In my August 18 entry, I described my past experiences with satech.com memory. Their original quoted price was apparently for compatible memory they’d previously sold for Dell, Acer, etc, without the Apple-approved heat sinks. After multiple back and forth messages with satech.com, the story is now clear. I apologize to any readers who relied on the original price to make a decision, as I do my best to provide reliable information. This was my mistake in not double-verifying the price and exact specifications.
The satech.com (aka ramfinder) price for 2GB (1 X 1GB) kit of memory for the MacPro is $439, or $220/GB That’s $1756 for 8GB as compared with $2300 for Apple memory (30% more). They describe it as “factory approved memory”:
This is the same memory product you would buy from your system manufacturer (Apple, Compaq, Dell, HP, IBM, Gateway, Sony and others) directly when you buy the system.
Please see the MacPro memory page at satech.com. Whether the $544 price difference (for 8 X 1GB) is worth it will depend on the personal situation; it is certainly easier to pre-order and have no further work to do.
In such situations, I like to look at the overall system cost to determine if it’s worth the hassle. Assuming you were to buy a new MacPro with 8GB of RAM, here are the system costs, and the price difference:
|8GB Apple||1GB Apple + 8GB satech|
|MacPro 2.66 GHz, Radeon X1900, 250GB disk||
|MacPro 3.0 GHz, Radeon X1900, 250GB disk||
|MacPro 3.0 GHz + 30" cinema display, Radeon X1900, 250GB disk||
A price difference of 10-16% is nothing to snivel at, but for high-end users whose time is valuable, the convenience and assurance of Apple memory might well override that “FUD” factor.