RAM upgrade for Mac Pro - what to get?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by bravocharlie, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. bravocharlie macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2006
    For Valentine's Day I would like to get my boyfriend a RAM upgrade for his mac pro. He's been mumbling words such as "EEC" etc., but I have no clue which RAM blocks to get him.

    Currently, his machine has got 3 GB 1333 MHz DDR3 installed. He's got a 6-Core Intel Xeon, MacPro5,1, if that helps to identify the 'pooter.

    What should I get him in order to give his machine a true boost, and in order to comply with his wishes of EEC?

    Any and all help greatly appreciated...

  2. carylee2002 macrumors member


    Jul 27, 2008
    go to this site.

    www.macsales.com They have ram packages on the cheap and really good.
  3. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
  4. Zerozal macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2009
    It's "ECC". :)

    I've purchased extra RAM for my MP from OWC, and am very happy. The simplest way to do it is to go here and get what you need:
    OWC Mac Pro Memory

    Without knowing the specific details of what your BF uses his MP for (Photoshop? HD Video editing?), nor what your budget is, I'm going to go out on a limb and recommend he replace his 3GB of RAM with 12GB:
    OWC also has a rebate program where he can send his original Apple RAM back to OWC for a refund check.
  5. tengo84, Feb 9, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2012

    tengo84 macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2010
    I agree 12 GB from OWC is a good buy. However I would not recommend you send them the original Apple 1GB sticks for a rebate. You'd get less than $5 for the set. In case you need the computer serviced, it's better to pop in the original RAM, so keep it safe.

    If your budget is higher you could load him up with 4 x 8GB sticks here:
    Really nice deal! I've shopped from them before, no problems.

    The brand of RAM is unimportant as long as the specs are the same and the vendor is reputable with a life-time warranty.
  6. bravocharlie thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2006

    Thank you, all, for your replies! I got the 12 GB kit from Crucial. I wanted someone who'd be be able to ship within the EU.

    Hope BF likes it.

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