Can a Mac Pro use unbuffered RAM?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by statikcat, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. statikcat macrumors 6502

    statikcat

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    Is it possible to use unbuffered ram in a Mac Pro at all?

    I ask because I am likely picking up a MP today and I plan on ordering fully buffered RAM online. No store around here carries buffered.. so I was wanting to buy some unbuffered for a few days to get me by since the stock 1gb from Apple will not allow me to work on my projects.
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Absolutely not.

    The Mac Pro can use 667 MHZ ECC Fully-Buffered DIMMs only, and are recommended to be Mac Pro specific units with a large heatsink.
    Fully-buffered DIMMs are a much different design than DDR2 ECC buffered or unbuffered memory

    Also be aware that a number of FB-DIMMs are not 8-core compatible, so if you have an 8-core Mac pro or are planning to get one, make sure the FB-DIMMs are specifically 8-core compatible
     
  3. statikcat thread starter macrumors 6502

    statikcat

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    I knew it was not recommended but was hoping I could get by on it for a few days.

    What a bummer this MP does not come with 2gb. Now I have to wait to order RAM online because MP comes unusable for my projects. I guess I will have to finish these projects on my MBP which came with 2gb ram.. go figure. Oh well don't want to turn this into a rant thread just need a quick question answered so thanks.
     
  4. Transeau macrumors 6502a

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  5. statikcat thread starter macrumors 6502

    statikcat

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    If you order online and pay a ton for RAM. It's cool I bought it Saturday and ordered 2 more gigs from Newegg for 120$. So in a few days I will be rocking 3gb! 1gb sucks but in the end addition ram is cheap from the right place. It is more an inconvenience than anything.
     

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