View Full Version : Apple vs Kingston RAM

18th May 2009, 05:46 PM
Hi all

I'm looking at upgrading the RAM in my MacBook from 2GB to 4GB.
Just wanted to know is there any advantage whatsoever of buying the RAM from Apple (http://store.apple.com/au/memorymodel/ME_13_2_1_MB) ($360) over Kingston (http://www.ramcity.com.au/product/KIN1-AMK(DD-4G-01.htm) ($135)?

Speed, Performance, lifespan, reliability, anything at all?


18th May 2009, 05:49 PM

as long as the ram is of the same speed rating as the one you're replacing you will be fine.

18th May 2009, 05:50 PM
Nope, none at all.

I believe that it's Kingston RAM that is installed in most Mac's by default.

18th May 2009, 06:42 PM
It's mostly Hynix that's installed in new Macs by default - tbh, Kingston doesn't have the name it used to - you're just as well going off with a no-name brand than paying the premium Kingston charge, just make sure it comes with a lifetime warranty

18th May 2009, 07:32 PM
I installed 4GB of Kingston RAM in my iMac about 12 months ago and have never had a problem with it...

Check out msy (http://www.msy.com.au) for good prices on SO DIMM DDR ram... I got mine for under $90

18th May 2009, 07:33 PM
Apple don't make RAM... they rebadge.

18th May 2009, 11:45 PM
and it is possible that kingston may be an OEM selling to apple?

19th May 2009, 10:55 AM
Certainly possible, although a little unlikely in my opinion.

19th May 2009, 11:03 AM
any idea who mite be selling memory chips to apple? it will be interesting to find out.

19th May 2009, 12:09 PM
I'd say it's probably the cheapest bidder with semi decent quality control.

19th May 2009, 02:26 PM
any idea who mite be selling memory chips to apple? it will be interesting to find out.

Pull some out and look at them.

19th May 2009, 03:14 PM
Pull some out and look at them.

It's usually Samsung or Hynix.

19th May 2009, 04:49 PM
Thanks for the feedback everyone, I'll probably just go with the Kingston then.
Lifetime warranty so it should be fine.

Thanks again.

19th May 2009, 08:56 PM
Pull some out and look at them.
me dun have access to a mac right now :p. waiting on my mbp to come in.

19th May 2009, 09:38 PM
It'll be Samsung, Hynix, Geedom, Golden Mars or CEON.

21st May 2009, 08:33 AM
My MacBook came with Micron RAM.