We already dreamed of dreaming about the maximum possible configuration of the new Mac Pro, which now reaches US $ 53,800 (or R $ 438,000 in Brazil), but the most interest of this new workstation from Apple is its modularity and, as iFixit recognized, ease of upgrades. It is made for this.
That is, although it is possible to pay how much Apple charges for all these upgrades (and many companies / studios will do so), it is perfectly normal to also purchase an entry-level Mac Pro – which is no longer cheap, for $ 6,000 / R $ 56,000 – and from there, upgrades on your own.
Obviously, it makes no sense to invest so much money in a computer of this category and then make upgrades using parts of poor quality, with dubious origins. So today, we’ll be presenting options from a well-known manufacturer of Mac upgrades – the Other World Computing.
OWC has already launched memory upgrades for the new Mac Pro and, as expected, they are not only more affordable than Apple’s, but offer more options for consumers.
The most significant is the upgrade to 1TB of RAM, which Apple simply does not offer. At Apple, you either go to 768GB or it already doubles to 1.5TB. At the OWC, 8 128GB combs (totaling 1TB) cost $ 14,000 – and the interesting thing is that they work perfectly on the entry-level Mac Pro, while Apple requires the consumer to also switch the processor to a 24- or 28-core processor if they want to go to 1.5TB of memory.
Comparing them to them, at Apple the consumer needs to pay $ 25,000 for 1.5TB of RAM; at OWC, $ 20,000. In both cases, we are talking about 12 128GB combs in the PC23400 2.933MHz DDR4 LRDIMM specification.
Another upgrade already offered by OWC is the solid state drive. Apple started offering the option of 8TB SSD yesterday for the trifle of $ 2,600; at OWC, that same upgrade costs $ 1,600 – and we’re not talking about any SSD: this is an Accelsior 4M2 with PCIe M.2 NVMe specification, capable of reaching absurd speeds of up to 6,000MB / s in RAID 0. ?
Obviously, as we are talking about an SSD that will use a slot Mace’s PCIe, it wouldn’t replace the original machine – it would complement it, like a second storage drive. Which is even better.
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Well, just with these two OWC upgrades you already would save $ 6,000 (the price of a Mac Pro). Not bad!