While it is never pleasant to be the bearer of unpleasant tidings, we strive to keep our readers well-informed on industry trends that could affect your purchase decisions. For the past couple months, we’ve been seeing a trend in rising memory prices.
Actually, memory costs started going up before Christmas, but supply of memory at the higher costs have been coming into play over the last several weeks. Higher cost for memory equates to higher prices at checkout.
Why are memory costs up?
Real supply issues with the components have resulted in these cost increases. Supply is pressured due to substantially growing demand for the higher density parts and a lack of excess capacity production. It should be known that Micron and Samsung – the largest producers of DRAM memory devices today – both posted 4th quarter losses for their DRAM divisions. When a producer is losing money, they tend not to run up supply.
All is not lost though. It is important to note that today’s memory pricing is still Article Continues…
Other World Computing announced today the immediate availability of the OWC Memory Upgrade DIY Kit for 2013 21.5″ Apple iMac Core i3 Education models introduced last week. Offering up to 4x the RAM — 16GB — versus the factory base configuration of 4GB, the OWC Memory Upgrade DIY Kits come complete with an iMac opening tool, suction cups for safe screen removal, 11-piece toolkit, foam adhesive for proper glass and display resealing, and microfiber screen cloth. Both an 8GB and 16GB complete kit, as well as no tools, memory modules only kits, are supported by a ‘how-to’ video and OWC Lifetime warranty.
Savings Over $140 Compared To Factory Upgrade
When compared to the same-sized factory maximum memory option of 16GB, the $149.99 OWC Memory Upgrade DIY Kit offers 44 percent savings compared to the factory cost of $270. For even more savings, memory modules only (no tools) kits can be selected as well as the two factory base 2GB memory modules can be traded-in to OWC for a cash-back rebate. Article Continues…
The OWC Test Lab technicians have been at it again. After hearing a few forum whispers of 32GB of memory working in the Late 2009 iMacs, we started our own investigation into the matter.
To be honest, we weren’t very optimistic on this rumor as, by specification, the Intel processors used in these machines list a maximum of 16GB of total memory…and our initial OWC MaxRAM Memory Certification tests didn’t pass.
We started our testing with the base Core 2 Duo (iMac10,1) model and have indeed confirmed that the Core 2 Duo models max out at 16GB of memory. When more than 16GB of memory is installed in those systems, the machine just would not complete booting. The prospect wasn’t looking too good.
But then we tested the other end of the spectrum with the 2.8 GHz Core i7 (iMac11,1) model and that is when the testing started to tell a completely different story. Article Continues…
As you may recall, Apple changed the hard drive upgrading game with the 2011 iMac.
Up until 2009, changing a drive was easy once you could get to it. A few screws here, a connector there and voila – you were good to go. And OWC had you covered for all your iMac DIY hard drive upgrades.
With the late 2009 iMacs, Apple introduced a different connector for each brand drive, but as long as you stayed within the same hard drive brand, then it was the same, once you got to it – it was easy-peasy to make the old switch-a-roo. And OWC had you covered for your iMac DIY hard drive upgrades.
Then came the 2010 iMacs and the ‘same for same’ caveat still applied, but the 27″ iMac model introduced an additional SATA drive connection on the motherboard and the OWC Turnkey Upgrade program was born. Send us your 27″ iMac and we’d add up to 3 SSDs or even an eSATA port. It was a little more difficult, so we started with a do-it-for-you service, then made it available as a DIY kit. And OWC had you covered for all your iMac DIY hard drive upgrades.
Lo and behold, the 2011 iMac changed the game again, no longer could you swap out the drive without failing the Apple Hardware Test (AHT) and sending the fans into a tizzy. Soon after, we expanded the iMac Turnkey Program with our Do-it-for-you service on these machines as well. And, now, we’re happy to announce that we’ve crafted that solution into an elegant little DIY Kit. So, once again, OWC has you covered for all your iMac DIY hard drive upgrades. Article Continues…
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 | Author: OWC Larry
In mathematics, the easiest equations to solve are the simplest equations. And like in math, this principle applies to your technology. At Other World Computing, this philosophy is put into practice when providing an easy equation for upgrading your machine. To put it simply: More Memory = A Faster Mac.
When using a computer, one of the most important factors is speed. Speed affects how smoothly applications will run and how many can run at once. Running multiple apps with insufficient memory can cause drastic slowdowns, costing you valuable work time. And programs like Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, iMovie, even iPhoto can be severely limited by too little memory.
As outlined previously here at the OWC blog, upgrading your memory is incredibly easy. All you need to do is check your model ID number with ‘About This Mac’. Then use OWC’s memory guide to see how much your Mac can take and the cost. If you need help installing the memory, installation videos make this a simple “DIY” job for almost any Mac. Article Continues…