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Old Dec 19, 2013, 12:53 PM   #1
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OWC Announces RAM Upgrades for New Mac Pro, Up to 64 GB for $895




Following today's launch of the new Mac Pro, Other World Computing has announced new RAM upgrade kits for the machines. The ECC 1866 Mhz quad-channel kits are available in both 32 GB and 64 GB at prices up to 31 percent lower than factory upgrade options.

- OWC 32GB Kit (8GB x 4 matched 1866MHz): $449.00
- OWC 64GB Kit (16GB x 4 matched 1866MHz): $895.00

The same upgrades directly from Apple are priced at an additional $500 for 32 GB and $1300 for 64 GB of RAM in the lower-end quad-core Mac Pro and $400/$1200 in the higher-end 6-core Mac Pro.

Crucial has memory upgrade options available as well, with a 32 GB kit priced at $439.

OWC is also offering a trade-in rebate for the original factory memory, giving customers up to $100 towards the purchase of a memory kit. Apple's Mac Pro, which went on sale at midnight, is currently shipping in February at the earliest.

Article Link: OWC Announces RAM Upgrades for New Mac Pro, Up to 64 GB for $895
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 12:56 PM   #2
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Sweet I can save $500 on my MacPro which won't be here for three months!
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 12:57 PM   #3
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This is really good news, the Apple tax on RAM has always been ridiculous. Plus I find OWC normally have a bit of a premium anyway, so it can only get cheaper!
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Is my math totally off? Might be the caffeine in me right now…

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Old Dec 19, 2013, 03:41 PM   #5
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Apple's RAM upgrade pricing is usually ridiculous. On the other hand, OWC is rarely a bargain. In this case they're fairly competitive.

Kingston 16GB 240-Pin DDR3 1866 ECC Registered Server DIMMs are $209.99 at Newegg, which would work out to $839.96 for 64GB.

Edit: Hynix modules from SuperBiiz seem to be the cheapest—$671.96 plus shipping.

If you're going to pay a ton for RAM, you might as well go all out and spend $3076.00 for 4x 32GB LRDIMMs, which should work just fine and allow for 128GB total.

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If you're going to pay a ton for RAM, you might as well go all out and spend $3076.00 for 4x 32GB LRDIMMs, which should work just fine and allow for 128GB total.
Just 6 years ago I was still using a computer with just 80GB of storage. Then again, I bought that computer 10 years ago as a computer that had been aimed at the education market, and your hypothetical computer is aimed at people who have a need for inane amounts of performance.

I can't even imagine anything that would require anywhere near that amount of RAM.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 07:18 PM   #7
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Just 6 years ago I was still using a computer with just 80GB of storage. Then again, I bought that computer 10 years ago as a computer that had been aimed at the education market, and your hypothetical computer is aimed at people who have a need for inane amounts of performance.

I can't even imagine anything that would require anywhere near that amount of RAM.
I'm pretty sure I paid right around $3k for 32MB of RAM for my Mac IIci 21 years ago! Then again I also had a massive, 130MB SCSI HDD at the time as well...

Strangely, maximum RAM capacity is a limiting factor for several people I know, and Apple's decision to go with only 1 DIMM slot per channel (vs. the 3 that the platform is capable of supporting) is fairly restrictive. At least it makes upgrading to higher capacities considerably more expensive. If they had gone with 8 DIMM slots, 128GB would only run $1343.92.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 08:56 PM   #8
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This is really good news, the Apple tax on RAM has always been ridiculous. Plus I find OWC normally have a bit of a premium anyway, so it can only get cheaper!
I get tired of messing with 3rd party RAM though.. Both times I have ordered from OWC I got bad SIMM modules and had to have them replaced.
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Sweet I can save $500 on my MacPro which won't be here for three months!
You can simply wait until your MacPro arrives and then deal with the memory situation.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 09:01 PM   #10
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Cool I can buy a new computer with 64GB of RAM!
Better than 16GB costing around 1000USD couple years ago.
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I get tired of messing with 3rd party RAM though.. Both times I have ordered from OWC I got bad SIMM modules and had to have them replaced.
Well, if it's been 20 years since you've ordered from them, you might want to try again.

RAM is one of those things where you really shouldn't just look for the cheapest available.
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But is it as black and beautiful as the original Apple designed RAM? : )
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Old Dec 20, 2013, 06:02 AM   #13
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I wonder what the timings are like compared to Apple's own supplied RAM.

Retina MacBook Pro has some fast timed RAM, 5-5-8-11, most people were comparing prices using 11-11-11 or 12-12-12. Apple's RAM is about 20% faster. The only RAM I could find at Apple's timings was from HP and CISCO for high performance servers and switches, and they charged 10 times more than Apple.
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I wonder what the timings are like compared to Apple's own supplied RAM.

Retina MacBook Pro has some fast timed RAM, 5-5-8-11, most people were comparing prices using 11-11-11 or 12-12-12. Apple's RAM is about 20% faster. The only RAM I could find at Apple's timings was from HP and CISCO for high performance servers and switches, and they charged 10 times more than Apple.
not sure were you have seen that but the ram is 11-11-11-28 standart timing DDR3L
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Sweet I can save $500 on my MacPro which won't be here for three months!
If you can hold off buying memory for your new Mac Pro until it arrives, you'll probably save even more money.
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If you can hold off buying memory for your new Mac Pro until it arrives, you'll probably save even more money.
I was going to say the same thing. As more companies get into this market the better the pricing will be.
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Apple's RAM upgrade pricing is usually ridiculous. On the other hand, OWC is rarely a bargain. In this case they're fairly competitive.

Kingston 16GB 240-Pin DDR3 1866 ECC Registered Server DIMMs are $209.99 at Newegg, which would work out to $839.96 for 64GB.

Edit: Hynix modules from SuperBiiz seem to be the cheapest—$671.96 plus shipping.

If you're going to pay a ton for RAM, you might as well go all out and spend $3076.00 for 4x 32GB LRDIMMs, which should work just fine and allow for 128GB total.
isnt OSX hard limited to 96GB of RAM? or was that limit removed in mavericks?

(edit) for older macs at least looks to be a bit piecemeal. but new mac pros should be good.
http://macperformanceguide.com/blog/...GB-in-use.html
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If you're going to pay a ton for RAM, you might as well go all out and spend $3076.00 for 4x 32GB LRDIMMs, which should work just fine and allow for 128GB total.
I am ready to go "all out", as you say, and buy the 128GB. I would like proof, however, that Apple will allow their 12-core Intel processor in the new Mac Pros to access that much RAM. Sometimes Apple does unexpected things with their chipset.

Please, if you hear about someone installing and utilizing 128 GB of RAM in the new Mac Pro, I would like to see evidence before I go "all out" and buy it. I am ready but waiting for evidence.

[[I am also looking, of course, for an affordable way to do this! $3076 is not too bad!]]
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I am ready to go "all out", as you say, and buy the 128GB. I would like proof, however, that Apple will allow their 12-core Intel processor in the new Mac Pros to access that much RAM. Sometimes Apple does unexpected things with their chipset.

Please, if you hear about someone installing and utilizing 128 GB of RAM in the new Mac Pro, I would like to see evidence before I go "all out" and buy it. I am ready but waiting for evidence.

[[I am also looking, of course, for an affordable way to do this! $3076 is not too bad!]]
I'm sure it won't be long before some people/companies attempt this and post the results and recommendations.
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Old Dec 20, 2013, 10:04 PM   #20
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32 more expensive?

I know that you are getting 4 more chips and could sell your existing chips, but I was still surprised to see that the 32 GB at $449 is more expensive than just upgrading on order from Apple directly, where the 32GB upgrade is only 400.
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I know that you are getting 4 more chips and could sell your existing chips, but I was still surprised to see that the 32 GB at $449 is more expensive than just upgrading on order from Apple directly, where the 32GB upgrade is only 400.
That's because you already bought the first 16 from Apple in the base price.
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i can't wait to see OWC offer SSD upgrades for the new Mac Pro too
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Sweet I can save $500 on my MacPro which won't be here for three months!
I knew that was gonna happen. I want one, but I ain't "pre-ordering". I'll wait until I know it's really available.
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I'm pretty sure I paid right around $3k for 32MB of RAM for my Mac IIci 21 years ago!
Ouch! In 1994, I paid (my father) $400.00 for 16MB RAM for my Packard Bell Legend 1956 Supreme. It was a Intel 50MHz (DX/2), 400MB HDD. I needed the extra RAM to play Ultima VIII: Pagan.

Anyone else spend as much as a computer costs these days just for RAM back in the day?
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Apple's RAM upgrade pricing is usually ridiculous. On the other hand, OWC is rarely a bargain. In this case they're fairly competitive.

...

Edit: Hynix modules from SuperBiiz seem to be the cheapest—$671.96 plus shipping.
Apple uses Hynix RAM...

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I can't even imagine anything that would require anywhere near that amount of RAM.
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