Adding a Processor to a G5?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by bsichran, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. bsichran macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2003
    Is it possible to add an additional processor, say a G4, to a G5 and have a dual processor that way? For example, the way Pro Tools does most of its work on the PCI processor?

    Just wondering.
  2. mactastic macrumors 68040


    Apr 24, 2003
    I think it's gonna be a while before anyone really knows anything about how upgradeable the new G5s will be. I know there was at least some concern about the cooling system being chip-controlled and how this would affect upgrades. Guess we have to wait and see once some of those G5 boxes start to arrive at peoples homes and businesses. It won't be long now!
  3. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Re: Adding a Processor to a G5?

    There is enough architectural differences between the G4 and G5 that they could not work together in a multiprocessor system.

    If you have need of a muliprocessor system, buy one. Don't try and kludge one together.
  4. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop

    It'd take a new logic board and a completely different design to do what you ask.

    Bear is correct - just buy one.

    You can, however, 'Pooch' a G5 tower and a G4 together for parallel processing, but that much slow your G5 to the G4. You don't want that.
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    At one of the Motorola developer conferences a third-party was showing off a multi-cpu system that can be upgraded by adding CPUs via PCI card.

    The PCI slots were upgraded with Rapid IO ports, so the extra CPUs had direct access to the main processor fabric switch.

    But without the PCI slots being upgraded with a RIO or HT port, the PCI slot bandwidth is way too slow for true SMP using this method.

    You can probably offload tasks to independent computers (which can be on a PCI slot), but then you might as well just set up a clustering system.
  6. NavyIntel007 macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    I believe the processors are on independent daughter cards. If that's the case, then the 1.6 and 1.8 G5's probably won't have pinouts for the second processor on the motherboard. Unless some company develops two processors on one daughter board, this probably isn't going to happen.

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