MacPro aftermarket RAM... do these have the proper heat protection?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by jordansampson, Aug 17, 2006.

  1. macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2006

    OWC Modules offered for the Apple Mac Pro utilize an Apple Qualified Heat-Spreader to meet Apple's more robust thermal specifications and fully ensure the reliable operation of modules today and for the long term within the Apple Mac Pro Quad Xeon towers.

    As per Apple notes - more than just meeting JEDEC specifications, modules going into Mac Pros need to have the appropriate heat spreader. Use of JEDEC standard modules without an Apple Qualified Heat-Spreader can result in higher fan speed operation or even a slow down of the installed memory in order to prevent overheating.

    We also have seen it reported that some who have used non-Apple qualified modules have experienced 'Soft Errors' ECC reported.

    - do you think this is legit ?
  2. macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    Houston, Tx
    #2 has always had very high quality products. Ive bought Lots of RAM from them, most of it with Lifetime warranties.
    The ram they sell for the MAC PRO comes with a lifetime warranty, so no worries:D
  3. macrumors 6502

    Aug 28, 2003
    Macsolutions memory for the MacPro

    I bought ram from MacSolutions for my MacPro and am very happy with it. It does have heat shields though not quite the fins of Apple's Ram. But in 24 hours of nonstop use I haven't heard the fan cut on at all. And this is in a room that is already a bit warm (summer here). Shrug.

    I bought from Macsolutions because they had 512 modules to balance out what I got in the machine stock and because their prices were much lower. They come with a lifetime guarantee as well.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2006
    Wow, that's pretty awesome. Finally somebody's making the right RAM.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Mar 1, 2004
    In a nice place..
    Regarding these "people" with memory errors. I have only seen 1 person report soft memory errors. Has anybody seen more than that 1 report that was done a week ago?

    So far I have been running a week with my DMS memory, and everything is normal.

    I am really looking forward to learning of all the compatible memory, should provide with cheaper memory upgrade paths in the future.

  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2006
    thank for the feedback ... looks liek ill get some :) thank you
  7. macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2006
    D'oh, the OWC RAM doesn't come in 512.
  8. macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2004
    Saint Louis, MO
    This was the same RAM that I bought at
  9. macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2006
    western massachusetts
    I bought mine from Apple and while waiting for it, bought some from 'cause I needed it for a RAM intensive job. The modules were 512mb. 2 gig is all I need (but I do NEED it). These had stamped steel sheetmetal covers held on by clips. When the Apple RAM came I was going to send it back and I noticed that the company was selling Samsung modules alongside for almost Apple prices. Just for laughs, I shut down and felt the heat sink on the aftermarket RAM and it was too hot to touch comfortably while the Apple RAM was warm. Also noticed that it said
    512MB ELP DDR2/667/FB I would have expected EEC not ELP any ideas, worked fine except for the heat which didn't turn the fans up. The machine does feel snappy with the Apple RAM and the slowdowns I was having in the finder are gone (wido re-drawing) who knows. I want to sell this but would like to know what I'm selling first. I called Apple and asked a Tech who didn't know what it was but told me if overheated memory caused any problem in my machine it would void the warranty. In fact he said the mere presence of non-Apple RAM would void the warranty although I think he is out to lunch there.
  10. macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2006

    could you run this test and post if you had any errors?

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