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Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Yellowstone2012, Jul 7, 2011.
Is it possible Apple will introduce a Mac Pro with an option of 128GB RAM?
Is it necessary to need that much ram?
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They might. The 64gb version is a bloody beast!
I know OWC say 8x16GB DIMMS don't work (and only sell 6x16GB), but technically they should. Don't think anyone has tried 32GB DIMMs, but again there doesn't appear any technical reason they wouldn't work. Buy them if you want that much memory, return them if they don't work.
You know you're old when....
Well, it you wanna use the thing for a couple of decades, yes. No other computer manufacture (that I know of) is producing a computer with those specs.
I hope so; 128GB, and I may be in. Peferred specs:
Two 2.93GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon Westmere (12 cores)
512GB solid-state drive
512GB solid-state drive
512GB solid-state drive
Two ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
Two 18x SuperDrives
Apple Magic Mouse + Magic Trackpad
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) & User's Guide
When/If I do get this; I plan on using it for a couple decades. (maybe even more than a couple)
Decades!? - this will maybe be entry level in 5 years and useless in 10 years for professional use. So burn your money now and you will remember this act for at least 2 decades.
You must be joking. That would be like getting by today with a 25MHz Mac Quadra, MacOS 8.1, 68MB of RAM, and a floppy drive. You'd have 24-bit color at a maximum resolution of 832 x 624.
You're joking, right?
+1 to this, Apple will probably cut 2010 Mac Pro out from OSX 10.9
and 5770 is already just barely enough for todays graphics
you dont gain from building supercomputers, you gain from buying new every 5-8 years
10 years ago we had desktop computers with 1-3GHz CPU, now we have 1.2GHz dual cores in our cellphones...
Dell, Fujitsu, HP and Lenovo all sell dual processor Intel workstations that support 192GB (12x16GB) that use the same technology Apple are. The Mac Pro has been shown to support 6x16GB. You can buy 32GB DIMMs (which work on the Dell and Fujitsu systems, and I assume the others too as there is no reason they wouldn't).
You don't seem to understand technology and how to purchase a suitable system for your use, so you might want to make a new thread explaining what you intend to use your system for.
But your going to hack the EFI and support those of us with 2006 Mac Pro's right. . . RIGHT?
Note: Half joking - would be cool if it could be done - but I'm not making any demands or expectations of ya!
Nothing you can possibly buy now will be of much use a decade from now. Technology is evolving faster and faster and years go by. 10 years from now we'll be looking at terabytes as we look at megabytes today...
so holodecks with holograms in 15 years. then what?
Gates once said download of human consciousness should be possible.
LOL Good one! "Thumbs up". -_____-"
What you're doing is wasting ur money
The $$$$$$$$ MP don't even have CrossFireX or SLI
I am just dying to upgrade to 128GB of RAM so I can run TextEdit with all the bells and whistles in all of it's full black-and-white glory.
Amazing how with a Sandy Bridge Mac Pro you may be able to run 128GB of RAM and yet you can't even run a program like AppleWorks because of no Rosetta support in Lion. Argh Apple, Argh!
640KB ought to be enough for anybody.
I know I know, TextEdit offered simplicity even before $49 hyper-focused writing apps did the same thing. But why stop there, if you have at least a 12 core machine with 3 SSDs on RAID0 and can utilize OpenGL on the 5870, Word actually runs at acceptable speed.
I get what you're saying, but trying to hold onto a computer by putting huge amounts of ram doesn't make any sense. Think about the processing power you're going to need for a program that actually uses anywhere near that much RAM. Yes, you may have the RAM, but processor technology (and therefore more powerful programs to use it) will be light years advanced from now by then.
128GB of RAM makes sense if you buy into...
"The most amazing achievement of the computer software industry is its continuing cancellation of the steady and staggering gains made by the computer hardware industry."
- Henry Petroski
128GB is not needed in your computer today. Sure, it will probably be a standard in computers in several years time, but for now, it's just overkill.
The same could be said for 8GB 5 years ago.
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I'm sure eventually the option will be there for that much RAM. Though I doubt it will be any time soon. When applications come along that can utilize that much, then we can expect to have that option.
Won't it soon be possible to load the OS in RAM?
I think its possible already, just exorbitantly expensive.