nMP / darth vader Trash can - user upgradeable?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sparkie7, Sep 30, 2014.

  1. sparkie7 macrumors 68020


    Oct 17, 2008
    Apologies for the basic Q's.. but...

    1. is the processor user upgradeable?

    2. is the RAM user upgradeable? — looks it, but you waste the 4x 4GB. what do you do with them, sell them? as there are only 4 slots. Is it better to buy the 32GB option instead of buying the 16GB and replacing with third party 32GB RAM?

    3. is the PCIe flash storage user upgradeable? ie buy base 256GB, then replace with 512GB or 1TB third party. Can you re-use the 256GB somewhere else via an adapter/sled into an external TB enclosure?
  2. tarzanyow macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2014
    1, yes, it can change, you can search in youtube how to change,
    2, you can upgrade, buy the correct model type of ram, it u upgrade it, just sell your existing Ram. ;lol...
    3, u can upgrade by purchase new item come with larger spaces. yes you can get it the casing for PCI-e storage, make it as your external HD storage... cool right.
  3. mikeboss macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2009
    right now there aren't any external cases available for Apple's proprietary PCIe SSDs. also, there are no 3rd party PCIe SSDs available for Apple's proprietary SSD slot.
  4. CASLondon macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2011
    No, but there will be a few third party SSDs for the Apple connection later this year, the OWC ProQ and the Sonnet

    You can buy 1tb Apple flash drives on eBay.
  5. MacVidCards Suspended

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hollywood, CA
    Where's that guy who was convinced that upgrades would be plentiful and easy based on the presence of screws?
  6. rueyloon macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2013
    Yes the processor is upgradable.

    Currently there is a 12 core 2.5 E5-2696 V2 chip that runs around $1700, you almost get the raw power of the 12 core at the price of the 8core.
  7. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Well, memory is readily available (newegg, amazon, etc).... Processors are readily available (newegg, amazon, etc)... As for the SSDs, they are available on ebay and soon OWC (my guess is they have been delayed due to the use of the Sandforce 3700 controller which is wayyy behind).

    So yeah, I'd say two out of three are readily available with the third being more available here soon.

    Yeah yeah we know you hate the nMP. You can't help but say disparaging remarks even when they are wrong....
  8. handsome pete macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2008
    That particular argument was more centered around the gpus.
  9. paulrbeers, Oct 1, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2014

    paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Well that ship has long sailed. Why even bother bringing it up? I think everyone (outside of a handful of people) knew that GPU's wouldn't be user upgradable (unless maybe purchased directly from Apple after the next generation nMP is released) especially since they aren't even identical cards.

    Oh waaaaiiitttt.... That's right he sells GPU's for cMP's thus can't say anything nice about the nMP.

    EDIT: And in the context of this thread, GPU's were not even mentioned by the OP which puts them out of scope.
  10. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    The lack of available SSDs to upgrade with frustrates me. Same thing is true on the Macbook Pro. Apple should really just offer them on their web store.
  11. AndyUnderscoreR macrumors 6502


    Jul 11, 2008
    Yes it's user upgradeable.

    There's no need to waste 4x4Gb, whatever spec you want, do it as a custom configuration from the base 4-core 12Gb model and you'll only be wasting 3x4Gb.

    If you want 32, it might well be cheaper to get 12 from apple and replace with 32 aftermarket than getting 32 from Apple, but that depends on when you buy and who from. Ram prices vary quite a bit, all I can say is that I paid less for 64 by buying 12 and upgrading it myself.
  12. flat five macrumors 603

    flat five

    Feb 6, 2007

    (not sure about the 'plentiful' part but i did talk about screws and ease)
  13. flowrider macrumors 603


    Nov 23, 2012
    And the MacBook Air. But, third party solutions are coming. Be patient.


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