OWC Processor Upgrade

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by swpmac, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2011
    Any opinions on the OWC upgrade for processor on MacPro...
  2. macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2009
    It's just expensive that it's like buying another computer. User usually prefer to do the upgrading themselves.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2012
    i managed to do an upgrade on the "tricky" 2009 machine... I can't imagine why anyone (except someone VERY nervous around electronics) would bother sending something out to do it on a 2010+.

    Also, their prices, while likely reasonable when they first offered the service, seem a bit high now.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2011
    I've got a 2010 2 x 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel... I spent 20 years in IT (PC)... did plenty of hardware upgrades(not CPU) so it sounds like something I could do. I've seen many different links on 'how-to'... where did you look for your instructions?
  5. macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2011
    took a look at pricing for OWC upgrade - pricing on newegg.com for the same processors was virtually identical. How is it doing it myself would be so much more less expensive?
  7. macrumors 603

    Mar 10, 2009

    In the standard config OWC pops up for a 2010 it is swapping a 3530 for a 3565. Price $949.

    Newegg price for a 3565 , $324.


    Even if have to buy $100 of custom screwdrivers and thermal paste there is a gap.

    The only thing that is somewhat close is swapping two 5620s for a single 3680.
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2011
  9. macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Are you looking at the price at the bottom of the page?

    For example, taking a quadcore 2.8 and going to a hexcore 3.33 is "only +550" but the overall cost at the bottom is 1499. Newegg's cost for this processor is $620.

    Further, the point about "you might as well buy new" is pretty solid especially if you are doing an upgrade from say a 2.8ghz quad core all the way to dual 2.93ghz from OWC. That upgrade cost is $4200 where brand new w/ 3.06ghz processors from Apple (with full warranty and slightly faster processors) is 6200. You could probably sell your 2010 base and get half (if not more) of the difference back.

    Obviously OWC has to charge a lot to protect against any damage they might do, plus the processors are still very expensive, in the end if you really want to upgrade to faster processors you are better off doing it yourself or just selling your old one and buying new.

    Just my .02 worth. At least someone is offering this as a service (although a bit cheaper would be better).


    Price is $1704 for 1 six core ($3408 for 2)... so is doing it myself only going to save $200 + you can turn around and sell your processors on ebay for whatever you can add additionally. However, with that said, yours would be about the only way it would make any financial sense to have OWC do it. Any others and the cost variance is wayyy to high.
  10. macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    PowerPC land
    I will say it like this..

    If you have the Single Quad-core 2009, flash the 4,1 to 5,1 firmware... get the w3680 or w3690(your choice), but bear in mind if you have the Quad-core w3580 at 3.33 Ghz, your best bet would be the w3680 as w3690 does NOT provide too much more in performance..

    Thats it.. all you need to spend money on is a processor and I have seen w3680's for under 400 dollars. Forget OWC's turnkey method!

    If you have a 2009 Dual system... it will wind up costing you $$$ as not only would you have to replace the heatsinks, but you will also have to get the x56xx series processors and those alone for two of them will run you over the cost of a 5,1 machine itself.

    In my opinion, best to sell off the 4,1 for the 5,1 dual.. unless you know someone who has the parts you need at a reasonable price.

    Single quad users like myself only have to flash the firmware and then get the processor. I don't see too much difference between 1333 mhz and 1066 mhz DDR3 memory.
  12. macrumors 603

    Mar 10, 2009
    Amazon (isn't even really them ) only says it has 1 in stock so x2 won't work.

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