Buy cheap Mac Pro 2009 Eight Core and upgrade CPU to 12 cores ?

Spacedust

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Maybe it will be possible ;)

Just change the CPU's.

A switch from 2.26 8 Core +HT to 2.93 12 core +HT would be nice.

Maybe switch from 2.66 4 Core + HT to 2.93 12 core + HT would be even possible.

We have to find out if Apple have changed the board or just EFI.
 

jetjaguar

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if it was possible .. those cpus would be extremely expensive .. i would be happy just swapping out my current cpus for 2.93 or 3.33 quads for a decent price .. but doubt it will happen
 
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Hellhammer

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If it could be done, it would have been done already. You would just need an EFI that supports B1 stepping but the '09 Mac Pro doesn't so unless someone flashes the EFI from '10 MP to '09 MP
 
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Inconsequential

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Maybe switch from 2.66 4 Core + HT to 2.93 12 core + HT would be even possible.
Won't be possible. Same situation as the 2009 Mac Pro and the quads only have one CPU socket, so the best your going to get there is a single 6 core CPU.

Personally im upgrading my 2009 MP to either a W3570 or a W3580 depending on what deals I can get.
 
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jetjaguar

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Won't be possible. Same situation as the 2009 Mac Pro and the quads only have one CPU socket, so the best your going to get there is a single 6 core CPU.

Personally im upgrading my 2009 MP to either a W3570 or a W3580 depending on what deals I can get.
i would like to do that as well .. hell even a 2.93 would be better than my 2.26s
 
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Transporteur

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The letter in the processor number represents the TDP.

W is for 130W, X for 95W, E for 80W, and L for 60W.
 
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nanofrog

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The letter in the processor number represents the TDP.

W is for 130W, X for 95W, E for 80W, and L for 60W.
W = Workstation
X = Xtreme Performance
E = Energy Efficient Desktop Processor
L = Low Power

The TDP's change from series to series, but that's the base Letter meanings.
 
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