2012 Quad core Mac Pro CPU upgrade

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mostafiz28, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. mostafiz28 macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2013

    I have a 2012 quad core mac pro. I was wondering whether a 6 core w3680 can be used to upgrade it. Also, what can be done to improve the performance of the current set up. its a quad xeon 3.2 ghz with 6 gb of ram and ati 5770 gpu. working with photoshop file as large as 820 mb cripples the system. I also get large page out files, does that mean I need more ram? Guess i've asked a lot of questions and thanks in advance.
  2. phoenixsan macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012

    the page ins can be reduced with more RAM. Other common suggestion is adding a SSD to speed up boot/launch times. Processor upgrades? Daunting to me, but a lot of threads here making hard to be specific. So, do a search. Lots of good material are right here.

  3. pyzon macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2008
    I've got same machine, left vid card as 5770, put two ssd in raid 0 for boot/app, 2 caviar black in raid 0 for data, 24 gb ram, USB 3 PCIe card, used for lr4 and
    photoshop, works great. Couple of other drives for boot clones.
  4. MacProFreak macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2013
    I bought a Mac Pro 2010 (same thing as the 2012) and dropped a W3690 processor in it, plus more RAM and some SSDs. That's it, it became a six core beast.
  5. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Simple, more RAM.

    Fixed that for you.:p
  6. mostafiz28 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2013
    CPU upgrade

    Thanks guys, you are the best. So i guess i actually can put in a hex core cpu such as the w3690/w3680, add more ram and ssd to make this thing a real workhorse. For now though, I'll increase the ram to at least 24gb and put in ssd and see how it works for me.
  7. kalex macrumors 65816

    Oct 1, 2007

    I bought my quad core back in 2009. Earlier this year my applecare ran out (0 issues with my mac pro over 3 years knock on wood :) ) and just now I completed my 2013 refresh

    Now I have:
    2010 mac pro with 3680 six core
    32GB 1333Mhz RAM
    GTX 680 card driving 3 x 24" monitors

    This machine flies. One more upgrade left is to get 6Gb sata connections and possibly usb 3.0 card.

    Can't really do this with mini or imac thats why I went for MP back in 2009

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