Mac Pro 4,1 and 5,1

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by spoonie1972, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. spoonie1972 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2012
    Can a processor board (in this case, 2010/11 2.4hgz x 2) from a 5,1 go into a 2009 4,1 that came with a 2.66hgz x 1 ... and simply work?
  2. TableSyrup macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2012
    Oh... my.... gosh.... I just.... LITERALLY JUST, basically posted this same thing.... sorry

    mod can delete my other post :(
  3. PowerPCMacMan macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    PowerPC land
    Yes, in fact I did this very same thing. I bought the 2010 boards and gutted the 09 mac pro boards. Yes, they will fit in the same case as the boards are exactly the same. I got mine for 300 last year, but that was the luck of the draw. You would be lucky to find both for under 1000 these days.

    The w3680 is around 500 bucks, should you desire 6-core power.

    So, yes.. taking out the 09 boards for 2010 boards in an 09 is indeed possible, but at this point, not worth it. In case you want to know. I got my 2010 boards(backplane and single quad board) through a local Apple Service Center and paid the following:

    49.00 for the single quad board
    250.00 for the Backplane board.

    You won't find these at the low prices I once paid.

  4. spoonie1972 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 17, 2012
    so, at this point, more economical to just sit and wait until a 5,1 shows up?

    that's something i can handle.

    also, after finding out about the netkas bios shenanigans to get *some* 4,1's to accept the newer chips/ram... i can't be bothered. amazing work on his end, but i'd rather not monkey around.

    thanks for the reply!

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