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Mac Pro (8 core) RAM available on 3rd party sites

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While spec'ing a new Mac Pro (8 core) system today, I found that RAM is now available at 3rd party sites. At it's almost 50% less than Apple's pricing.

4GB RAM at Crucial - $269

4GB RAM through Apple Store with Mac Pro - $500 has the same RAM for $229, though they only list the 3.0ghz as the top of the line machine, not the 3.2Ghz so I would check with them before purchase.

Other World Computing ( has their own RAM for $249.99

Nice to see the 3rd party sites have caught up with the new Mac Pro's as Apple has always charged a premium for their RAM. Personally I purchase all our RAM from Crucial as it was recommended to me about 4 years ago and we've never had an issue with their products.

Posted by: walter biscardi on Jan 15, 2008 at 5:50:25 amComments (7) editing, apple, final cut pro, macworld


Re: Mac Pro (8 core) RAM available on 3rd party sites
by Brad Lockwood
So, Im looking at the new 12 core with an upgrade to 2.93ghz processor, Raid card, bigger graphic card and now Im stuck on how much ram do I really need?? 24 - 64G or do I just do the basic and then buy 3rd party ram.?
Re: Mac Pro (8 core) RAM available on 3rd party sites
by Brad Lockwood
Hello Everyone. I am actually looking to purchase a new system as we speak so your blog was of interest to me. As we are on the topic of systems. How much is enough?? By this I mean is it necessary to have 64G of ram? I build hunting shows for network tv. Versus, Dish Network and Direct TV. 30 Minute shows, how much ram do I really need? I do some motion creation but rendering is my biggest problem. Takes sooooo much time to render. What are your thoughts??
@Brad Lockwood
by walter biscardi
With new Macs coming out and Lion OS everything we know about RAM will change. Machines are offloading more work to the GPUs now so I'm not sure just how important boatloads of RAM will be.

We still install RAM in multiples of the Cores. 16GB minimum for an 8Core machine, though I prefer 24, for example

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Thanks for the clarification!
by walter biscardi

You know I didn't realize I missed the 5400 Xeon choice in there.  You're correct, they don't have the absolute latest and greatest Mac in there yet.   


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OWC's been great
by Christian Glawe


I put OWC RAM in my (prev. generation) Octo-Core last July... showed up quickly, easy to install, it's worked great! 


"Pain is temporary... film is forever"

Christian Glawe


by Michael Bloodgood
Actually crucial doesn't offer RAM for this new machine yet. Crucial only offers 667MHz RAM where the new mac pro is 800MHz. Now Kingston offers the right RAM but for $286 per 2GB stick which is more than Apple's $500 for 4GB. Crucial will get around to offering a cheaper alternative but right now the new Mac Pro is on the cutting edge. Dell and HP don't even have a machine with this RAM in it.
by Sterling_76
I've always been surprised with people that buy RAM from the manufacturer of computer equipment, especially Apple. You can easily get the exact same RAM for half of Apple's prices. Other manufacturers, such as Dell, usually try to rip you off by a 75% markup. I usually go to Newegg to help find proper RAM for people and to buy components when building my computers.

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Credits include multiple Emmys, Tellys, Aurora and CableAce Awards.

Creative Director for Georgia-Pacific and GP Studios, Atlanta. Former Owner / Operator of Biscardi Creative Media. The show you knew us best for was "Good Eats" on the Food Network. I developed the HD Post workflow and we also created all the animations for the series.

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If I wasn't in video production I would either own a restaurant or a movie theater.



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