Mac Pro 2010 Quad to Hex With Single X5650 Possible?

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  1. P00t macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2012
    Nottingham UK
    Hey Guys
    Sorry if this has been mentioned before, but I couldn't find anything to match my scenario of using this type of chip in single form.

    I know you can get the 2010 with 2 Hex X5650's, but my budget at the moment is very small and the X5650 is coming in at 1/3 of the price of other definite upgrades.

    Ideally I'd love to get the dual cpu board and do 2 of them but the cheapest I could do that for is about $900 US Dollars which I'd still be pretty short of even if I sell my current board with the 2.8 Quad.

    I'm planning to upgrade my graphics card too which will be funded from selling my Xbox One to game via linux boot on a separate drive.

    Main reasons for upgrade is to give it some more power and future proof it for 4K, I'm not a huge fan of the newer trashcan system, it doesn't seem to have the upgradability like the old Mac Pro's, although I'm not totally against them.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. MacVidCards Suspended

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hollywood, CA
    X5650 should be A-OK

    You will gain the ability to use a full 64GB in a 2009 or later single CPU

    If it is a 4,1 be sure to run the 5,1 firmware update BEFORE switching CPU

    How is Nottingham? I went to school for a bit in Grantham which I seem to recall was 1 train stop away. Went to Nottingham a few times to shop.
  3. flowrider macrumors 601


    Nov 23, 2012
    X5650 will work just fine a a single CPU 5,1 Mac Pro and it will support DDR1333 RAM.

  4. P00t thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2012
    Nottingham UK

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