Help with memory setup

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Greenhoe, Nov 21, 2010.

  1. Greenhoe macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2008
    I'm looking to purchase 12 GB of Ram for my 2009 Octo Mac Pro. I've heard it is always better to go with 3 sticks of Ram rather than 4 with the 2009 Mac Pro, but is it better to go with 6 sticks rather than 3?

    What I'm looking to do is at 12 GB with either 4GB x 3 all on one side, or 2GB x 6 with 3 sticks on each side. I would prefer the 4GB sticks so I can upgrade later if needed to 24 GB.

    What I wanted to know is will I lose performance by only have 3 sticks of memory rather than 6 or does it not matter?
  2. toxic macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    I'm pretty sure 6 will still keep the triple's just two triple channels.

    in any case, the performance benefit of triple channel is something like 2%, and hence not worth concerning yourself over. just buy whatever fits your needs and budget.

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