Can I upgrade the 2008 mac pro processor?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by yiyiyaya, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. yiyiyaya macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2010
    Hello all,

    I'm new here, got a question about upgrading the core processor of the mac pro. My friend decide to let his computer, he bought the mac pro in mid 2008, it came with a 2XQuad Core Xeon E5462, although they work very well, I'm still wondering can I replace the old core with the new Intel Xeon X5570 2.93 GHz (8 cores)? Can I do it myself or need to send to apple shop?

    thank you very much.
  2. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    No you can't. You can upgrade to other 5400 series Xeons, but the 5500 is a different socket and different platform.
  3. yiyiyaya thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2010
    thank pal, the 2nd one costs around half of the new 2.26G mac pro, it's confusing to buy it or not :confused:
  4. Macdctr macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2009
    Actually, yes you can upgrade your Mac Pro 1,1 processors but not with the Xenon X5570 processors...
    There is a DIY on doing the processor upgrade on Mac Pro system....

    Here are few links that you can research:

    You need to get the Xenon Clovertown processors but they will cost you plenty of $$$$ for you to do this. I have other projects to complete but when the time comes I will be doing this upgrade to my Mac Pro. You end up going from 4 cores to 8. But you will only be running 2.66Ghz. It will be interesting to run an Oct sys on a Mac Pro 1,1 though...:D

    Here's some more information on the processor you want to use...

    Pricing for processor (each - they do not come in a set):
    - Xenon 5355 2.66Ghz Quad Core

    - Xenon 5365 3.0 Ghz Quad Core

    Either one of this "should" work but you need to do further research just to make sure. I myself have not researched this enough to be completely satisfied. From my initial research, it looks like these should work though. When I am ready I will be going with the 3.0 Ghz Quad core processors although they will command high prices...for me I since I already have a Quad Core 3.0 Ghz system I don't want to go down in processor speed....I guess it's the number thing for me but going from a Quad 3.0 Ghz to an 8-Core 3.0 Ghz on a Mac Pro 1,1 does sound nice, doesn't it? As for computer architecture, I realize that my Mac Pro is the first gen but even with having my Quad Core based system it's all the computer I will ever need for home use. I'm not using my computer for any intense lab related work or gaming so purchasing a completely new computer does not make any sense. Even with the processor upgrade all I will gain is the ability to have an 8-Core system over a Quad Core system. I'm sure I will see notable speed improvements after the processor swap which will be a very nice side benefit...:cool:

    Hope this helps....:apple::apple::apple:
  5. Spacedust macrumors 6502a

    May 24, 2009
    He was asking about Mac Pro 2008 which is rev. 3,1.

    You can upgrade your CPU to:

    - Xeon E5472 3.0 GHz
    - Xeon X5472 3.0 GHz
    - Xeon X5482 3.2 GHz
    - Xeon X5492 3.4 GHz (not tested)
  6. Macdctr macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2009
    ok, sorry about the confusion, thanks for the correction Spacedust!
  7. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    I do seem to recall spotting it was done successfully somewhere. I just can't recall the site. :eek:
  8. 10THzMac macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2007
    If anyone knows (a) whether it works (b) what the procedure is (c) how to source the 3.4GHz parts at a reasonable price, I would love to hear it. I have 08 Pro 2.8GHz so this would be a useful boost at the right price.

    The Mac CPU upgrade market seems to have got very poor in recent years. I recall years ago companies like Powerlogix and Sonnet did, and still do offer big performance boosts with pin-compatible CPU swaps for older Macs. Since Apple switched to Intel this has got a lot harder, IMHO. Too many socket changes - probably a deliberate plot to derive new kit sales?
  9. ZennZero macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2008
    I don't think anyone has confirmed the 3.4GHz parts will work, but this site confirmed that the 150W revision of the 3.2GHz parts work (which is the same TDP as the 3.4's).
  10. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    For some strange reason I was remembering it had, and I searched when I saw this post. If it has, I can't find it. :eek:

    Nice if it had though, as those interested wouldn't need to be the guinea pig to find out. ;) :p
  11. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

    Jun 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    the problem with upgrading the 2.8GHz Harpertown is that you'll be paying around $1k US for each 3.2GHz chip or $1.5k for each 3.4GHz chip

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