Mac Pro 64GB of RAM - Apple or OWC?

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  1. m021478 macrumors 6502

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    I'd like to purchase a new fully decked out Mac Pro with the maximum 64GB of RAM, but I obviously don't want to have to pay Apple $3,550 for the extra RAM.

    Does anyone have any experience with, or words of advice about, the RAM sold by OWC (sold here)

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. iLucas macrumors 6502

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    I started a thread about a question similar to this and it can be viewed here:
    Overall, very positive responses about OWC
     
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    If you're going to need that much memory, definitely go OWC. Apple's RAM upgrades are a huge ripoff.

    Just curious, what do you need all that memory for?
     
  4. VirtualRain macrumors 603

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    Good question. Some folks have boot volumes smaller than that. :confused::eek::p
     
  5. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I have 32GB of RAM in my Mac Pro and I got the RAM from Superbiiz, it was a steal compared to OWC and Apple's prices. It looks like they have the RAM for $137 per 8GB stick, so that'd be just shy of $1100 plus tax and shipping.
     
  6. Vylen macrumors 65816

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    Good price.. except it seems Superbiiz only provides a 30-day repair/replacement warranty. After which, it's up to the manufacturer if they'll repair/replace the item. In this case, Hynix... who apparently don't talk to consumers about RMA - they only talk to the sellers. So.. uh.. well, they may or may not replace it.

    Buying from OWC/Transintl provide a lifetime warranty.

    So.. risk versus less risk... or cheaper vs expensive.
     
  7. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    OWC and Trans International both make excellent Mac memory. Trans Intl is typically the cheaper of the two (by maybe 10% or so), but both are good bets - lifetime warranties, excellent customer support.

    One thing that is unique with OWC though is that they offer rebates when you send in your factory Apple RAM. It's not very much, but it's something.
     
  8. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    you can then buy a square trade warranty for 3 years

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php...-DDR3-1333-8GB-ECC-REG-Original-Server-Memory

    http://www.superbiiz.com/detail.php?name=D3-13R8GH1&show=w so 64 gb ram with a

    3 year warranty for about 1237 owc is 1637
     

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    I've purchased from OWC in the past. GREAT company for RAM upgrades!

    (Though their Mac Pro upgrades are a tad pricey; I'd be better off buying a new Mac Pro than to upgrade my current one. :( )
     
  10. johnnymg macrumors 65816

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    I'll second the SuperBiz recommendation. Tastes great and much less filling

    JohnG
     
  11. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    Don't pay for  RAM. OWC and transintl are very reputable.

    I don't have any experience with SuperBiz, but I will say this:

    Paying for a warranty for something like RAM is a crock of crap.

    That having been said, RAM failures are exceedingly rare. Not at all like hard drives. Which is probably why most of it is lifetime guaranteed.
     
  12. FluJunkie macrumors 6502a

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    I've had a very positive experience using OWC for my Mac Pro RAM needs.
     
  13. canninrm macrumors newbie

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    I have a mac desktop with Mac OS X version 10.4.11 and I can't open my files and or folders, it also will not let me "right click" or save bookmarks. Do I need a norton anti-virus or can I get this thing to fix itself. Sorry if I am on the wrong forum but it is a bit confusing and I am 66 years old and it's a feat just to operate on of these. thanks. coop
     
  14. NZed macrumors 65816

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    Please start a new thread. This is called thread hi-jacking.
     
  15. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    Haven't looked at RAM pricing in a while, but damn, current MP ram is way cheaper than it was for my 06.
     
  16. maclaptop macrumors 65816

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    I always order fully loaded BTO from Apple along with Apple
    Care, its expensive but removes any concerns. Its easier also.
     
  17. JollyJoeJoe macrumors regular

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    Dang that's cheap! Though I have a fear of Hynix RAM from having many issues with its non-ecc desktop series in the past. Hope they hold up well and won't produce errors. No problems with total RAM detection\compatibility etc. for you ?

    I am looking to stick 8GB x 4 of these in my Mac Book 2010 8-core with processor capable of supporting 1333MHz RAM.
     
  18. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I've been running 32GB of RAM in my Mac Pro for a few weeks now and never had a problem with it. It's a fantastic deal :D
     
  19. gullySn0wCat macrumors 6502

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    64gb ramdisk please! WINNING!:cool:
     
  20. JollyJoeJoe macrumors regular

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    Is there something similar to memtest86 that will thoroughly test the RAM inside the Mac ??
     
  21. iLucas macrumors 6502

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    Rember
    Used it today actually.
     
  22. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    Reputable retailers mean there are no concerns.

    As far as easier...I suppose it is easier for someone who can afford to spend twice as much on memory to save them a trivial amount of labor.

    Different strokes for different folks.
     
  23. hwojtek macrumors 6502a

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    Since memtest86 is a bootdisk with some operating system compiled for Intel i386 processors, I am using memtest86 to test my (Intel) Macs RAM. Doesn't it work like this on yours?
     
  24. Garamond macrumors regular

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    Forget about Apple RAM, I've 64GB inside my rig and it's all OWC. Very satisfied!
     
  25. albert1028 macrumors 6502

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    I just received this and it is indeed the same ram that currently costs around $200 from transintl. Same part numbers and everything.

    Here is the current link: https://www.superbiiz.com/detail.ph...-DDR3-1333-8GB-ECC-REG-Original-Server-Memory

    Here's a screen shot of my system profiler (DIMM1 & 2 are from Transintl back when I bought a pair in Nov 2010 and DIMM3 is one i bought from Superbiiz.com and installed today May 2011).
     

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