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Would this RAM be suitable for my early 2008 Mac Pro?

Postby Casiokeys » Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:58 pm

Like the title says, I'm just trying to increase my memory after Pro Tools started throwing lots of error messages my way lately.

I was looking on Crucial at their 4GB kit, which runs at £119 but I also had a look at good old eBuyer, who are selling a Corsair 4GB kit for £40.
I did my level best to make sure the specs match exactly what's on offer from Crucial, but just wanted to double check this would be fine for my early 2008 Mac Pro before I take the plunge.

Here's a link to Crucial:
http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/mpartspecs.aspx?mtbpoid=5B2766DBA5CA7304

And here's the link to the eBuyer alternative:
http://www.ebuyer.com/164758-corsair-4gb-ddr2-800mhz-memory-vs4gbkit800d2

If it makes any difference, I currently have the pre-installed 2GB which shipped with Mac Pro.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Would this RAM be suitable for my early 2008 Mac Pro?

Postby TBTS » Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:52 pm

Nope, i'm afraid not, your Mac pro has fully buffered Dimms (FBDimm) (basically more accurate ram).

I also have a 2008, upgrading the ram is a painfully expensive operation, but it has it's benefits.
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Re: Would this RAM be suitable for my early 2008 Mac Pro?

Postby monkfish » Fri Nov 23, 2012 1:22 pm

Is that why it's so expensive? I have a late 2007 Mac Pro and I'm sick of hearing how cheap RAM is these days! Not for my model, which is probably about to become suddenly obsolete when Logic X finally turns up..
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Re: Would this RAM be suitable for my early 2008 Mac Pro?

Postby desmond » Fri Nov 23, 2012 2:48 pm

DDR ram for modern machines is cheap these days - the earlier generations of ram were quite a bit more expensive.
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Re: Would this RAM be suitable for my early 2008 Mac Pro?

Postby offshore » Sat Nov 24, 2012 11:48 am

Hi

I have had good success with my Jan '08 8 - core MacPro and my '07 2.2GHZ MacBook Pro with this company.

From an Australian perspective, the relatively good $US exchange rate at present, it's good buying down here.

The chap there always sends me an individual email for me to authorise shipping etc

www.transintl.com/store/category.cfm?Category=2726&RequestTimeOut=500

cheers

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Re: Would this RAM be suitable for my early 2008 Mac Pro?

Postby TBTS » Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:36 pm

desmond wrote:DDR ram for modern machines is cheap these days - the earlier generations of ram were quite a bit more expensive.

nothing to do with age, it's purely server grade ram vs regular ram, for example, a 4gb ddr for a macbook of the same age is around £40, one for the same age mac pro is around £150
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Re: Would this RAM be suitable for my early 2008 Mac Pro?

Postby desmond » Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:17 pm

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desmond wrote:DDR ram for modern machines is cheap these days - the earlier generations of ram were quite a bit more expensive.

nothing to do with age, it's purely server grade ram vs regular ram, for example, a 4gb ddr for a macbook of the same age is around £40, one for the same age mac pro is around £150

Yeah I know, but that's no what I'm talking about. To get 8GB of ram for my 2008 MBP, we were talking £160 or thereabouts, and I was shocked when I looked the price of ram for my parents newer iMac, which was like about £30. The DDR3 stuff was way cheaper than the earlier generation PC chips, which was my point - ram prices for newer machines are way cheaper than they ever were before, and I'm not talking about general market forces either...

16GB of RAM for £65..? Thank you very much...
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Re: Would this RAM be suitable for my early 2008 Mac Pro?

Postby TBTS » Sat Nov 24, 2012 3:58 pm

should be able to pick up 8gb for an 08 mbp about 40-90 quid or less from crucial.

http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/listmodel.aspx?pl=MacBook%20...
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Re: Would this RAM be suitable for my early 2008 Mac Pro?

Postby desmond » Sat Nov 24, 2012 5:14 pm

TBTS wrote:should be able to pick up 8gb for an 08 mbp about 40-90 quid or less from crucial.

Kinda makes my point, doesn't it? Yes, price differences have come down a bit since my inital shock at the price differences, but still 8GB of the older ram currently costs at least the same or more than 16GB of the newer type.

Looking at my order history - one 4GB stick for my 2008 MBP was £93 (so two would be £186).
For my current MBP, two 4GB sticks was £34.

Quite a difference, no?
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