Den Ben’s Blog

October 25, 2008

Why does Apple memory cost so much?

Filed under: macbook, Propaganda, Rant — Tags: , , , — benpittoors @ 20:08

After installing a .Net development environment in a VirtualBox Vista machine on my macbook, I decided to upgrade from 2GB to 4GB so I fired up a web browser to the Apple Store. Man, was I disappointed…

The upgrade kit that includes two 2GB DDR2 (PC5300) laptop memory modules is listed at 280 EUR. And that was about 3 times as much as I was willing to spend on it.

Of course, I knew Apple would charge more than average for a memory upgrade. And I’m certainly not the first person to have noticed that :-). But I bought the memory for a mere 50 EUR some place else. That’s right! Less than 1/5th of the Apple Store price. So ‘above average’ is kind of an understatement here…

Ohw, and for those of you wondering: I bought “Kingston ValueRAM SO-DIMM 4GB DDR2 Kit (KVR667D2S5K2/4G)” and it works just fine in my macbook. 2 runs of memtest reported no errors.

Side note: the VirtualBox Vista experience index with 2GB’s of allocated memory for ‘Memory’ went up from 4.5 to 4.8 ;-)



  1. Where did you buy the memory?

    Comment by Vlax — November 16, 2010 @ 12:35

  2. at a local computer hardware store (not an on line one, I doubt that they’ll ship internationally)
    but it has been 2 years already :) I guess prices went up since then because it is now listed at EUR 79.90

    Comment by benpittoors — November 16, 2010 @ 12:44

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