2009 Mac Pro firmware hacked Xeon W3680

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Andy2k, Jun 15, 2016.

  1. Andy2k macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2015
    HOLY SMOKES!!!!!!! Is all I can say about doing the firmware hack/upgrade on my 2009 Mac Pro. Seriously, if you're on the fence, do it. I went from a single 4 core 2.93 Ghz processor to the 6 core 3.33 Ghz Westmere processor. I found the CPU used on ebay for $125 shipped. Not only is it enormously faster. It runs about 3 degrees C cooler than the 4 core (FTW????). The upgrade was easy, painless and took less than 30 minutes. Sorry to brag guys but COULDN'T BE HAPPIER!!! Almost doubled the score!!!! See the Geekbench 3 scores below.

    Xeon Nephelem W3540 4 Core:

    Benchmark Summary
    Integer Score 2179 9810
    Floating Point Score 2513 11375
    Memory Score 1946 2095

    Geekbench Score 2266 8893

    Xeon Westmere W3680 6 core:

    Benchmark Summary
    Integer Score 2939 17859
    Floating Point Score 2853 19195
    Memory Score 2008 2143

    Geekbench Score 2718 15250
  2. saulinpa macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2008
  3. raymanster macrumors 6502


    Feb 13, 2008
    I did the same a few months ago (to a slightly slower x5670), even now these machines still amaze me.
  4. Andy2k thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2015
    I was blown away at how much performance I could get out of a 7 year old computer. I can transcode 720P at 90+ FPS. My, not even a year old, new i7 4970k devil's canyon can't even do that, with twice the RAM clocked at much higher speed. 2009 and 2010 Mac Pros, are one of apple's finest machines, IMHO, easy to customize and upgrade.
  5. frou macrumors 6502


    Mar 14, 2009
    If you're in the mood for benchmarking, I gather Geekbench 4 will be released any day now with all new tests including GPU!

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