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Tuesday, August 22, 2006
 
Barefeats: MacPro Memory Upgrades
11:34 AM | Evan Holt | Comment on this story

Barefeats has published an informative article on upgrading the memory in a MacPro. The memory in a MacPro is equivalent to server memory, which means it fetches a heftier price for it's added benefits.

This also means that you have to keep two important things in mind:

• The memory has to be upgraded in pairs
• This memory requires heat spreaders

The MacPro also adds a new functionality to the Mac market called "Quad Channel", which occurs when you populate both riser cards with matching pairs. This ability should add speed improvements to the tasks that you run on your Mac. Barefeats takes a closer look at Quad Channel to determine if it is really of any added benefit including using Mac games as benchmarks.

It occurred to us that certain games are written in such a way that they saturate memory bandwidth. We tried Doom 3, Quake 4, and Unreal Tournament 2004 with high quality settings at high resolution. Only one showed any gains with Quad Channel memory config [Unreal Tournament 2004]
Follow the link below to read the full article and decide for yourself how much memory you should put in your MacPro and how you should install it.



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