3 ram modules better than 4 in a 6 core x5690 tray?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by steveOooo, Jan 27, 2016.

  1. steveOooo macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2008
    I have recently upgraded my CPU from a QC 2.8 to 6 core X5690

    I understand I can add slightly more faster RAM in there

    Currently I have 16gb ram which is fine (4x4gb)

    Would the MP function fine if I added 3x8gb or 3x16GB modules instead of using all 4 modules.

    Would there be any power saving using 3 modules instead of 4 - like the newer PS4 that uses one less Ram slot and therefore, less power and is slightly quieter.

    Also, what ram whould I get as i cant find the faster ram on crucial.
  2. Arron Rouse macrumors regular

    Apr 28, 2010
    Chichester, UK
    If it's fine, why mess?

    Yes. In a few edge cases, it's slightly faster that way. In most cases though, it's better to use 4 and not run out of RAM.

    Technically, yes. However, it's only a few Watts.

  3. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000


    Mar 17, 2007
    Faster ram is useless best you can get any benefit out of is 1333mhz the hardwired limit of the chips anything faster put into it will drop back to that speed. Four vs three sticks you will lose a couple of percent in synthetic speed testing who knows with actual usage you would need to test on a app by app basis to confirm any difference. For the most part unless you see heavy usage of swap on your machine when doing your day to day tasks upgrading the ram is pointless waste of money for something you do not need. Power usage definitely savings if you keep your current ram and drop back to twelve higher density ram means more power consumed when upgrading as there is more ram to keep powered up.

    Edit: If you really want to see a real speed difference since I see no mention of SSD drive one of them will make it much snappier when loading anything from it.

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