Processor upgrade nMP from eBay

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by joe8232, Aug 29, 2016.

  1. joe8232 macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2005
    Hi all,

    I'm looking to upgrade the processor in my nMP to a 12 core 2697, I know the process is quite involved but the guide on ifixit looks like I can do it. I know the retail for the 2697 is over $2k but on ebay there are refurbished chips for around $1k (e.g.,

    Is there anything I should be wary of with buying a refurbished chip like this?

  2. AidenShaw macrumors P6


    Feb 8, 2003
    The Peninsula
    How do you "refurbish" a CPU chip?
  3. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

    thats all folks

    Dec 20, 2013
    Austin (supposedly in Texas)
    that particular chip is an engineering sample. a pre-production release that is not supposed to end up on the open market. do not buy that.

    an electron microscope, very small q-tips and some Armor-All.
  4. joe8232 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2005
  5. DPUser macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2012
    ...with the old paste wiped off. "Like New" means the paste residue is removed with a solvent.
  6. calaverasgrande macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2010
    Brooklyn, New York.
    I've bought clean pulls before. I also know a guy who make $10-20k a year selling pulled IT gear (think Cisco switch modules and Sun server parts).

    I'd not worry about buying such a part so long as the seller has a high rating, and are responsive to communications.
    My plan for my nMP is to do same. Though I may go for a 10 core.

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