Can I install this in my 2010 Mac Pro Quad-core?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Jake0604, Dec 2, 2012.

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    Do the comparison at Intel's website. Besides .13 gHz, the 3680 has much greater QPI speed (6.4 v. 4.8) for the same price, and is a well tested CPU with tons of benchmarks. Why would you go for a slower anything when upgrading, aside from budget or reliability? The 3680 offers the best of both.
     
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    By that logic the 3.46Ghz W3690 would be better.
     
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    A lot of places have the W3680 and W3690 at similar price points, it's been discussed previously by people upgrading. I guess it comes down to what you want, the stock feel of a 3.33Ghz or the maxed out feeling of the 3.46Ghz.
     
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    It is better, which is exactly why I bought the 3690 i/o 3680. Shop around and there are deals to be found on that chip too. Also note it isn't just clock speed, but QPI that is much faster on the 3680/90. I run apps that need every ounce of power I can get, and all of those little increases add up...until you hit the inevitable bottleneck for your specific machine/app(s). To the extent Geekbench and other benchmarks mean anything, it's been money well spent.
     
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    Thanks for the responses, I will probably get the 3.33ghz once I get the money.
     

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