MacPro Mobo

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Hoopdy, Aug 23, 2008.

  1. Hoopdy macrumors 6502

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    If I ordered the base MacPro($2799) and and downgraded to One 2.8GHZ Quad-Core Intel Xeon making the price $2299 would the motherboard in my system still have 2 cpu sockets?
     
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    yes but it would cost much less to just get a dual CPU Mac Pro. search the forums as there are a bunch of threads on this.
     
  3. Hoopdy thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the reply.

    What exactly would I search for to find topics on this?
     
  4. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    I agree. :)

    Apple charges $500USD for the second processor. To do it yourself, you have to obtain the correct CPU cooler as well as a second CPU. You can't do this for $500. Apple Care would also not cover a 2nd CPU not installed at the factory. :(
     
  5. richard.mac macrumors 603

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  7. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    I'll just explain it for you.

    The 2.8GHz CPUs cost ~$850 retail. The heatsink costs ~$100. Apple give you $500 back when you downgrade. So at current pricing it would cost you $450 extra to upgrade. That pricing probably won't change much. Maybe in a few years it would come down some, but then this isn't a high volume part. I imagine most of them are in Mac Pros so the ones that do appear in places like eBay will probably be sought after and fetch high prices .

    You also void your warranty by installing a second processor. So if you want 8 cores buy the 8 core now. You can save money by going with a refurb or used system.
     

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