4 X 2GB Ram vs 2 X4GB Ram?

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  1. paulg1979 macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    Just bought my self a mac pro and I have two options:

    1. Buy 2 x 4GB Ram for £279

    or

    2. Buy 4 x 2GB Ram for £200

    My question is are these going to give the same performance?

    I assume the 4GB sticks are more expensive as they do not take up as many slots allowing you to get the full 32GB Ram if needed which I know I will never need for the time being.
     
  2. overcast macrumors 6502a

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    4 sticks stresses the memory controller more than 2. Will you notice? Doubtful.

    This questions comes up a lot in the pc market concerning overclocking. Typically you can run tighter timings and less voltage with fewer sticks.

    In your case, no it won't make a noticeable difference, as you won't be doing anything related above. Except wasting memory slots.

    The server boards in the MacPro are designed to be filled with memory.
     
  3. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    4x2 since its a lot cheaper, you dont have to worry about running out of slots on a mac pro
     
  4. paulg1979 thread starter macrumors member

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  6. paulg1979 thread starter macrumors member

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    Not that rich :(
     
  7. MagicWok macrumors 6502a

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    Just another quick thought that should help. If one of memory modules fail in the 4x2GB config, it'll be cheaper and easier to replace the module and you won't notice much performance hit going from 8 to 6, as apposed to 8 to 4.
     
  8. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    I would go for the 2x4gb. It leaves more slots open for future upgrades.
     
  9. mcnicks macrumors regular

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    2x4Gb I reckon. Filling up slots because you do not want to pay a bit extra always kicks you in the arse at a later date. Its too easy to say "why would I ever need more than X Gb?"
     
  10. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    Do you guys realize that Mac Pro's have 8 slots for memory? You really think hes going to need more than 24gbs of ram one day? £79 is more than just a bit, he could get another 2-4gbs for that much, or get another HDD, or a bluray burner, theres a lot of things you can get for £79 that would help a lot more than being able to use 32gbs of ram instead of 24gbs of ram.

    He still has 16gbs to play with. He'll be fine.
     
  11. Chase R macrumors 65816

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    Gates: "640kb ought to be enough for anybody"

    Haha, you reminded me of that.
     
  12. paulg1979 thread starter macrumors member

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    I agree with you. I think i'll go for the 4 as by the time I need 32GB i'll be purchasing a newer Mac Pro anyway.
     
  13. overcast macrumors 6502a

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    HE NEVER SAID THAT.
     
  14. That-Is-Bull macrumors 6502

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    Yes he did, I read it on the Internet.

    Also, Al Gore said he created the Internet. That's definitely true because I've read it like 27 times.
     

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