Mac Pro base - best mem config for 8gb upgrade

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by skiltrip, Feb 1, 2011.

  1. skiltrip macrumors 68030

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    New to the Mac Pro lineup, thinking of getting the base later this year. I know it comes with 3 1gb sticks of ram in it. I definitely want to have at least 8gb of ram on board. Can I remove one of the 1gb sticks and add in two 4gb sticks for a total of 10gb without a problem? Or would it run better pulling out all the 1gb sticks and just using the two 4gb sticks I purchase? Seems a shame to "throw away" all 3gb of ram it comes with if I don't need to.

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  2. philipma1957, Feb 1, 2011
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    philipma1957 macrumors 603

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  3. skiltrip thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Is there an advantage to using 3 sticks instead of 2 or 4?
     
  4. Loa macrumors 65816

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    General answer: nope.

    Exception: some video apps apparently can gain (a few %) performance by using identical memory chips in groups of 3.

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