Following today's launch of the new Mac Pro, Other World Computing has announced new RAM upgrade kits for the machines. The ECC 1866 Mhz quad-channel kits are available in both 32 GB and 64 GB at prices up to 31 percent lower than factory upgrade options.

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- OWC 32GB Kit (8GB x 4 matched 1866MHz): $449.00
- OWC 64GB Kit (16GB x 4 matched 1866MHz): $895.00

The same upgrades directly from Apple are priced at an additional $500 for 32 GB and $1300 for 64 GB of RAM in the lower-end quad-core Mac Pro and $400/$1200 in the higher-end 6-core Mac Pro.

Crucial has memory upgrade options available as well, with a 32 GB kit priced at $439.

OWC is also offering a trade-in rebate for the original factory memory, giving customers up to $100 towards the purchase of a memory kit. Apple's Mac Pro, which went on sale at midnight, is currently shipping in February at the earliest.

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Top Rated Comments

iHEARTcartoons Avatar
111 months ago
Sweet I can save $500 on my MacPro which won't be here for three months!
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BillyTrimble Avatar
111 months ago
Sweet I can save $500 on my MacPro which won't be here for three months!

You can simply wait until your MacPro arrives and then deal with the memory situation.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Larry-K Avatar
111 months ago
I know that you are getting 4 more chips and could sell your existing chips, but I was still surprised to see that the 32 GB at $449 is more expensive than just upgrading on order from Apple directly, where the 32GB upgrade is only 400.
That's because you already bought the first 16 from Apple in the base price.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Detrius Avatar
111 months ago
I get tired of messing with 3rd party RAM though.. Both times I have ordered from OWC I got bad SIMM modules and had to have them replaced.

Well, if it's been 20 years since you've ordered from them, you might want to try again.

RAM is one of those things where you really shouldn't just look for the cheapest available.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
repoman27 Avatar
111 months ago
Just 6 years ago I was still using a computer with just 80GB of storage. Then again, I bought that computer 10 years ago as a computer that had been aimed at the education market, and your hypothetical computer is aimed at people who have a need for inane amounts of performance.

I can't even imagine anything that would require anywhere near that amount of RAM.

I'm pretty sure I paid right around $3k for 32MB :eek: of RAM for my Mac IIci 21 years ago! Then again I also had a massive, 130MB SCSI HDD at the time as well...

Strangely, maximum RAM capacity is a limiting factor for several people I know, and Apple's decision to go with only 1 DIMM slot per channel (vs. the 3 that the platform is capable of supporting) is fairly restrictive. At least it makes upgrading to higher capacities considerably more expensive. If they had gone with 8 DIMM slots, 128GB would only run $1343.92.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
keysofanxiety Avatar
111 months ago
This is really good news, the Apple tax on RAM has always been ridiculous. Plus I find OWC normally have a bit of a premium anyway, so it can only get cheaper!
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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