Anyone Using A Mac Pro With W3670

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by wispy007, Aug 9, 2013.

  1. wispy007 macrumors member

    Jul 1, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    Hi All,

    I'm looking at replacing my W3580 (3.33ghz quad core) with the W3670 (3.2 hex core).

    I'll be using it for final cut x and aperture, does anyone have any experience using these programs with this CPU?

    All opinions welcome!
  2. Quash macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2007
    I had one in my 2010 Mac pro.
    That worked, had it for a year ran fine, don't think you can run it in a 2009 machine though unless you upgrade the firmware.

    I cannot verify if it still works but i guess it does. Sorry can't comment on the software.
  3. Draeconis, Aug 9, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2013

    Draeconis macrumors 6502a

    May 6, 2008
    I've installed a W3670 in my 5,1 and have used FCPX quite a bit since, works beautifully. Still works in Mavericks as of DP5 as well ;)

    Only thing I'd say is if you can find the W3680 or the W3690 for a decent price, that's probably better; the W3670 is great, but it's the last CPU to only run RAM at 800MHz or 1066MHz, and only has a 4.8GT/s QPI link; the W3680 and W3690 run at 6.4GT/s and can run RAM at 1333MHz.

    E0 or B1 steppings will work.

    Avoid Engineering Samples, they are cheaper but aren't guaranteed to be as stable. I bought a retail W3670 part brand new for about £440, expensive, but the speed difference compared to my W3530 2.8GHz Quad is noticeable.

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