This morning, the online Apple Store has been taken down temporarily stating “We are busy updating the store for you and will be back shortly.” This action usually indicates a new product being released or updated.
Is Apple updating the MacBook Pro lineup to add Core i5 and i7 processors? Is the iPad being released earlier than expected? Perhaps the Mac mini will be getting a power boost?
We’ll have the details for you here on the OWC Blog as soon as we know. Stay tuned.
Well the Apple Store is back up and while our hopes were lifted to see a performance increase in the MacBook, MacBook Pro, or Mac mini – it looks as if the only addition to the Apple Store was the release of Aperture 3.
Guess well have to wait a while longer to see if those i5 and i7 processors are going to be used in more than just the iMac line.
The tried and true rule of rollercoasters: “Please remain in your seat until the ride has come to a complete stop” certainly pulled into our testing station late yesterday. We had a few more tests to run in our MaxRAM qualification process and I’d like to take this moment to update the answer to our obvious question from my post yesterday…
Can I install 64GB of memory in my Mac Pro 8-Core with 8 memory slots and really make my Mac Pro lightning fast?
And the answer is, um, well… YES! you can do it- with a condition.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.2 seems to be limited to 32GB of addressable memory in 32-bit mode. We filled up all the memory slots in one of our Mac Pro 8-Core machines with OWC 8GB modules. System Profiler had no issues in recognizing all the memory, in fact, Apple Hardware Test passed with flying colors. BUT, when we opened Activity Monitor in preparation for taxing all the memory in the system, we found that it was only reporting 32GB of available memory to the system.
However, when we booted to 64-bit mode (by holding down the 6 and 4 keys during boot) Activity Monitor reported the full 64GB of memory as usable. And boy was it ever usable. We ran a series of memory tests that works its way through each Gigabyte of memory so that all the memory in the system is tested to be usable without any degradation to performance.
So the simple answer is to boot your Mac Pro into 64-bit mode to take advantage of such a large amount of memory.
Realistically, at this point, there aren’t many 64-bit programs that are going to take advantage of that much memory…yet. But OWC has you covered when future advancements in programming are made – we’re anxiously awaiting a release of a full 64-bit capable version of Adobe’s Creative Suite ourselves – to fully utilize that much memory in the system. If you’re looking to be ready before that time happens, or if you have already found a 64-bit program that is craving more memory in your workflow, OWC has our 32GB set available – simply purchase two to maximize the memory in your Mac Pro.
Well, there’s been a roller coaster of activity here in the OWC Labs already this week and its only Tuesday!
Other World Computing, through our in-house laboratory ‘MaxRAM’ Certified testing program, is proud to release today the first available third party 32GB 1066MHz DDR3 ECC memory upgrade for 2009 Mac Pro Quad-Core Pro models, including the newest 3.33GHz model announced by Apple earlier this month. With this announcement, OWC memory upgrades offer all Mac Pro users up to double the original factory memory with kits of up to 32GB for all Mac Pro Dual-Core, Quad-Core, and 8-Core Models.
What does that mean with the marketing text stripped out? Simply that if you have a Quad-Core Mac Pro – you can install as much memory as their big brothers, the 8-Core models…all supported by the memory experts you’ve come to know and trust.
The Quad-Core Mac Pro ‘Nehalem’ models have four memory slots. Installing four of our new 8GB memory modules allows these machines to max out at 32GB of memory.
As you should all know our mantra of more memory means better performance and then couple it with Snow Leopard, things really get cooking, since all 64-bit apps are now able to utilize more than 4GB of memory. Article Continues…