Mac Pro CPU Experts! I need a simple piece of clarification (5,1)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by SkweeGee, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. SkweeGee macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2013
    I'm narrowing down my search to buy a (Aluminum Tower) Mac Pro and have it down to the two least expensive refurbs:

    • 2010 Mac Pro 2.8GHz Quad-Core (W3530)
    • 2012 Mac Pro 3.2GHz Quad-Core (W3565)
    I plan to upgrade the processor with either machine to the hex (6-core) W3680 (or greater).

    Now the question I had was whether the architecture for the two machines are exactly the same? Meaning, if I theoretically had both machines with the same components (RAM, Video, etc) would I achieve the same results with either of them having the W3680 processor? If this is the case, I'm looking to save even more money and go with the 2010 model.

    Thanks so much for any help!
  2. Donar macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2008
    The architecture for both models (2010/2012) is the same. Even the 2009 MacPro (MP 4,1) is the same and can be flashed with firmware from the MacPro 5,1 through a hack.
  3. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    Yes, they are the same. Either of those machines can be upgraded to W3680 or greater.
  4. SkweeGee thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2013
    Thanks for the reply guys! It makes my decision a lot easier! :)
  5. MassMacMan macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2012
    Boston MetroWest
    That's what I did with mine, installing a W3680, and getting a Geekbench2 score of 15,317. It's every bit as fast as it should be.

Share This Page