Anyone Using A Mac Pro With W3670

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

  1. wispy007 macrumors member

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    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

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    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

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    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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