MacPro4,1 Single CPU upgrade

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  1. ctguru macrumors newbie

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    MacPro4,1 Single CPU upgrade

    So after doing the EFI upgrade to 5,1, what are the best value CPU upgrades in peoples opinions? There are a few out there, just want some input. I really want the best bang for buck, so to speak. Are there any issues with particular upgrade CPU's?

    W3565, X3570, X3680, X3690, i7-980X etc. (hope my list is correct)

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    whoops maybe W instead of X in model number
     
  2. koban4max macrumors 68000

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    w3565...i think that is the one with 3.2x ghz?
     
  3. Gav Mack, Jan 28, 2014
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    W3670's are much cheaper used and excellent VFM compared to the faster 80/90 models. I buy them used off eBay with a DOA warranty long enough to test out thoroughly so I can return them if faulty, not had a duff one yet.

    The X models are dual socket chips.
     
  4. funwithdesign macrumors regular

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    Best value in my opinion are the highest clocked quads.

    Unless you can really take advantage of the 6 cores (and I mean really, not just trying to justify it in your head) or your job is to sit and look at Geekbench all day then a 3.33 quad core will be your best bang for the buck hands down. Also supports 1333 ram.

    For example the 3.33 x5590 can be had for ~$200cdn compared to the 3.33 w3680 which is around $500-600 or more.
     
  5. flowrider macrumors 601

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    Again, No they are not!

    My post from another thread:

    Lou
     
  6. Studio K macrumors 6502

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    What CPU do you have currently? Is it the 2.66GHz quad?

    If that is the case, and you don't need/want 6 cores, then a quad W3570 would be worth considering.

    There appears to be a lot of leftover 3570s on OEM trays and that has made them inexpensive. A couple of sellers on ebay were selling tons of these 3570s brand new for $100-$130.
    Last I checked, the W3565 and W3580 were both harder to come by and cost at least twice as much used.
    The W3570 also supports 1333MHz ram (which would be usable with your EFI firmware flash).
     
  7. funwithdesign macrumors regular

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    X and W are TDP not dual/single identifiers.
     
  8. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    You can get x5650 6 core for less than that $200 they work fine in machine that has the 2010 firmware. Added bonus they run cooler and use less power when doing so than the older 45nm processors.
     
  9. funwithdesign macrumors regular

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    Trouble is, in the real world, next to no one will see any noticeable improvement moving from a 2.66 Quad to a 2.66 Hex core.
     
  10. ctguru, Jan 28, 2014
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    ctguru thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yep, this one
     
  11. ctguru thread starter macrumors newbie

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    just found one of these for $400

    Intel Core i7-980X Extreme SLBUZ CPU Socket 1366

    Is the only downside (compared to Xeon) the 1066 RAM speed?
     
  12. ctguru thread starter macrumors newbie

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    scratch that, i7 doesn't support ECC memory (which I have)
     
  13. GP-SE macrumors 6502

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    look for a W3580, or if you need 6 cores a W3680
    both use 1333mhz ram, and turbo to the same speeds, only difference is one is quad, other is hex.

    using a core i7 wont give you ECC for the memory
    only Xeon supports ECC
     
  14. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah same applies to the more money than brains crowd going for them 3.33 or 3.46 6 core chips. But if you need 6 cores that chip is the one to go for and if you need 6 cores on regular multiple times a day basis then the higher rated ones actually make sense.
     
  15. funwithdesign macrumors regular

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    As is X5590 which for some reason can often be found cheaper than W3580.
     
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  17. ctguru thread starter macrumors newbie

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    can the X5590 cpu be used in a single CPU MacPro?
     
  18. funwithdesign macrumors regular

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    Yes. That is what I run in mine.
     
  19. flowrider macrumors 601

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    Again YES - As I stated in my post above!

    Lou
     
  20. ctguru thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanx for the help guys

    W5590 4 core are a lot cheaper on ebay than the 6 core
     
  21. pointvicente macrumors newbie

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    The 3570 is now as low as $30 now on ebay. I couldn't resist i want to go up to 1333mhz memory speed. I haven't installed it yet its in its package. I just worry it will run hot. Do you still have your w3570 is it running hot? My machine is just a 3mm allen wrench away from some SGII thermal paste and a dot pea method!
     
  22. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    I don't think you need to worry about that. I am running a W3690, not hot at all. The cooling system still has plenty of buffer to handle more heat. For the single CPU 4,1, even a 130 TDP CPU, still impossible to make the fan run at 50% (assume normal OAT, and the heatsink is not cover by dust, etc.)
     

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