hopefully they arent overpriced like apple is
Macs can use any old memory modules, SPD just means instead of 667 5-5-5-15, it might be 5-5-5-14 or some really minor change, in my opinion, you will be spending tons extra for very little if any performance upgrade.
The majority of the cost is just because its "apple certiifed" -- Apple tech's take the ram and do a HUGE amount of testing on it and eventually slap on their label saying "its good!!" and you pay more because apple approves of it.....as opposed to taking a chance on getting cheaper RAM that could very well be not 100% compatible with your system (and its much harder to detect on Macs I am told).
Kind of a pick your poison scenario.....
It is just lower latency RAM that can run.
Macs these days take any RAM a Windows PC can, and why not? They are the exact same thing pretty much.
still if i owned a mac i would rather run the apple certified stuff that way i wouldnt void a warranty
As long as its listed among the apple page under the DIY section -- anythign you do will not void the warranty; as I stated above, they just support apple certified before anything else and often times if you are having HW trouble, they will troubleshoot with you until they find out you don't have certified RAM and immediately say thats probably the problem and stop the troubleshooting
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