OWC can upgrade iMac Pro to 256GB of RAM, and it’s cheaper than Apple’s

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Upgrading the an iMac Pro to 256GB of RAM with OWC modules costs $2700 less than Apple.
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Recently, word went around that the only way to get 256GB of RAM in an iMac Pro was at the factory. OWC  paid no attention to that, and is now offering to upgrade this powerful desktop to the maximum amount. Even better, its 256GB of RAM modules go for 52 percent less than the cost to have the same upgrade done by Apple.

Upgrading this desktop to 128GB of RAM with OWC DDR4 Kits is also significantly cheaper.

More RAM for less $$$

While the $2,499 price for OWC’s 256GB upgrade is hardly chump change, Apple asks $5,200 to install the same amount when the iMac Pro is being built.

For those looking for a bout less RAM, OWC’s 128GB upgrades for this powerful computer are either $1,149 or $1,299 depending on whether the kits consist of four 32GB modules or two 64GB modulates, respectively. Apple asks $2,000 to build the iMac Pro with 128GB of RAM.

As this third-party supplier points out, “For almost the cost of what Apple charges for the iMac Pro with 128GB of memory, iMac owners can instead max out their rig with 256GB of OWC Memory.”

Going with Apple for a 64GB RAM upgrade is cheaper. It’s $400 if done at the factory, but OWC asks $699.

Good news and bad

OWC promises its memory modules and kits are fully tested to ensure flawless operation. They come with a lifetime replacement warranty and money-back guarantee.

But there is a downside. “Due to the complexity of upgrades on the iMac Pro, OWC recommends users have an OWC certified technician install the memory upgrade.” Shipping the computer to get the RAM modules installed is free in the contiguous 48 US states.