A few weeks back, Transcend launched its 128GB RAM kit for the 2013 Mac Pro. Becoming the first company to do so. The luxury to bump RAM that high comes at a price: Transcend’s kit cost $2,480. With OWC jumping into the ring, customers now have choice. Announced today, OWC’s 128GB RAM kits are compatible with 6-Core, 8-Core and 12-Core models of the new Mac Pro. The company says that these modules are fully tested and qualified to handle the most demanding applications, and are covered by its Lifetime Advance Replacement Warranty.
However, there is a limitation that must be kept in mind. Presumably this may be the reason why Apple doesn’t officially let people bump RAM up to 128GB. Due to the limitations of the Intel chipset in the 2013 Mac Pro, these 128GB RAM kits run at 1066MHz, whereas smaller kits can reach speeds as high as 1866MHz. Though OWC brushes speed differences aside claiming that they’re minimal.
The OWC MaxRAM 128GB RAM kit, essentially a bundle of 32GB x 4 modules, costs $2,129.99. Customers who opt for OWC’s modules save nearly $350 over Transcend’s kit.