Mac Pro 4,1 Upgrade Advice

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by OS-SEX, Aug 14, 2014.

  1. OS-SEX macrumors member


    Jan 12, 2012
    I recently purchased an '09 Mac Pro 2.66 quad core with a Radeon 5770 and 12 GB of RAM. It's a pretty powerful machine for my needs but I'd like to squeeze a little more oomph out of it for 3D gaming and some video editing. Given a limited budget, would I get more bang for my buck with a CPU upgrade or should I look into a better video card? I've seen the cpu upgrade videos for this machine and this seems like an upgrade I could definitely handle. What processor or video card would be a solid upgrade without breaking the bank?
  2. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    You may install x-plane (free download) and run it. Try the setting you prefer for gaming (resolution, texture, etc.). And then check if your machine is limited by the CPU or GPU. If you are happy with the frame rate, may be there is no need to upgrade.
  3. Synchro3 macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2014
    The Xeon W3690 (6-core 3.46 GHZ) is now at eBay for sale for $340.

    I bought one for my 4,1 Mac Pro. Single Core +25% Multicore +80% (old Processor was a W3540 2.93 GHz). The increase will be significant compared to your 2.66 Quad.
  4. augusto58 macrumors member


    Aug 28, 2014
    I hope that is meaningful, otherwise have a 6-core and useless.
    I need to buy myself a MacPro 2009 and then make the changes as yours.
    good luck.

    : Mela:
  5. Hugbrother macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2015
    Hey Synchro,

    Is this with the 5,1 upgrade?
  6. Synchro3 macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2014

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