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  • Black Friday: Get RAM for Your Mac Dirt Cheap!

    For Black Friday only....

    Does your Mac need a RAM upgrade? This upgrade will work with any new iMac, MacBook Pro and any other PC that will work with these RAM specs. NewEgg is selling 8GB RAM upgrades for only $29.99 apiece, marked down from $44.99. This RAM will work with the 2011 MacBook Pro 13-15-17 inch models as well as the 2011 iMac. This means you can upgrade your iMac to 16GB RAM very cheaply. In case you weren't aware, Apple charges $200 for the 8GB RAM upgrade. So why not grab the $30 upgrade and get the same specs for $170 off?

    I got my 8GB RAM upgrade from Crucial, who sells the 8GB (4GBx2) modules for $44.99. This is the same price that NewEgg sells them at, except that Crucial isn't having the Black Friday sale and NewEgg is. Crucial orders their RAM from manufacturer, Micron Technology while NewEgg orders their RAM from manufacturer PNY. Crucial's RAM gets a 4.5-star rating and NewEgg's RAM only gets a 3-star rating.

    Macs have some very RAM-intensive software like VMWare Fusion, Final Cut Pro, and Adobe Suite programs. If you are a big user of any of those, or you like to run numerous programs side-by-side on your computer, then why not check out this cheap RAM upgrade and have a more optimally running Mac while you multitask?

    PC users can take advantage of this upgrade as well. Windows has most of Mac's productivity software but also has its own lineup of RAM intensive software. Upgrading your RAM when you have one of Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors, when you don't have a video card, will increase your video memory. This means that you can game more optimally and lag less when playing. These processors use the Intel HD 3000 graphics which are set at 384MB of video memory when you have 4GB of RAM. Upgrading to 8GB of RAM will give you 512MB of video memory.

    Will you be buying a RAM upgrade from NewEgg for this year's Black Friday? Share in the comments below!

    Sources: NewEgg
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Black Friday: Get RAM for Your Mac Dirt Cheap! started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. Senyaichiya's Avatar
      Senyaichiya -
      I think I will!
      How hard would it be to install for someone who is a novice/someone who has never exposed their computers guts?
    1. Green Chicken's Avatar
      Green Chicken -
      Why do they only work with 2011 Macs?
    1. Senyaichiya's Avatar
      Senyaichiya -
      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post

      For Black Friday only....

      PC users can take advantage of this upgrade as well. Windows has most of Mac's productivity software but also has its own lineup of RAM intensive software. Upgrading your RAM when you have one of Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors, when you don't have a video card, will increase your video memory. This means that you can game more optimally and lag less when playing. These processors use the Intel HD 3000 graphics which are set at 384MB of video memory when you have 4GB of RAM. Upgrading to 8GB of RAM will give you 512MB of video memory.

      Sources: NewEgg

      If I read this correctly it says it works with PC as well.
    1. DonnyCapone's Avatar
      DonnyCapone -
      Quote Originally Posted by Green Chicken View Post
      Why do they only work with 2011 Macs?
      good question, i'd upgrade as well except my macbook pro is 2 years old.
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      Would this work in my new MacBook (not a pro)?
    1. SithStrife's Avatar
      SithStrife -
      Quote Originally Posted by Green Chicken View Post
      Why do they only work with 2011 Macs?
      Well, maybe because these RAMs are the 1333 MHz models which is not compatible with older Mac models.
    1. cdizzle's Avatar
      cdizzle -
      ok...i have a question....i have had multiple iPhones....this is my first macbook....i just purchased a 13 inch macbook pro a couple months ago....it came with 4gb of ram...so for $30 I can buy basically double the size of my ram? Or can I purchase two of the 8gb of ram to make my macbook have 16 gb of ram....either way...if I can double the size of my ram for 30 or quadruple it for 60 i would be very pleased...any help is appreciated
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by cdizzle View Post
      ok...i have a question....i have had multiple iPhones....this is my first macbook....i just purchased a 13 inch macbook pro a couple months ago....it came with 4gb of ram...so for $30 I can buy basically double the size of my ram? Or can I purchase two of the 8gb of ram to make my macbook have 16 gb of ram....either way...if I can double the size of my ram for 30 or quadruple it for 60 i would be very pleased...any help is appreciated
      16GB of 1333MHz Laptop RAM is very, very expensive. 8GB is much cheaper. Go ahead and upgrade, it's pretty cheap and I think it will bring more optimization to your computer. I originally had 4GB of RAM in my computer, but after opening a few intensive programs, I had around 200MB of free RAM left and my system started to choke. Since upgrading to 8GB, I have always had at least 4GB free, and no slowdowns when opening numerous applications.
    1. DaMan05's Avatar
      DaMan05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cdizzle View Post
      ok...i have a question....i have had multiple iPhones....this is my first macbook....i just purchased a 13 inch macbook pro a couple months ago....it came with 4gb of ram...so for $30 I can buy basically double the size of my ram? Or can I purchase two of the 8gb of ram to make my macbook have 16 gb of ram....either way...if I can double the size of my ram for 30 or quadruple it for 60 i would be very pleased...any help is appreciated
      yes you can get 8gb that easily

      but not 16gb, you only have 2 slots. so would have to get 2x8gb which is mad expensive right now
    1. duromega's Avatar
      duromega -
      Quote Originally Posted by Green Chicken View Post
      Why do they only work with 2011 Macs?
      Coz this is DDR3

      Old macs uses DDR2
    1. KuRuPtIoN's Avatar
      KuRuPtIoN -
      Will this work on my Mid 2009 Macbook Pro?
    1. cdizzle's Avatar
      cdizzle -
      Quote Originally Posted by DaMan05 View Post
      yes you can get 8gb that easily

      but not 16gb, you only have 2 slots. so would have to get 2x8gb which is mad expensive right now
      Thanks for the help

      Quote Originally Posted by Anthony Bouchard View Post
      16GB of 1333MHz Laptop RAM is very, very expensive. 8GB is much cheaper. Go ahead and upgrade, it's pretty cheap and I think it will bring more optimization to your computer. I originally had 4GB of RAM in my computer, but after opening a few intensive programs, I had around 200MB of free RAM left and my system started to choke. Since upgrading to 8GB, I have always had at least 4GB free, and no slowdowns when opening numerous applications.
      Thanks for the info and the help
    1. azxken's Avatar
      azxken -
      Does this work with the Mac Mini???
    1. Anthony Bouchard's Avatar
      Anthony Bouchard -
      Quote Originally Posted by azxken View Post
      Does this work with the Mac Mini???
      Yes it does.
    1. J Sweeney's Avatar
      J Sweeney -
      I payed $110 for 8GB for my Mac Mini I February, wow, but at least I got a lifetime warranty on the RAM.
    1. docsnavely's Avatar
      docsnavely -
      Quote Originally Posted by KuRuPtIoN View Post
      Will this work on my Mid 2009 Macbook Pro?
      Yes, it will just be slowed to 1066 by the processor, but you will be in essence doubling your current speed (assuming you have the standard 4gb that you got it with).

      I have a 2.53 ghz 15" MBP from 2009 and just ordered mine. I made sure to do the research a couple days ago in preparation for someone somewhere putting memory on sale for the holidays.
    1. kidmeepples's Avatar
      kidmeepples -
      Quote Originally Posted by duromega View Post
      Coz this is DDR3

      Old macs uses DDR2
      My 2009 macbook pro uses 2 2gb DDR3 would it still work for me?
    1. azdaspaz's Avatar
      azdaspaz -
      Anyone know of a sweet deal like this in Australia, or somewhere that ships to Australia?
    1. Galrash's Avatar
      Galrash -
      According to my research it will work just fine on my mid 2010 27inch iMac.

      Ordered and ready for 12GB of RAM pwnage
    1. tabit's Avatar
      tabit -
      The reviews of this memory on the new egg site looks bad. I'm not sure if this good memory?