RAM recommendations/help

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by jangoforhire, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. jangoforhire macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2011
    I recently bought a 2010 Mac Pro on eBay it's the 2.8ghz quad core Xeon version. It has 2, 8GB ram modules installed (I'm assuming stock) in 2 of the available 4 slots. I'd like to get 2 more 8GB modules for a total of 32GB. I know apple has some weird requirements for their RAM so I figured I would just ask here before I buy something random on newegg. What has worked best for you guys?

    Here is a picture of the stock ram that is in it now. Front and back.
  2. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    There's your problem right there. Apple uses industry standard RAM. Go to any memory merchant and they'll sell you what you need.
  3. jangoforhire thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2011
    I always thought they had some weird requirements with a temperature sensor or something. And I shouldn't need anything above 1033mhz for a 2010 right?
  4. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    According to MacTracker, you need 240-pin PC3-10600E (1333 MHz) DDR3 ECC SDRAM. Some configurations topped out at 1066MHz. If you're unsure, just get the 1333MHz RAM.
  5. Studio K macrumors 6502

    Studio K

    Feb 17, 2013
    United States
    Buy more Kingston

    The RAM in the photo you've posted is likely not the original Apple Factory ram. I don't think Apple uses Kingston in the Mac Pros.

    Those 2 Kingston sticks would have been installed as an aftermarket upgrade by the previous owner.

    Obviously, they are working and are compatible. Why not purchase 1 or 2 more of those Kingston 8GB sticks? Then you'd have your 32GB of ram and all modules would be the same brand. You are less likely to have issues if all of your Ram modules match.
  6. jangoforhire thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2011
    Good call, I think I found it: http://www.amazon.com/Kingston-1066MHz-Desktop-KTA-MP1066QR-8G/dp/B0042LM9D4/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1382471473&sr=1-3&keywords=Kingston+KTA+1066

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