mac pro 2009 2.66ghz to 6 core 3.33ghz

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  1. g4sean, Dec 7, 2011
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    g4sean macrumors newbie

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    Hello

    just wanted to let people know upgrading mac pro 2009 4.1 2.66ghz 4 core
    to a w3680 for 490$ from my computer store 3.33ghz 6 core Is ****ING AWSOME

    super fast to install the cpu and the MacEfirom utility for putting your mac pro
    4.1 to 5.1 awsome again!

    i had a benchmark score of 8190 with 2.66ghz with 12gbs or ram to a benchmark score 15900 with 12gbs or ram

    for people that wanna upgrade there mac pro 2009 to a 6 core 3.33ghz
    DO IT!!!!

    im so happey i did mine!
     
  2. Loa macrumors 65816

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    Hello,

    Good to hear.

    Loa

    P.S. You might want to adjust that 1590 score... :p
     
  3. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, that's a good deal on the chip. I just ordered mine for $587 from Provantage.

    15900 I'm guessing?
     
  4. g4sean thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I want to upgrade my 2.66 to a 3.33… except I'm not sure I want to spend $2500 :(
     
  7. AppleDroid macrumors 6502a

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    Can you find processors without the heat spreader? Anandtech destroyed the first one they installed. I'd love to spend $500 to extend the life of my machine but not if there's a good chance I may fry something.
     
  8. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Why 2500? Dual X5680's? W3680 can be had for under 600.00.
     
  9. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    I'm sketched out by that site and price, personally. I believe in the phrase, "If it's too good to be true, it probably is."
    I sold my old CPU with the boxed heat sink that came with the W3680 as a "bonus" if you will. The CPU is in a separate little plastic case, so I never had to touch the rest.
     
  10. AppleDroid macrumors 6502a

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    You had to do the 2010 MP EFI update for this chip to work as well right?
     
  11. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Yeah, dual X56xx.
     
  12. jasonvp macrumors 6502a

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    I think the only concern here is with the 2009 dual-processor Macs. They use the lidless Intel CPUs whereas the single-processor 2009s use a standard (with lid) CPU. If I remember correctly, Anandtech destroyed the daughter board on an '09 because it was a dual-proc Mac.

    Or am I mistaken there?

    jas
     
  13. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Also if you note that they list prices in US dollars yet are a co.uk site.
     
  14. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    I did, and it was super easy with the automatic app.
     
  15. AppleDroid macrumors 6502a

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    Is this app an exclusive because I've found plenty of threads and no links to the app.
     
  16. wonderspark macrumors 68030

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    If you like, I can email it since it's only 250k file size. If you register and login to the netkas website, it's free on a thread there. If you aren't logged in, you won't be able to see/download the file.
     
  17. Afuera macrumors newbie

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    Firmware update was easy but...

    I now have my Macpro 2.66 Quad 4,1 flashing itself as a 5,1

    The firmware thing was easy but I am scared of the hardware part...

    I know the process but:

    I read about people using washers for fitting the heatsink, problems with lidded chips, how to apply the thermal paste (just a dot, spreading it all over the processor lid, just a line?...)

    Any advice? I only have experience changing Hardrives, ram, graphic cards and pci cards... but never a Processor... do you think is to much for somebody with my experience?

    Thanks :confused: !
     
  18. Studio K macrumors 6502

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    You have a quad-core single processor from the look of it. If that is the case, then you don't have to worry about washers or lidless chips. The single-cpu 4,1 used a standard lidded CPU. Replacing the processor is simple. Remove the old one. Add the new one.

    Regarding thermal paste application..........I used the line method. Here is a link to a blog post detailing the process with some nice pictures to help. It's one page and a quick read.

    http://junipermonkeys.com/swapping-a-333-6-core-into-a-2009-266-4-core


    Best of luck.
     

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