Tuesday, January 29, 2008

RAM upgrade on MacBook Pro

Last summer, my boss and I decided it was time to get rid of our painfully slow Acer laptops and buy something more up to scratch. The Santa Rosa chipset being the new kid on the block at the time, we opted for the new MacBook Pro from Apple. Very nice choice. They come standard with 2GB of RAM, which seems nice at first. Until you install Vista on it... and play a lot with VMWare Server or MS VirtualPC. 4GB would have been much nicer, but how not to shy away from Apple's 600€ premium when ordering online? Crazy prices... So the MacBook Pros were ordered with the standard 2GB of memory, as a start.

After a few months of use, they are really nice pieces of hardware, but what if we had chosen for those missing 2GB of RAM? ;-) DDR2 prices being so low at the present time, why wait longer for an upgrade? So, I checked the other reputable makers of RAM for advice on what to put in a MacBook Pro. Corsair and Kingston, the two online advisers I tried, both recommended specific items for the Mac, at a higher price naturally... But if the MacBook Pro has an Apple-designed motherboard, it relies on a standard Intel chipset. Why would a different kind of memory be needed? So I took the plunge and ordered several 2GB memory modules from the Kingston ValueRAM stable, DDR2 PC667, CL5, 256Mx64, 200Pin, 35€ each, on ComputerUniverse, excluding VAT. And guess what? I works like a charm.

The memory check in Vista's boot menu doesn't detect any error, and the system is much more responsive. I'm running Vista x64 Ultimate, and it kicks ass :-)

I'll report later if I encounter any problem with this setup, but so far, I'm very happy with this purchase.

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