View Full Version : Buy RAM with Mac Pro or Separate?

2010-03-08, 16:12
I may be missing something, but if I buy a mac pro from the apple site, it says I have to add an extra £3000 for 32GB of RAM. But I seem to be able to buy 32GB (8x4GB) for under £1700 at a random google found shop (http://shop.zomp.net/gb_en/d8727a275c-kingston-kta-mp1066k4-16g-16gb-4-x-4gb-1066mhz-ddr3-ecc.html)

Am I missing something? I would be happy if I'm not, as I would get my RAM at almost half the price and have some spare sticks that come with the mac! Both the apple site and this one say 1066MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM 8x4gb

2010-03-08, 18:25
Apple ram is notoriously overpriced.

2010-03-08, 18:38
I believe that as long as it's the same stuff (1066 MHz DDR3 ECC), you're fine. If you're spending that much money on RAM, I would recommend emailing or calling the shop in order to ask about their return and exchange policy in case you have problems.

2010-03-08, 19:05
For Mac Pro RAM, I try to deal with a RAM vendor that specifically tests and certifies it for full compatibility.

According to newegg (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820139151), this Kingston part number seems to be Mac Pro certified, and Kingston is generally a reliable brand.

2010-03-08, 19:37
I like http://www.macsales.com for RAM purchases myself.

2010-03-08, 19:43
I like http://www.macsales.com for RAM purchases myself.

I should have added this myself, I am also a fan of theirs. I suspect this is pointless tho, since OP is posting about £'s.

2010-03-08, 19:48
I should have added this myself, I am also a fan of theirs. I suspect this is pointless tho, since OP is posting about £'s.

Same here. In fact, I had an OWC post with link all ready to go, until I noticed the £'s

2010-03-08, 19:53
Come to think of it, sorry for the cross post, but Dorian Gray might be some use here. I think I recall him commenting about the price disparity between RAM in the states and in Europe, perhaps he's found a favorite vendor that is reliable.

If you really want to you could try PMing him if he doesn't wander through, OP.

Dorian Gray
2010-03-09, 17:23
I haven't really bothered trying to find a cheap place, Maciej. I've had flawless performance and service from Crucial (http://www.crucial.com/uk/) in the past, so I'll probably stick with them.

I'd recommend tiddles have a look there too, possibly using the Memory Advisor tool. At a glance it seems the price is lower than £1700, but to be sure I'd need to know more details. Note that quad-core Mac Pros won't accept 32 GB, and I vaguely remember something about the Mac Pro being triple-channel, which may lead to best performance with 24 GB. Something for tiddles to look into, perhaps.

2010-03-09, 18:13
Thanks for answering the call to duty so quickly, Dorian.

Dorian Gray
2010-03-09, 19:22
Any time, Maciej!

The price of my memory, meanwhile, continued its inexorable climb since I last posted on the other thread. :( I was used to RAM prices invariably falling with time.