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Mac Memory Prices Continue to Drop

For the Mac Pro, see Why I Always Have At Least 24GB memory. Any Mac Pro user with less than 24GB should see whether there is enough memory.

Apple memory remains expensive, for more on that topic, see my Jan 28 entry.

Click the graphs to see current memory prices. MacBook Pro and Mac Pro shown below in various sizes.

MacBook Pro memory prices

You can get 16GB for your 2011 MacBook Pro, but it remains quite expensive due to the cost of the higher density memory chips.

MacBook Pro memory prices for 8GB kit through June 27, 2011
MacBook Pro memory prices for 8GB kit through June 27, 2011
MacBook Pro memory prices for 16GB kit through June 27, 2011
MacBook Pro memory prices for 16GB kit through June 27, 2011

Mac Pro memory prices

Especially if you’re getting a 6-core Mac Pro, the 24GB kit is a no-brainer.

OWC also has a 48GB kit and 96GB kit using 16GB memory modules.

Mac Pro memory prices for 48GB 1333MHz kit through June 27, 2011
Mac Pro memory prices for 24GB 1333MHz kit through June 27, 2011

Many users can still do just fine with 12GB. Note that the 6-core model needs the 1333 MHz kit, but it’s only a few dollars more expensive than 1066 so just always get 1333 for all models.

Mac Pro memory prices for 48GB 1333MHz kit through June 27, 2011
Mac Pro memory prices for 12GB 1066MHz kit through June 27, 2011

Yes, you can put 48GB into a 4/6-core Mac Pro as 3 X 16GB modules. The 8/12-core models can take 48GB as 6 X 8GB, at lower cost.

Mac Pro memory prices for 48GB 1333MHz kit (3 X 16GB) through June 27, 2011
Mac Pro memory prices for 48GB 1333MHz kit (3 X 16GB) through June 27, 2011

 


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