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Aren't these two memory sticks the same?


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http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/MPa...9&WSPN=CT372707


http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/Par...464X265&cat=RAM


As far as I can tell these two sticks are identical, except that one is listed specifically as an upgrade to the ibook, and the other is listed simply as a 200-pin 512 MB PC2100 SO-DIMM. Funny thing is the price is 25 less for the latter (i.e. the one that is not listed specifically for Apple)!

Is there any reason the cheaper stick won't work in my 1.2 GHz iBook?
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Throwing caution to the wind I decided to order the cheaper one anyways. I think it should work just fine, but I'll be able to report definitive results in a couple days when I get it.
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25 is quite a difference. but i wish you luck.

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25 is quite a difference. but i wish you luck.
I know! But what could possibly be the difference!! The specs are identical although they don't give you as much information in the Apple-specific listing:

Apple-specific listing: 512MB DDR PC2100 CL=2.5 UNBUFFERED NON-ECC DDR266 2.5V

regular 200-pin SO-Dimm: 512 MB - DDR PC2100 CL=2.5 UNBUFFERED NON-ECC DDR266 2.5V 64Meg x 64

The only difference in the listings is the '64 Meg x 64' part. I hope that's not important .
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I know! But what could possibly be the difference!! The specs are identical although they don't give you as much information in the Apple-specific listing:

Apple-specific listing: 512MB DDR PC2100 CL=2.5 UNBUFFERED NON-ECC DDR266 2.5V

regular 200-pin SO-Dimm: 512 MB - DDR PC2100 CL=2.5 UNBUFFERED NON-ECC DDR266 2.5V 64Meg x 64

The only difference in the listings is the '64 Meg x 64' part. I hope that's not important .
Let us know how you got on...I'm looking to upgrade my ibook, and I'm guessing if theres 25 difference between the 256mb sticks, it will be the same or bigger difference between the 512mb sticks or even 1gb sticks !
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i'm not an expert in RAM but 64 x 64 sounds weird.

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Well, here's another thing - when you go to the overall list of PC2100 memory which, if the two sticks were actually different should include both of them, only the non-apple-specific stick is shown.

Also, it appears that the price discrepancy exists ONLY for the 512 MB stick. The 128, 256, and 1GB prices are the same for both listings.

And finally, the apple-specific listings for the 128, 256, and 1GB sticks show '16 x 64', '32 x 64', and '128 x 64' respectively, but '64 x 64' is not shown for the 512 MB apple listing.

I think they're trying to take us for a ride with the 512 MB stick for some reason by charging extra if you buy it using their Memory Finder or whatever you call it.
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I'm REALLY not sure, but the 64X64 listing might be the internal arrangement of the RAM block sizes. Serial and parallel accesses do make a difference, but that's something VERY itnernal to the RAM and I dont see why they would put info like that.

as i said, i could be horribly off target here.
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Umm...Just to add..
those links don't work!
(Come up with page not found error from Crucial)
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I would go with the cheaper one, I bet you won't have any problems with it.
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Hey, excellent discovery there! I was planning to get only 256MB because the 512MB is such a rip-off at 3x the price of a 256MB for just double the amount of memory! I hope that the cheaper one works for you and if so, then I'll place my order for a 512MB one straight away!

Btw, 200-pin SODIMMS are only for laptops right?
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I contacted Crucial Customer Service yesterday with this question, and here is a transcript of my online conversation (it reads from the bottom up):

Jennie> You're welcome. Thank you for visiting Crucial.com, and have a
great day.
Doug> right. okay, thanks very much.
Jennie> Just in they way you selected they item you were searching for.
Doug> the more expensive one only comes up when using the memory finder
for an apple ibook G4.
Doug> heh. that's what i expected. any idea why they have two different
prices?
Jennie> They are the same. I would select the cheaper one of the.
Doug> right
Jennie> One moment, please, while I review your inquiry.
Doug> but one costs notably more than the other
Doug> all the specs appear identical
Doug> both are 512 MB PC 2100 200-pin SO-DIMMs
Doug> i'm just wondering what the difference is between these two items:
CT6464X265 and CT372707
Doug> hi there

Jennie> Hello Doug. How can I help you?

So there you have it. Both are the same, but Apple users who use the 'Memory Finder' and may not be tech savvy enough to search the regular listing (nobody here I'm sure ) get hosed.
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jesus, thats pretty harsh, basically they charge you 25 to tell you what type of ram you need!

suddenly i'm glad i didn't order the dearer stuff as i was going to a couple of weeks ago!


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this is another reason I stick with OWC:mac:
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jesus, thats pretty harsh, basically they charge you 25 to tell you what type of ram you need!

suddenly i'm glad i didn't order the dearer stuff as i was going to a couple of weeks ago!


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SAME HERE! Ok, I think I'm gonna place my order for the 512MB stick now!
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