2006 Mac Pro Processor Upgrade

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by joeco, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. joeco macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2008

    Does anyone know if it is possible to upgrade the processors in the first intel 2006 mac pros? If so what requirements would the new processor need?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    You can upgrade to the other Clovertown processors.

    Not Harpertown, and not Gainestown.

    You'd need to buy the processors... and probably thermal paste.
  3. robinp macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2008
    it is possible to upgrade to the first quad core xeon's that intel released (clovertown), but not penryn or later. Of course you could go for faster woodcrest (dual core) chips, but it's probably not worth the time or money

    edit - as tallest says, the Harpertown chips don't work, it was the product code name for the first penryn based xeons... basically, any of the 51XX or 53XX series with a FSB of 1333 should work I believe

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