Best info on 2010 MacPro CPU upgrade?

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  1. echoout macrumors 6502a

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    Hey everyone, long time. I will apologize ahead of time as this place has such a wealth of information (that I've read in the past) that I can't seem to find any definitive guide for upgrading a 2010. I'm considering a dual processor upgrade and found a great write-up on upgrading the 2009, but it seems like a somewhat different beast.

    Any links or resources for doing this upgrade? I'm comfortable working on computers but admittedly don't know a ton about the Xeon compatibilities etc. for this job. People keep saying they were able to do it in 20 minutes or so and that sounds good to me!

    Thanks for any help you all can provide. You're the best. :)
     
  2. azentropy macrumors 68000

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    The 2010 is just like the 2009 except that on the dual CPU versions the 2009 is configured for lidless CPU's by default. So replacing the CPU's on the 2010 is even easier since you don't have to adjust the height of the heatsink.
     
  3. echoout thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, awesome. So just disregard that part, and the processor compatibility is the same?

    What would be the fastest processor for a dual system that isn't just crazy, price-wise?

    THANKS!
     
  4. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Yes.

    Which CPUs do you currently have? Do you want to go to 8 or 12 cores?

    I recently upgraded to two W5580s (quad core, 3.2GHz). The W5580s cost me $100 each and I sold my old CPUs for $75 each.
     
  5. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816

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    The 6x3.33 is the next choice up if you need more cores but you may have to increase the minimum fan speed with those.
     
  6. echoout thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm buying a used system locally to upgrade. I'd like as powerful a 12-core as is reasonable.
     
  7. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    A quick search on Ebay showed some E5670s for about $500-600 each. E5640s can be found for under $200 each...
     
  8. echoout thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Cool. Any advice on buying them on eBay? Is that risky?

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    And basically I'm looking for a serious Cinema 4D render mule. So, more cores is def better.
     
  9. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    When shopping on Ebay, I always try to buy from sellers who have good ratings/feedback. Also, read descriptions carefully and make sure they accept returns in the event that you receive a defective item.
     
  10. Macsonic macrumors 65816

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    You can try to communicate with the seller and get more details, ask some questions. From there you can gauge the manner the seller replies and explains the item. There are other sellers who don't reply at all. And best if the seller posts the actual item and not a stock photo.
     
  11. echoout thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't mind buying new processors as this is a machine for my freelance business. Looking for the magic balance of price/speed. Would be great if I could spend less than $1200 for the two CPUs. Thoughts?
     
  12. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    I could be wrong, but I believe Intel no longer makes the Westmeres. So, finding new, retail processors might be challenging.
     
  13. echoout thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Newer, faster, compatible Xeons can't be purchased for the 2010?
     
  14. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    No, the Mac Pro 4,1 and 5,1s can only use Gainstown and Westmere.
     
  15. echoout thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Gotcha. So people buying new processors off Provantage are building Hackintoshes then?

    Like This?
     
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  17. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    That's a Westmere and will work fine in your Mac Pro.
     
  18. nox-uk macrumors regular

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    two x5690's are as fast as you'll get realistically. they will fit in and work fine. they have the same TDP as the next model down too.

    Nox
     
  19. Tutor macrumors 65816

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    One can still purchase new Nehalems and Westmeres online at eoptionsonline.com . The prices are reasonable, but have risen a little in anticipation of those CPUs no longer being released by Intel at the end of this year. So act fast if you want that new CPU smell.
     
  20. linkin-ns macrumors newbie

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    just have a question about mac pro early 2009

    is there any where they sale 8-core module if I want to upgrade from 4-core on my machine now, tks
     
  21. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    Yes, you can purchase a processor tray that supports dual CPUs. Just make sure you get one that matches your Mac Pro model (early 2009 = 4,1).
     
  22. echoout thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, so it looks like I'm buying 2 2009 8-core Mac Pros this weekend. If the 5690 is the fastest 6-core to "reasonably" buy, what about 4-core?
     
  23. flowrider macrumors 601

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    I'm running Dual W5590s (3.33GHz) 4 core CPUs in my 5,1:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1620885&highlight=w5590

    The thread contains links to a blog detailing how a member updated his 4,1 Mac Pro to W5590s.

    Lou
     
  24. MacVidCards Suspended

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    Barefeats.com just published some 5690 results yesterday.

    He also included some of the other CPU options.
     
  25. echoout thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Man, that was timely.

    Thanks, guys!
     

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