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Old Apr 1, 2014, 04:21 PM   #1
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OWC Debuts First Intel Xeon Processor Upgrades for 2013 Mac Pro




Back in January, OWC confirmed that the 2013 Mac Pro's processor was socketed and removable, theoretically allowing for future upgrades, which are now available by the company. As of today, OWC is allowing users to send in their Mac Pros for both processor and memory upgrades.

Processor upgrades, which start at $1,498 with the trade-in of the base Apple-supplied quad-core processor, include 8-core, 10-core, and 12-core models that are compliant with Apple's technical specifications and power requirements. OWC says that the upgrades are tested, qualified, and guaranteed to meet or exceed the processors available from Apple.

According to the company, the processors are up 46 percent faster than base factory processors available from Apple, and up to 31 percent more affordable.
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OWC Turnkey Server Class Processor Upgrade options for Mac Pro 2013 models:

- Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2 8-Core 2.6GHz with 20MB Cache, 25% faster, $1498
- Intel Xeon E5-2667 v2 8-Core 3.3GHz with 25MB Cache, 41% faster, $2448
- Intel Xeon E5-2690 v2 10-Core 3.0GHz with 25MB Cache, 45% faster, $2396
- Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 12-Core 2.7GHz with 30MB Cache, 46% faster, $2978
The company is also offering turnkey installations of its memory upgrades, which as previously announced, are available in 32, 64, 96, and 128 GB kits starting at $449.

OWC's Turnkey Upgrade Program, which is available for processor, memory, and storage upgrades, offers professional installation and testing by Apple Certified technicians, also including shipping both ways and rebates for existing hardware. More information on the program can be found on the Other World Computing upgrade website.

Article Link: OWC Debuts First Intel Xeon Processor Upgrades for 2013 Mac Pro
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 04:23 PM   #2
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Weren't people crying over no upgradability before?
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 04:23 PM   #3
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Why is the 10 core upgrade cheaper then the 8?
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Wouldn't this be the first Apple sanctioned processor upgrade ever in the history of the Mac Pro?
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Weren't people crying over no upgradability before?
Expandability.
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 04:24 PM   #7
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Mind blown

This power and price is incomprehensible.
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 04:25 PM   #8
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Could I buy the processor and upgrade it myself? Like RAM?
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Wouldn't this be the first Apple sanctioned processor upgrade ever in the history of the Mac Pro?
It would be -- if it was sanctioned by Apple. But it's not.
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Am I missing something here? If it's socketed then can't I just upgrade it myself? Plus it seems like all of the CPU prices are marked up a couple hundred bucks and then they keep the old CPU on top of that.
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Expandability.
I see. But you can still expand, just not internally.
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Why is the 10 core upgrade cheaper then the 8?
The 10-core chip is rated at 3.0 GHz, while the fastest than the 8-core one is rated at 3.3 GHz.
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Apple should just sell the case with nothing and I'll go to this vendor to stock it up.
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Old Apr 1, 2014, 04:39 PM   #15
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Whhhhhhyyyyyyyy?

I mean, I guess this is how the 1% live. The Mac Pro is a pretty new and expensive computer already, but you already have people willing to spend $1,500 minimum to upgrade the processors? I just... can't even...
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This is all well and good, if you can actually get your hands on a new Mac Pro.
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Quad core with D500 or D700 just got a lot more interesting.
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The 10-core chip is rated at 3.0 GHz, while the fastest than the 8-core one is rated at 3.3 GHz.
The more cores, the lower clock speed generally. So that doesn't explain it. Unless you meant that the 10 core offered is not the fastest 10 core Xeon available in the E5 family.
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Rip off. If they can do it, so can you, if your up for the task.
It's not much more expensive than other ECC memory available. OWC is usually more expensive in general, though.
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Price AFTER trade-in?? Pricey.
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All those who said it couldn't be upgradeable should apologize. Apology accepted.
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The more cores, the lower clock speed generally. So that doesn't explain it. Unless you meant that the 10 core offered is not the fastest 10 core Xeon available in the E5 family.
Is there some site for comparing single-core performance of all CPUs now available for the Mac Pro? I still have a number of applications which depend on single core performance...
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8 core still keeps you at 3.33GHz for the normal stuff and the 10 core brings two more cores to 3GHz to what Apple sells their 8 core for.

We can assume OWC has heat tested these things? That's the only real concern.

And, yes, you are free to buy these processors from any vendor and pop them in yourself.

The OWC videos are pretty good and it does not look that complicated. The nMP is not a terribly complicated build. Hell, replacing the ram in my 9500/132 required removing the motherboard IIRC.
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