TransIntl vs OWC RAM Pricing . . . somethings not right

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sboerup, Aug 11, 2010.

  1. sboerup macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    Just going off of another thread about compared to OWC RAM.

    TransIntl doesn't even show a 12GB option for anything but the 2-chip MPs, but it's priced at $428 for 12GB.

    OWC prices their 12GB for the new 2010 MP at $549. Now, here is the real question. If you go to OWC and click on their "2010 MP RAM", it'll show the $549 for 12GB. BUT, if you go to the 2009 MP RAM options, it shows the same speed ram, 12GB for $457. What gives? They appear to be the same . . . 3x4GB, 1066mhz ECC . . . 2010 = $549 and 2009 = $457. I don't see it here, am I blind?
  2. Vylen macrumors 65816

    Jun 3, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    I pointed it out before in the other thread.

    Someone else asked them about it and they said its "different" somehow - with no explanation as to how.

    I suggest just waiting till OWC actually get a Mac Pro to test the RAM they have - chances are the prices will adjust accordingly as they figure things out properly.
  3. Chenier macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2010
    That's kind of what I was thinking as well. For sboerup, similar thread was started here: RAM compatibility / pricing for 2010 4-core
  4. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...The 2010 MP use 1333 RAM... (typed from my win7 HP desktop:p)...
  5. adjuster macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2007
    Only the higher end units use 1333. Lower end models use 1066MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM.

    I called Apple and a tech told me that the new memory is a bit faster and has better reliability. I have no idea how important this is.
  6. eponym macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    I pointed out in the other thread that there is a one (1) character difference in the unit serial number. I don't know what the difference is, but there is something...:confused:
  7. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    Even Apple uses several different chip manufacturers. Same with OWC and Transintl. Since this ram is not overclocked, it is very likely that you would not see any difference between these sources. Ram prices will fluctuate with the broader chip market.
  8. sboerup thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
  9. merneric macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2004
    The memory size and speed is pretty confusing, but this is a direct cut/paste from apple's site:



    Dual-processor systems
    2.4GHz system: 1066MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM
    2.66GHz and 2.93GHz systems: 1333MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM
    Eight memory slots (four per processor) supporting up to 32GB of main memory using 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB DIMMs

    Single-processor systems
    2.8GHz and 3.2GHz systems: 1066MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM
    3.33GHz system: 1333MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM
    Four memory slots supporting up to 16GB of main memory using 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB DIMMs


    So basically, the single processor 6 core, the dual processor 12 core are the ONLY MP's that get the faster (1333Mhz) memory. The single proc 4 core and the dual proc 8 core get the slower (1066MHz) memory. To add to the confusion, the 4 core uses the older Nehalem chip and the dual proc 8 core uses the new Westmere chip.

    This threw me at first as well, as I had originally ordered an 8-core dual proc assuming that since they were Westmere CPU's I'd be getting the faster mem, but am now changing to the single proc 6 core for various reasons, one of which is this.

    Hope this helps.
  10. reel2reel macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    And to make things more confusing, Crucial is offering 2 x 8GB kits for the six-core:
  11. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    $1100 for 16gb? That is a steep way to go considering you can get 16GB for under $600 using 4gb modules. Then again if you need more that 16 you might not have many choices on the 6 core.
  12. reel2reel macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    That's b/c they're 8 GB sticks. If the hex is capped at 16 GB, I'll stick with the 4 x 4, of course, but if it ends up you can use 8GB and go up to 32GB eventually, it's worth it to me to spend some more up front.

    And don't forget Apple is asking over $1900 (CDN) for 4 x 4GB of RAM! Talk about steep. :eek:

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