The Ultimate Guide to Mac RAM

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davey

They why do we get pushed towards "apple certified" ram? Should it matter? or what information do we need to find/ask to find good non-certified(cheaper ram).

For instance Quantum Technologies(no relationship)has apple cert 16gb (2x8gb)kit PC1333, sodimm, 204pin, 199.99$ for value, 295.99 premium line, and on the "apple certified" side 1599.99 for value, 1999.99 for premium line(hypermedia). for comparison OWC 1419.99 for a 2x8gb kit for MBP.

I do know OWC uses 8layer pcb which is supposed to be more stable than 6layer as used in standard Crucial ram on newegg and probably many other cheaper brands. Other than that i'm not sure what else.

regardless of reason if I wanted to maxout my mac what do we need to know.

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MacNewton

Heads up for non-techs, ESD will kill your computer. Professional Mac techs are well trained in this area, although some of them don't follow this procedure. A good tech will. Keep this in mind when you see someone handling RAM without protection. Remember, EST may not kill your computer right away, but it may give you problems down the road. Test your RAM after installing.

Short for ElectroStatic Discharge, ESD is one of the few things an individual can do to damage or destroy his or her computer or hardware components. Much like the shock you receive when rubbing your feet on the carpet and touching something metal, ESD can occur when working in your computer and will cause components you touch to no longer work properly. ESD can occur without the user feeling a shock and will only occur while working on the inside of the computer or handling RAM.

How to help prevent ESD

The best method of preventing ESD is to use an ESD wrist strap or use a grounding mat or table. However, because most users do not have access to such items, we have included the below steps to help reduce the chances of ESD as much as possible.

If after working inside your computer or adding new RAM your computer no longer boots properly, the problem may be damaged RAM - If you did't know about ESD, you may have damaged the strip.

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purplemaizenjm

Thank you for the information... I did have the guide in my computer but somehow it got deleted... Thanks again.

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