Can I add a second CPU to my Mac Pro

simon lefisch

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Hello everyone,

I just purchased a mid-2012 3.2GHz quad-core Mac Pro (MD772LL/A) for $500 from a buddy of mine at work and was wondering, is there any way to add a second CPU so it becomes a dual CPU machine?

I'm going to set it up as a server and I'm sure the CPU will work for what I want but if I can beef it up any more, I will. If I can't add a second CPU, can I maybe upgrade the current one with say a 6 or 8-core CPU?
 

h9826790

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Hello everyone,

I just purchased a mid-2012 3.2GHz quad-core Mac Pro (MD772LL/A) for $500 from a buddy of mine at work and was wondering, is there any way to add a second CPU so it becomes a dual CPU machine?

I'm going to set it up as a server and I'm sure the CPU will work for what I want but if I can beef it up any more, I will. If I can't add a second CPU, can I maybe upgrade the current one with say a 6 or 8-core CPU?
Quick answer, yes but not worth. Because you need to buy a dual processor CPU tray as well, which is expensive. And you better sell your current Mac and buy a dual processor model directly.

Also, you can't upgrade a single processor cMP to 8 cores, this option simply not exist.

The best you can get is a Hex core 3.46GHz Xeon. We generally recommend W3680, W3690, X5680, X5690 on a Hex core system. Usually, just go for the cheapest one you can get. However, if you need 64GB RAM on your single processor cMP, then only the X56xx CPU will work.
 

simon lefisch

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Quick answer, yes but not worth. Because you need to buy a dual processor CPU tray as well, which is expensive. And you better sell your current Mac and buy a dual processor model directly.

Also, you can't upgrade a single processor cMP to 8 cores, this option simply not exist.

The best you can get is a Hex core 3.46GHz Xeon. We generally recommend W3680, W3690, X5680, X5690 on a Hex core system. Usually, just go for the cheapest one you can get. However, if you need 64GB RAM on your single processor cMP, then only the X56xx CPU will work.
I'd be fine with a 6-core CPU. As far as RAM, it currently has 12GB so not too worried about that since I can upgrade RAM at any time. I'll look at the Hex-core CPUs. Many thanks for the recommendation.

This is my first Mac Pro (I have a MBP) so wasn't sure what the upgrade options were for the CPU. Thanks again!
 

simon lefisch

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Sep 29, 2014
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