MacPro (5,1 2012) Where do I buy a dual CPU tray?

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  1. i make movies macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2007
    Hi all,

    I've been researching far and wide about upgrading my CPU. While there's plenty of how-to's and helpful guides out there, I cannot for the life of me find a single store or useful tip on where one can buy a CPU tray.

    I have a single CPU tray (3.33 6-core) and would like to buy a dual CPU tray (to put two 3.46 chips_.

    All of the upgrade sites on ebay require to have a dual cpu tray to upgrade (plus they cost way too much) and I am not paying OWC almost 4 grand to upgrade it.

    I have found only this...

    ...which *seems* like it can work.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  2. Surrat macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2014
    United States
    That one should be fine.

    I have a 2012 dual, and have checked two other 2010 5,1 and both had the same SMC version on the cpu tray, meaning it would work.
  3. RoastingPig macrumors 68000


    Jul 23, 2012
    you gotta get 2 cpu coolers wich are expensive
  4. AndreeOnline macrumors 6502


    Aug 15, 2014
    I was in the exact same position.

    I ended up buying a 4.1 Mac Pro for $680.

    I have now flashed the firmware so that it is a "5.1" to permit the CPUs and faster memory.

    When you look at the price of the tray alone, you understand why I did this. The best offer I got for a tray swap was $1600 (tray, dual X5690s and 64GB RAM), but then I'd have to send my 2010 single CPU tray in as part of the deal (and would not get it back).

    The way I see it, now I've got two Mac Pros and I can work on the new one for a bit while I am still up and running with the 5.1. At some point I switch over to the upgraded 4.1-->5.1 and sell my 6-core Westmere. When all that is done, I will have gotten my upgrades pretty cheap.

    When you look at the various component prices on Ebay, the $1600 deal is actually OK. But then you don't have another computer to sell to offset the upgrade. You understand why I did what I did.


    Yep. That is the real annoyance right there. A bit hard to find and you easily hit $500 to buy both.

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