Actually you want to keep the original processor for as long the the system is under warranty/AppleCare so if Apple decides to replace your system you don't lose the new CPU. Also, if Apple doesn't consider the CPU user replaceable then you would need to pop the original CPU in for warranty repair.
They might have done that already with their teardown.I hope OWC knows that they may void their warranty by modifying their new Mac Pro.
Just in case you didn't understand the confusing their/they're/there fiasco: No, you cannot use the new processors in the old Mac Pro, they use LGA 1366 Sockets and the new one uses LGA 2011.Thanks...
There is no reason to think the CPUs in this link won't all work, and these are the ones that are really worth considering at this point.Has someone created a chart outlining all the CPUs that will work in the nMP? I don't think it is enough that the CPU fits in the LGA2011 slot, is it?
First off it's not supported in OS X at all. Second it's pretty low bandwidth.
Maybe. That is assuming that 1) it doesn't have added power requirements. 2) they don't change the incredibly proprietary connector (which probably has XFire linkages, therefore may not work with an NVidia option). 3) Apple doesn't, at least in some small way, alter the form-factor making the cards incompatible.And I'll put whatever the top gpu in the nMP 7,1 is in. assuming the d700 feels old at that point. Not sure much else can be done.
The faster the card, the more you'll notice. Oddly enough, the 7970 (D700/280x) has almost no difference running at PCIe 2.0 4x (2GBps/Tbolt2) as 16xPCIe3.0. However, the GTX680 starts to have problems, with drops in FPS up to 20%. Presumably the GTX780, Titan, 780Ti, R9 290X, 7990, GTX690, and any SLI config will have horrible issues (horrible considering how much you pay for lower performance).What would be necessary to run a gaming video-card in an external enclosure, in terms of bandwidth?
I have seen MPs with external video-cards in PCIe enclosures, running quite fast, and I thought the bandwidth of PCIe was captured by the TB2...