6Gb or 8Gb RAM

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by glassbathroom, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. glassbathroom macrumors 6502

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    Here a question on memory. I am planning on buying a new 12 core mac. I can afford to go for much memory and don't need it anyway. I was going for the base 6Gb (6 x 1Gb units). I am wondering if it's worth going for the 8Gb (4 x 2Gb), as it is likely to be only a little bit extra money. This leaves more space for more memory if I decide to upgrade later.

    My question is does it help to spread the memory out in 1Gb units, or does it not matter if I go with (4x2gGb). Discounting the extra 2Gb, is 6x1Gb better than 3x2Gb?
     
  2. Ravich macrumors 6502a

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    It does not sound like you have any reason to be buying a 12 core Mac Pro. What are you going to use it for?
     
  3. rajbonham macrumors 6502

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    This guy can afford to drop $5,000 on a Mac Pro, but can't spend a lot of money on RAM? What alternate universe am I in? Surely I'm not understanding this right??
     
  4. glassbathroom thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Give me a break! I need the cores for 3D rendering. Extra memory is little help here. Just because I am already spending a lot doesn't mean I have money to burn. Grow up.
     
  5. rajbonham macrumors 6502

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    Okay, okay, I guess I was a little rude in my reply. :eek: If you ask me, you can never go wrong with extra RAM.
     
  6. glassbathroom thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for this. I appreciate it.

    You are probably right but I have kind of reached my limit on money and I can always add RAM later (cheaper than from Apple)
     
  7. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    If you don't need more than 6GB, then just get 6... It will perform slightly better in tri-channel mode (3 DIMMS per CPU) than in dual-channel which is what you get with only 2 DIMMS per CPU.
     
  8. glassbathroom thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hi VirtualRain,

    Thanks for this. I thought that might be the case. There would still be enough room to easily expand to 10Gb later. I will have a think about it.
     
  9. gaspra macrumors member

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    I am using additional 4GB Patriot ECC memory in my early 2009 mac pro. It works flawlessly with the other 6GB Apple memory. Only costed me $110 for the upgrade.
     
  10. ValSalva macrumors 68040

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    Patriot also offers ECC DDR3 1333 RAM modules. I wonder if this will be the only option on launch day for the new Mac Pro. I don't think OWC has these modules yet.
     
  11. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030

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    Buy the 8GB for now. Then you have slots free incase you do end up wanting to upgrade, this way you don't have to buy a whole new set of RAM
     
  12. highdefw macrumors 6502

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    Grab the 8gb unless your positive you won't upgrade in the future, which I doubt...
     
  13. glassbathroom thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hey Guys,

    Many thanks for all the advice. I have stuck with the base 6Gb. Apple are charging £120 more for the extra 2Gb to take it to 8Gb. As I can get 4Gb for that (Crucial), I thought I would save my money for now.

    I may have to swap out some or all of the 1Gb modules at some point, but by that time RAM will have reduced further in price.
     

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