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Old Apr 22nd, 2008, 12:21 AM   #1
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Kingston vs Crucial

Hey Guys, I've done a load of research and haven't been able to come to a conclusion.

I'm buying a 13 inch black macbook
* 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
* 2GB memory
* 250GB hard drive1
* Double-layer SuperDrive
But I'm going to upgrade to 4gb of ram right out of the gate, or shortly after.

I was wondering what is the better performing ram of the two, or if it really makes a difference.

I've found some crucial right of the site(which is extremely useful with its ram detector), for around $112 shipped in two business days.

4GB kit (2GBx2), 200-pin SODIMM, DDR2 PC2-5300 upgrades for Apple MacBook 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (13-inch Black) Laptop/Notebook, CT791059 from

But I've always known it is an unwritten rule that Kingston is the highest quality, or at least known for its high quality.

Has anyone had good success with either Kingston or Crucial.. and is 112 a good deal for Crucial?

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Old Apr 22nd, 2008, 12:52 AM   #2
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Both Kingston (the KTA-MB667/2G) and Crucial are good RAM, they will give you exactly, precisely the same performance in your Mac.

When looking at USA pricing, make sure you take into account that your charge card will charge you 4 - 4.5% worse than the Bank of Canada exchange rate on US, and that shipping may be more expensive, and you may have customs brokerage in addition to taxes.

Good deals are available in Canada
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Old Apr 22nd, 2008, 12:56 AM   #3
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Both Kingston and Crucial are the best in the business. Both test non-"value" RAM before shipping it, unlike many other providers. Go with whichever has a better price, so long as both are Mac-certified/guaranteed.
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Old Apr 22nd, 2008, 03:59 AM   #4
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I would suggest to you to support Canada memory dealers such as CanadaRAM or Canada Computers (and I'm sure there are lots of others). I've found both to be very competitive, often quite the bargain once you add up the "real" cost of getting RAM from the states.

In particular, the big advantage isn't really in price, but in "what if the RAM turns out to be bad or the wrong type or some other weirdness?" Dealing with a Canadian dealer is likely to be a faster and better experience than dealing with international returns, etc.
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Old Apr 22nd, 2008, 09:58 AM   #5
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Bought 4 of these: - Buy OCZ Value Series PC2-5400 2GB 1X2GB DDR2-667 200PIN SODIMM Memory - OCZ2MV6672G In Canada.

($30 this week.)

And 4 of these: - Buy Buffalo Certified 2GB 1X2GB PC2-5300 DDR2-667 CL5 200PIN SODIMM Memory - D2N667C-2G In Canada.

($40 this week.)

In the last month- of course when prices were between $35-$40.

Went into 3x 17" MBP and 1x 15" MBP. Excellent ram, excellent value...

One or the other or both are discounted every week. No PST for out of BC purchases, so kind of cancels out any shipping costs. $400 to go from 2g to 4g on new machine bought from Apple. As if...
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Future Shop has a pretty good deal on Crucial RAM here
2.2Ghz Macbook Pro, 160GB HD, 4GB Ram
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Old Apr 23rd, 2008, 10:45 AM   #7
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Will that ocz ram work in a c2d mini?
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Old Apr 23rd, 2008, 12:04 PM   #8
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The one thing that I like about the Crucial official website.
Is I can use the RAM detector and it will tell me exactly which RAM I need to get for my computer, and it's guaranteed to work.

Just checkin though...
If I'm getting the latest black macbook.. this is the type of ram I would pick correct?
"CT791059 4GB kit (2GBx2), 200-pin SODIMM
shop for moreMacBook 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (13-inch Black) DDRII upgrades"

Oh BTW the 4GB kit comes to 111$ with two day Fedex shipping CAD.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2008, 12:08 PM   #9
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Yes you just need 200 pin SODIMM DDR2 ram so any of the links in this thread would work. I got my 8 gigs from CanadaRam and have no complaints about price or service. There isn't much reason to import these days esp given the sales FS and BB have been having on name brand ram.
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