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Buyer's Guide: Memory for Mac Pro
Be sure to see Optimizing Photoshop for other insights on high-performance systems. Equipment specifically recommended for high performance with Photoshop is covered on the Optimizing Photoshop — Conclusions page.
Recommended memory for Mac Pro PERMALINK
Mac Pro users can do no better than OWC’s “Apple Qualified” memory. I pounded this memory for several weeks for all the Optimizing Photoshop testing on the Mac Pro.
It turns out that the 8GB modules work fine in the new Mac Pro Westmere (August 2010).
Each generation Mac Pro has its own kind of memory; the memory selector at OWC walks you through this.
- For 8-core Mac pro, get 12GB as 6 X 2GB or 24GB as 6 X 4GB or 48GB as 6 X 8GB.
- For the 4-core Mac Pro, get 12GB as 3 X 4GB or 12GB as 3 X 8GB.
The pre-Nehalem model uses FB-DIMMS, with large heat sinks:
Up to 65% better pricing than Apple
Lloyd recommends 32GB RDIMMS for most users.