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[Apple] Kingston KTA-MB1600/8GB SODIMM $51.98 (Mac 2012)

Kingston KTA-MB1600/8G Apple 8GB 1600MHz SODIMM for $51.98 @NCIX.ca.
Best price so far for 16GB RAM upgrade on 2012 Apple Mac Mini, MBP, etc.

G-Skills FA-1600C11S-8GSQ for $42.99 @newegg.ca but with $9.99 shipping, total $52.99... :(

Kingston with $51.98 still on the top of the list, so far. ;)

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tokiwadai wrote: That's is 1333Mhz. (Late) 2012 Mac needs 1600MHz, http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5475.

Not sure how the performance will be affected if you use 1333 vs 1600...
I went a G Skill 16 gb SODIMM kit 1600Mhz which was on for $59.99 during Boxing Day (RAM doesn't need to be Mac certified to work in a Mac, they just had the time to test and mark it up some) :) . I'm waiting for a 32 gb kit and hoping it will work in my 2012 MBP
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Mushkin recommended for Apple (late) 2012 is 977038A ($99.99 @ncix) vs
the 972038A model for $49.99 below.

"Apple approved 2x8GB kits for $75" --> Care to elaborate? URL links?
ijustgotadeal wrote: Why use this over say:

$37.99 Mushkin Enhanced 8GB PC3-10600 DDR3-1333 CL9 SODIMM Single Memory Module for Apple
or
$49.99 Mushkin Enhanced 8GB PC3L-12800 DDR3-1600 CL11 SODIMM Single Memory Module for Apple

Several sites have had Apple approved 2x8GB kits for $75. I don't see why $50 for 1x8GB would be HOT!
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tokiwadai wrote: That's is 1333Mhz. (Late) 2012 Mac needs 1600MHz, http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5475.

Not sure how the performance will be affected if you use 1333 vs 1600...
2 x 4GB 1333 is still better than 2 x 2GB 1600 (stock), no?

I have some extra 4GB G-Skills kicking around, not sure if I would ever use 16GB

Edit: OP, what about the 8GB 1600 DDR3 204 G-Skills for around $40?
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Good find!

G-Skills recommends this one for Mac 2012.
It's currently $42.99 @newegg.ca with shipping $9.99, it goes up to $52.99... :(
Kingston with $51.98 still on the top of the list, so far. ;)

As for 2x4GB 1333 vs 2x2GB 1600, my take will be 2 x 4GB for a bigger RAM...

AncasterRFD wrote: 2 x 4GB 1333 is still better than 2 x 2GB 1600 (stock), no?

I have some extra 4GB G-Skills kicking around, not sure if I would ever use 16GB

Edit: OP, what about the 8GB 1600 DDR3 204 G-Skills for around $40?
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tokiwadai wrote: Good find!

G-Skills recommends this one for Mac 2012.
It's currently $42.99 @newegg.ca with shipping $9.99, it goes up to $52.99... :(
Kingston with $51.98 still on the top of the list, so far. ;)

As for 2x4GB 1333 vs 2x2GB 1600, my take will be 2 x 4GB for a bigger RAM...
No shipping, buy it in-store at NCIX, CC... whoever is closest.
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Currently neither NCIX, CC have G-Skills FA-1600C11S-8GSQ though...
AncasterRFD wrote: No shipping, buy it in-store at NCIX, CC... whoever is closest.
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what's so special about apple version? a ram is a ram, there were intel, amd, ati, nvidia versions, all marketing lies

btw, cheapest 2x8gb 1600 was $49 last nov, newegg shell shocker, G.SKILL F3-1600C10D-16GSQ 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-1600 204PIN CL10 SODIMM Non-ECC Dual Channel Memory Kit
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A ram is not just a ram. They certified it for a reason.
wlee wrote: what's so special about apple version? a ram is a ram, there were intel, amd, ati, nvidia versions, all marketing lies

btw, cheapest 2x8gb 1600 was $49 last nov, newegg shell shocker, G.SKILL F3-1600C10D-16GSQ 16GB 2X8GB DDR3-1600 204PIN CL10 SODIMM Non-ECC Dual Channel Memory Kit
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wlee wrote: what's so special about apple version? a ram is a ram, there were intel, amd, ati, nvidia versions, all marketing lies
If you use a magnifying glass, you'll see the Apple symbol near the pins.
If you carefully remove the sticker and inspect it with a microscope, it is made up of '$' signs.

Srsly, +1 to what you said, just match the specs, no need to go by specific brand/model recommended. I've done it on MacBooks and Minis.
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xjune9x wrote: A ram is not just a ram. They certified it for a reason.
Certification is required only if hardware is specialized like Enterprise

Apple uses mass hardware, nothing special. RAM is independent of OS
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wlee wrote: Great pm'ed with Ncix
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