2009 vs 2010 for hex core upgrade

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by fastlanephil, May 12, 2013.

  1. fastlanephil macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2007
    From what I can gather if I want to purchase a used quad core Mac Pro and later swap out the CPU for a six-core CPU then the 2010 can be easily upgraded with a some technical know how. The 2009 Mac Pro requires a firmware hack that may or may not work. So it sounds like the 2010 Mac Pro is the sure thing and maybe worth the extra money compared to the 2009 Mac Pro.

    Is this correct?
  2. bax2003 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2011
    Why do you think that update would not work ?

    It is very easy procedure, many people did it without problem.
  3. xcodeSyn macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2012
    Never heard that anyone ever failed the firmware switch, and it's such a straightforward process. Care to share your source of this failure?
  4. fastlanephil thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2007
    Well, I have not had or heard of any first hand experience where the firmware update failed but I have read people's posts on MR who did the firmware update on their 2009 Mac Pros and that it did work but they would make the comment that there was a chance that it could fail and that they were relieved it worked. It was something about they're 2009 Mac Pro having the later boot ROM or something to that order that did it.

    So you're saying that the correct firmware update should install without a hitch for all 2009 Mac Pros if it is done properly.

    That's what I needed to know.
  5. Durex macrumors member

    Sep 24, 2009
    As with any firmware upgrade (e.g. to your digital SLR, or GPU, or TV, or ...), there is the potential for something to screw up --- e.g. you have a power outage at the exact moment you are doing the firmware upgrade, and it renders your system unusable. You can plug your Mac Pro into a UPS to protect yourself against such events.

    That issue aside, I've not heard of one failure to do the firmware upgrade. Also, there is only one firmware installer (on netkas) to choose from (for the 2009 Mac Pro), so choosing the correct firmware update is foolproof.

    Personally, I'm rocking a 2009 Mac Pro 4,1 with hex core W3690 for almost 2 years --- never a problem.
  6. fastlanephil thread starter macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2007
    Thanks for the information about the software and power loss precautions. We do get occasional year-around power outages here from toasted raccoons and squirrels.
  7. MassMacMan macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2012
    Boston MetroWest
    I can add that I recently went this route with a 2009 Mac Pro, and everything went as smoothly as possible. The firmware upgrade was easily downloaded and installed. That took about 15 minutes. Then a week later I upgraded my CPU to a 3.33 hex core, and that job took about 25 minutes. In under an hour, I had upgraded my old 2.66 quad-core 2009 to a speedy 3.33 hex-core. I'm running 10.8.3, and the CS6 apps run ever so much faster.
  8. xDeLiRiOuSx macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2010
    I've done the upgrade to W3690 (3.46Ghz) for both the 2009 as well as the 2010. Never had a problem with either. Good luck!

Share This Page