2009 running Westmere 6-core pair questions

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mario65, Jan 11, 2012.

  1. mario65 macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2012
    I am wanting to buy a dual quad 2009 2.26 mac pro, run the 2010 firmware and then install a pair of 6 core Westmeres x5660 to x5690's depending on what I can find them for.

    I have seen the posts here on the installation of some 5590's. Anything different about the installation I need to know on these Westmeres?

    I will need ram and a better video card. Can I run 1333mhz ram ? What ram how much and where would you get it?

    thanks in advance for any info I am ready to go.
  2. ClassObject macrumors 6502


    Mar 1, 2010
    The 56xx chips are thicker by about 2.25mm due to them having heat spreaders. I used washers as spacers for the heatsinks and clipped the tabs off of the fans so they'd make the connection.

    You should read this rather long thread:

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