2009 Mac Pro - a couple of tech info updates for ya

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by WonderSausage, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. WonderSausage macrumors member

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    So as not to get lost in the 500+ replies on my original unboxing thread...

    A couple of interesting tech items:

    1. The OWC RAM is exactly the same as the Apple RAM (except being 2GB DIMMs). I'm sure if I ordered 2GB DIMMs from Apple I would get precisely the same model number as the OWC RAM.

    2. The dual heatsink towers each actually have a 60mm booster fan inside each heatsink itself.
     
  2. Outsider macrumors regular

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    Ah ha! i figured they would have to do some sort of active cooling on the processor itself. Very interesting. Did they make it so you can easily swap it out if one dies?
     
  3. Infrared macrumors 68000

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  4. Eithanius macrumors 65816

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    As I recall, the Mac Pro model from 2006 through 2008 have 4 fans registered through smcFanControl of which 2 can be controlled. I wonder if it reads and controls the booster fans with the new Mac Pro.

    And I can imagine one would have a hard time dusting the booster fans without taking apart the heatsinks.
     
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    That's what I'm thinking. but with the slide out tray, it may be easier. Never the less, we need pictures! :D
     
  7. Maximono macrumors newbie

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    I'm most likely going to get the 2.93 4-core, so if I'm reading this correctly, I can get the OWC RAM for $149.00 instead of paying Apple $250.00. It looks like a simple install, am I missing anything here? Is it that simple?
     
  9. Fomaphone macrumors regular

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    yes, it's that simple. all you need is clean hands and an IQ above your shoe size :)
     
  10. JediMac macrumors newbie

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    I think I qualify then, but I'll check my shoe size first! :)
     
  11. Infrared macrumors 68000

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  12. Outsider macrumors regular

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    Oh wow! They are IN the heat-sink! Very sneaky Apple!
     
  13. Maximono macrumors newbie

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    I Notice that someone's picture of the new quad has a massive heatsink on it like twice the size of the octo's I wonder if that has a fan in it or maybe with a double sized cooler it doesn't need one? Anyone got any idea's? I know it's harder to see because the tray doesn't pull out in the quads.
     
  14. Infrared macrumors 68000

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    The answer is already above in this thread. Yes, the single quad
    does have a fan.
     
  15. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    I believe it is to keep it out of the way of where the optical drive's SATA headers are. There are what looks like some fan cables there too. The OP of the unboxing thread posted a pic of that spot.
     

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