Mac Pro 2009 processor upgrade path

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Umbongo, Aug 4, 2009.

  1. Umbongo macrumors 601

    Umbongo

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    So we have seen that the current 45nm Nehalem range will work on Mac Pros, but there seems to have been a number of posts where people plan or suggest the upcomming 6 core 32nm Westmere Xeons as an upgrade for the future.

    According to this thread X58 chipsets require a BIOS update for them to work.

    It seems unlikely to me that they will work on the Mac Pro 2009 firmware without an update or that Apple will provide one.
     
  2. gugucom macrumors 68020

    gugucom

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    I believe that Apple uses the 5520 chipset. Nevertheless you are quite right about :apple: 's reluctance to issue sensible EFI upgrades. They did not do it for the X51xx/X53xx -> X52xx/X54xx transition on the 771 socket. So I agree it is feasible but unlikely to happen.
     
  3. Umbongo thread starter macrumors 601

    Umbongo

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    On the dual socket system they do yeah.

    edit: and both apparently require an update.
     

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