Resolved SOLVED: "4x2Gb + 3x8Gb" or "8x4Gb" RAM? (MacPro 2,1)

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  1. Electronic1982, Nov 2, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2013

    Electronic1982 macrumors newbie

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    UPDATE: Problem Solved: I could go up to a max of 16Gb with 8x2Gb dimms, and a max of OSX 10.7.5


    Hi all, I have a Mac Pro running Leopard 10.5.4 (bought on 27th Sept 2007 - MacPro 2,1 - 2 Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5400 Series) with 8 slots avaliable for 667MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM Memory sticks and I want to upgrade to 32Gb RAM. (I'll also be upgrading to the latest OSX as well)

    I current have 9Gb RAM installed like this:

    SLOT 1: 2Gb
    SLOT 2: 2Gb
    SLOT 3: 2Gb
    SLOT 4: 2Gb
    SLOT 5: 512Mb
    SLOT 6: 512Mb
    SLOT 7: -empty-
    SLOT 8: -empty-

    TOTAL: 9Gb RAM

    The question is, which of the a) or b) suggestions below would be better for optimal performance, stability and less strain on the Motherboard? (Price is not an issue)

    a) (2Gb and 8Gb mix)

    SLOT 1: 2Gb
    SLOT 2: 2Gb
    SLOT 3: 2Gb
    SLOT 4: 2Gb
    SLOT 5: 8Gb
    SLOT 6: 8Gb
    SLOT 7: 8Gb
    SLOT 8: -empty-

    TOTAL: 32Gb RAM


    b) (all slots to have 4Gb each)

    SLOT 1: 4Gb
    SLOT 2: 4Gb
    SLOT 3: 4Gb
    SLOT 4: 4Gb
    SLOT 5: 4Gb
    SLOT 6: 4Gb
    SLOT 7: 4Gb
    SLOT 8: 4Gb

    TOTAL: 32Gb RAM

    Any suggestions or any other view points welcome. Does it even make a difference? Thanks all.
     
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  3. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    You can't do the first one, so the second one.

    They have to be in pairs and you can't use 8GB DIMMs.
     
  4. OS6-OSX macrumors 6502a

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    Also, if you are using 667mhz ram sounds like a 1,1.
    You should read on this forum what is the "latest" OSX that can be used or how they "made" it work:)
     
  5. Electronic1982, Nov 2, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2013

    Electronic1982 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've done some searching and it seems that I can go 32Gb with a full set of 4Gb DIMM's. But there's just 1 last question:

    I plan to upgrade to latest OSX. I have a 64-bit computer running OSX Leopard 10.5.4 (bought on 27th Sept 2007 - MacPro 2,1), will these 667mhz DIMM's run on the lastest OSX? if not, then what is the lastest OSX I can upgrade to?

    UPDATE: Problem Solved: I could go up to a max of 16Gb with 8x2Gb dimms, and a max of OSX 10.7.5.
     

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