2008 2.8Ghz Mac Pro - is it possible to upgrade processors?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by kultschar, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. kultschar macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2010
    QUick tech question

    2008 2.8Ghz quad Mac Pro (8 core) - is it possible to upgrade processors? If so what is the highest that is possible?
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    X5482 is the highest you can use, it's 3.2GHz quad core, the same as Apple offered as BTO. Make sure to get a pair with C0 stepping, i.e. SLANZ version.
  3. Sharky II macrumors 6502a

    Sharky II

    Jan 6, 2004
    United Kingdom
    I'm happy at the moment with my 2.8ghz, but i'm wondering how much faster that really is. Probably not worth it.
  4. kultschar thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2010
    Yeah your prob right!! Im on the lookout for a decent priced Mac Pro (UK/Europe) hence was wondering if in the future it can be bumped up though it would more then fill my needs (media server and Logic Pro)

    How do you like yours?
  5. robotartfashion macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    I have the Octo 2.8 from 2008 and I can tell you it still does a fantastic job, you won't need to upgrade for a while. They're still fantastic performers. I will say I don't use Logic (CS4/5 and Final Cut for me mostly) but it still cooks.

    As far as the media server that is not going to tax any system. I have a G4Quicksilver Power Mac from 10 years ago that I bought for $75 recently and put a Sata card and 10.5 on with about 6 TB's of hardrive space and it serves media to multiple rooms at once with no problem (all the way up to 1080p Blu-Ray Content)
  6. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Unless you find a smoking deal on a pair of compatible X5482s and appropriate heat sinks to go with them (they use different heat sinks than the 2.8/3.0 CPUs, I think), it's probably not worth the money or hassle. These chips still grab around $1,200 each on eBay.
  7. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    Agreed, it's not really worth upgrading the processors on a 2008 Mac Pro (unless it's a single quad core version). The 2006 dual quad core Mac Pros are far more commonly upgraded since it's a fairly significant jump going from quad to octo core compare to going from 2.8GHz to 3.2GHz.

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