Buying a used 2010 Pro. Some advice?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by CanadaMaple, May 3, 2015.

  1. CanadaMaple macrumors member

    May 1, 2015
    Im going to be buying a used 2010 Mac Pro 2.4 8 core this week.
    Comes with 32gb ram.

    I currently am running a 2008 8 core 3.0.

    From what I understand I should be able to upgrade the 2010 to X5690 Xeon's?

    Are those the best CPU's I can put in it?

    Also what are the differences between the 2010 model and 2012? Just CPU?


  2. bax2003 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2011
    - You will be able to upgrade to X5690s
    - Those are the fastest and most expensive CPUs for Mac Pro 5.1
    - 2010 vs 2012 - just CPU difference
  3. CanadaMaple thread starter macrumors member

    May 1, 2015

    I was looking around, didn't seem too bad. about 250$ a CPU. Compared to original CPU's should be a major difference?

    Thats what it seemed re: 2010 vs 2012 but wanted to make sure.
  4. bax2003 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2011
    If you are using apps which take advantage of lots of CPU threads and lots of RAM (Adobe After Effects for example), yes, it is a huge difference. Even where single core speed is important, there will be quite a jump because of clock speed differences.
  5. dmylrea macrumors 68030


    Sep 27, 2005
    Since you are having to buy two Xeons, you could save significant money getting X5680's instead of X5690's. There is about 3% speed difference, yet you can save quite a bit since X5680's are $167 shipped (not to Canada, though, if that is where you are).

    Bragging rights and benchmarks aside, you'll not notice a difference.
  6. IowaLynn macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2015
    Even dual 4-core @ 3.xGHz would be a nice jump from those.

    6-core (single processor) is often best and sweet spot. Dual gives you twice the DIMM slots and when memory prices were high, it was (in 2009 especially) a better trade off to get slower 8-core and use cheaper 4GB DIMMs to get 32GB RAM.

    In the last year, using PCIe adapters along with a XP941 or the Apple blade SSD has proven to give systems a nice boost in IO performance.

    The only difference I heard of was on Barefeats where some GPU tests showed a slight edge to 2012 over 2010 and of course 2009, so maybe PCIe support (2.2) saw some change or newer chipset perhaps.

    Enjoy - should be a wonderful gem.

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