1,1 2006 Mac Pro 5150 to 5160 Require Firmware Update?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Tucom, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. Tucom macrumors 65816

    Tucom

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    #1
    As the title explains, does the 1,1 Mac Pro have the correct microcode for the 5160's to be detected properly, or do I need to update the firmware to 2,1?


    The 5160's are merely $20-22 with free shipping on eBay, not bad for another 1,000 in Geekbench :) Eh?
     
  2. MacinJosh macrumors 6502a

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    No need to update firmware at all. 5160s are a good upgrade for you. I'd say even better than 5355s in many areas.

    Having 5160s myself, I wouldn't even consider 5355s leaving the 5365s as the only viable upgrade path. Even then, running at the same clock speed, I'd only notice a difference in apps that use more than four cores. In my normal use, only Handbreak would utilize the extra cores.
     

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