Did 2012 Mac Pro ever shipped @ 3,33/3,46GHz?

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  1. Caesar_091 macrumors regular

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    Hello,

    I'm surfing round looking for a 5,1 Mac Pro (12 core, 2012)... I found something but I would like to now if the CPU was installed by the fist owner or not. Did this model ever shipped with dual 3,34 or 3,44GHz Xeon CPUs?

    TIA
     
  2. Macsonic macrumors 65816

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    The 2012 Mac Pro never shipped with 3.33/3.46ghz processors from Apple. Most likely the guy upgraded the cpu. Apple only offered as BTO a 2.93ghz or 3.06ghz 12 core processors. Even 4.1 2009 Mac Pros may be upgraded to 3.33/3.46ghz
     
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  4. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Get the serial number and plug it into the Dutch Chipmunk. It will tell you everything about the Mac Pro as it was built at the factory. Compare that to the specs now, and you'll know everything that was upgraded after the fact.

    That being said, I'd have no problem with CPUs upgraded after the fact unless the guy is trying to pass this machine off as "new" or as including AppleCare that might now be void.
     
  5. hfg macrumors 68040

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    FWIW: I purchased one of the 2012 12-core 2.4GHz Mac Pros when they were mis-priced at BestBuy/Amazon. I replaced the CPUs with 3.33GHz Xeons and it runs like a dream. Of course, doing this probably throws any remaining AppleCare warranty out the window, but it was what I wanted. I am very pleased with the performance of my upgraded Mac Pro. :)


    -howard
     
  6. MacVidCards Suspended

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    And here is a wonderful piece of advice I haven't seen anywhere before.

    If buying a CPU upgraded Dual CPU 2009, TEST ALL 8 OF THE RAM SLOTS.

    Something I noticed was that some RAM slots were invisible until I got the screws all tightened PERFECTLY.

    It was possible to avoid this issue by just not populating the invisible slots.

    An unscrupulous seller could do exactly that.
     
  7. echoout macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, huh. I have a finicky RAM slot. I wonder if that's it. Good eye!
     
  8. Caesar_091 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you all for your answers.

    The seller should be reliable (I don't know if i can post link to a website selling Macs)... may I?

    I'm starting to doubt about them because they do not respond to messages either via email nor via eBay... crazy IT world :confused::D
     
  9. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    That dutch chipmunk thing showed me errant data. Mine was BTO from Apple with 3.33GHz quad core, and it says it came with a 2.66GHz CPU. Bzzzt.
     
  10. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816

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    Mine too - my original 6x3.33 shows has having a variety of CPUs fitted, one each for the stock and BTO configurations.
     
  11. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Darn it, Dutch Chipmunk, you have let me down.
     
  12. Macshroomer macrumors 65816

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    OK, so bare bottom line, which would be better for reducing the time to process / export big RAW camera files via CS6 or Lightroom, export to Jpeg high or TIFF, my 3.33 Hexacore or a 12 core 3.33? Logic would say the multi-core but if so, by how much, twice as fast?
     
  13. Caesar_091 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Open activity monitor and see how much CPU time (maximized 5-600%?) and how many threads are used for this particular task for each of your software... not a answer but a you'll get and idea on the gain with a 12core beast (it all depends on how the software/task was coded) :D
     
  14. Macsonic macrumors 65816

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    It's best to first contact any seller before actually buying as some sellers don't give out complete info or actual photos. Sometimes I am reluctant to make the purchase if the seller does not respond at all. And the seller may continue to not respond even after you made the purchase in case you have a problem with the item. Some sellers with multiple units of the same model usually don't use actual photos and try to request for the seller to send the actual photo of the unit you're buying and clarify if the unit is an upgraded 4.1 to 5.1.
     
  15. Caesar_091 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Do all of you think that ScrumpyMacs is a reliable seller? Any experience with/about them?

    TIA
     
  16. Caesar_091 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I quote my self just to saw: YES, they are.

    Just received a brand new MacPro 5,1 (Intel Xeon CPUs X5690 @ 3.47GHz - 2 Processors, 12 Cores, 24 Threads). It's a 24389 point beast with Geekbench.
     
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    can you clarify exactly what screws you're referring to? do you mean the bolts on the heatsinks? or the screws that hold the processor board on the processor tray?
     
  18. flowrider macrumors 601

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    MVC is no longer posting here. I'm sure he was speaking of the heatsink mounting bolts (screws). They are pretty sensitive on the 4,1 dual processor Mac Pro.

    Lou
     
  19. macuser453787 macrumors 6502

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    Gauging by the context, I believe he meant the heat sink assembly screws, e.g. if a processor upgrade had happened, and the heat sink assembly wasn't screwed down perfectly, then perhaps there would be imperfect contact points between the processor and the processor board, thus creating an issue where some RAM slots wouldn't function as they should. That's how I interpreted in it anyway... :)
     
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    macuser453787 macrumors 6502

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    Um, do you mean in this particular thread, or in MacRumors as a whole?

    Am genuinely curious in asking, BTW. Surely you mean this thread, right?
     
  21. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    No in general at Macrumors. Why would MacVid.. just stop posting in one thread? And if it was just one thread, wouldn't MacVid... post something about "tired of this thread, moving on"?
     
  22. macuser453787 macrumors 6502

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    Alright, no harm in clarifying. People can and do say things in unconventional ways so I had to be sure. On to the bigger question: What happened? Why is MVC not posting on MR anymore?
     
  23. flowrider macrumors 601

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    ^^^^He had disagreements with the mods (who put in time outs a number of times) and some argumentative narrow minded members of this forum, and he decided that it wasn't worth the bother and aggravation to post here anymore.

    IMHO, it's a real loss to the members of this forum who relied on him because of his willingness to share his knowledge with the rest of us. He can still be found posting on the Netkas forum.

    Lou
     
  24. macuser453787 macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the reply, Lou. Wow, I wondered if it was something like that. I remember seeing he was in time out at some point in the latter part of '13.

    Yes, he was willing to share his knowledge here and that certainly was a plus for this forum. Oh well. I appreciate you letting me know. :)
     

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