Swimming with the Razorfishes

Sunday, June 10, 2007

An Observation and a Question

Observation:

Kudos to Apple for rolling out such a nice package around Intel's Santa Rosa chipset. The $1,999.00 15" model is good value for the money.

That being said, what is with the bone-headed RAM configuration?

One of the selling points for the new laptop is that it will accept 4 gig of RAM. Nice, except that apple charges $750 to add 4 gig. That is insane. You could buy the RAM yourself for $350 (Apple's volume allows it to buy the RAM even less expensively). Even worse, Apple will sell you the laptop in two memory configurations: a 1 gig chip in each of the top and bottom slots, or a 2 gig chip in each of the slots (the $750 option).

So you waste $300 on Apple's strangely expensive RAM, or you get the 2 gig configuration. I don't know if this laptop is differently designed, but previous MBP models didn't provide access to the lower slot. I also don't know if this hardware requires installing RAM in pairs. So purchasing the 2 gig option effectively limits you to 3 gig, even if you are willing to throw out a the chip in the top slot.

This is crap. Apple should provide more flexible memory configurations, or should stop gouging people. They had, for a while, abandoned this asinine policy of overpricing RAM, but it seems Cupertino is backsliding. Is there any reason for this limited configuration other than fattening profit margins?

Question:

Once Leopard is released and the OS is 64-bit clean, will I Be able to put 4 gig of RAM in my 2.16 GHz Macbook Pro, or is there some dipshit hardware reason why I'm limited to 3 gig?

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