Mac pro upgrade

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by drupi, Sep 26, 2018.

  1. drupi macrumors newbie

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    Hello everyone, I have a imac 24 "of 2009 now tired, I would like a little fun with the do it yourself.
    I would like to buy a Mac Pro 2008 8 core and in the meantime use it as it is replacing the disk with an SSD and bring the ram to 32GB also put a good card for video editing with FCPX.

    But I would like to have a mac pro where I can for example next year replace the processors so that it becomes a 12 core as in the video in the link below.



    to do what I have in mind can I buy any 2008 8 pro core on ebay?

    for example this
    https://www.ebay.it/itm/Mac-Pro-3-1...430635?hash=item25f04df46b:g:7-0AAOSwmNxafsLu


    and then in the future just buy the 12 core processors always on ebay and then install them as in the video I posted above?
    thank you
     
  2. Alex Sanders74 macrumors regular

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    I'd recommend a 2009 to 2012 model instead of the 2008. The logic boards in these are limited in what can be done with them as well as what OS they can run. The 2009 would be a far better purchase and even a 2010 or 2012 ideally.

    CPU swaps on the 2008 aren't worth doing. The boards use much slower RAM and have other limitations...
     
  3. bjar macrumors regular

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    2008 Mac Pro can not use 12 core processors. See sticky thread on processor compatibility. Better off buying a 4,1 or 5,1 Mac Pro as already mentioned.
     
  4. drupi thread starter macrumors newbie

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  5. pl1984 macrumors 68020

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    A quad core 2009 / 2010 / 2012 CPU includes hyperthreading thus providing the ability to run 8 threads. While not as effective as a true 8 cores it is helpful. Even so the architectural improvements of the 2009 / 2010 / 2012 models is considerable making a 4 core very competitive with the 2008 8 core model. A 2009 is definitely a better choice but if you can get the 2008 for a good price and you don't need the abilities of the 2009 and later models it's a great system (I have one).
     
  6. drupi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Excuse me but I do not understand if a 2009 4 core can go well or if it must be an 8 core, thanks.
    the google translator does not translate very well from english to italian sorry yet.
     
  7. pl1984 macrumors 68020

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    No worries. Generally speaking a 2009 quad core is preferable to a 2008 octa core. The recommendation to purchase a 2009 (or later) over the 2008 is a sound one, even if the 2008 has twice as many cores.
     
  8. kschendel macrumors 65816

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    2009-2012 single CPU = 4 cores 8 threads, or with a CPU upgrade can be 6 cores 12 threads.

    2009-2012 dual CPU = 8 cores 16 threads, or with a CPU upgrade 12 cores 24 threads.

    To change a single CPU computer to dual CPU you have to change out the CPU board. 2009 has a different CPU board from 2010-2012. Also, to upgrade the CPU of a 2009 model you have to do a firmware update that for software purposes makes it a 2010.

    And yes, the 2009-2012 models are better than the 2008, in numerous ways.
     
  9. drupi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Very good friend, so a mac pro 2009 4 core works great and in the future just buy a kit as in the link below and turn it into 12 cores, I mean?


    https://www.ebay.it/itm/12-Core-X56...966019?hash=item4b4f2e1003:g:e40AAOSw0UdXwfZn
     
  10. pl1984 macrumors 68020

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    Unfortunately that kit will not work if you have a 4 or 6 core Mac Pro. In order to turn a 4 or 6 core Mac Pro into an 8 or 12 core version you will also need to replace the CPU tray. If you intend to upgrade to 12 cores I highly recommend just buying an 8 or 12 core Mac Pro to start with.
     
  11. drupi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so this mac pro 8 core should be fine with the 12 core kit that I have linked you before?
    thank you


    https://www.ebay.it/itm/Early-2009-...286757?hash=item3f9efc7ca5:g:AVYAAOSwDYBbooaj
     
  12. pl1984 macrumors 68020

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    Yes, it should. However the CPUs in the upgrade kit are lidded and the dual CPU 4,1 uses de-lidded CPUs. You can use the kit but there are steps you'll need to take to use it. If you decide to move forward with upgrading the dual 4,1 make sure to post here first. Then we can provide the details of what needs to be done.
     
  13. drupi thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for your advice then I can evaluate how to do it.
     

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