Processor Upgrade Time for Mac Pro 1,1

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by darwinian, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. darwinian macrumors 6502a

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    Alright. Has anyone successfully upgraded his/her processors in an original MP 1,1 (2.0 GHz Xeon)? Boxed processors have finally fell to more affordable levels, and I'm considering it, to the extent that it's possible.

    I know I need to match the following specifications:

    1333 FSB
    LGA 771

    I'm looking at Quad core chips. My current processors (I think) look to be Xeon 5130s, running at 65W. Do I need to add any additional heat sink/cooling measures for 80W processors? Will they even work?

    Any knowledgeable advice would be appreciated!
     
  2. highjumppudding macrumors 6502

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    haven't tried it. i personally wouldn't risk voiding the warranty. if it is out of warrant, i still wouldn't risk frying the system. i dunno, best of luck. there are resources online if you google the procedure. they have been up for a while.
     
  3. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    80W TDP processors should not need any extra cooling requirements. 5400 series Xeons won't work in your Mac Pro if those were the ones you were looking at.
     
  4. darwinian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, thanks. I'm not a hardware guru -- what exactly is the limitation? Processor-land has always been confusing to me.
     
  5. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    You can use 5100 or 5300 series Xeon processors. The Mac Pro 1,1 has been confirmed not to work with 5400 series. Although technically the 5400 1333MHz FSB processors should be compatible Apple would need to release a firmware update which they won't ever do.

    I'd say the only logical options are the E5345 @ 2.33GHz or the X5355 @ 2.66GHz. Buying new from an online store you are looking at $1,000 and $1,800 respectivly for a pair. You can get some good deals on eBay, but neither crop up that often as far as I know. You could recoup maybe $150-$200 from your current processors. Basically I'd keep searching eBay for "Xeon 5345" and "Xeon 5355" and if any come up that seem good deals and not dodgy then go for them. At retail prices you may as well sell your Mac Pro and buy a used eight core.
     
  6. darwinian thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm, thanks for the info. I guess it's still a bit too expensive. Here's to hoping that processors hit a sweet spot of availability and affordability so I can upgrade and not have to sell my current machine, etc. Doesn't seem very likely, but that's OK. This is still a great machine that has served me well for 2 years.
     
  7. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

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    You need the clovertown xeon processors for the upgrade. I've been looking at the 3ghz upgrade too for my 2ghz macpro but the cost is just to high. Figure if I upgrade, might as well max it out. See this..
    http://www.anandtech.com/mac/showdoc.aspx?i=2832&p=6 . Its doable but risky. If you watch apples refurb section, you could buy a octo for about the same price as a pair of 3ghz processors. The 2.66 chips are a little less expensive. Newegg seems to have the lowest prices unless you find some used ones.
     
  8. Quash macrumors regular

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    Probably the cheapest way to upgrade the procs in your mac pro is to sell it and buy the new one :)
     
  9. pwn247 macrumors 6502

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    You're telling me that it's cheaper to purchase a $2,800 system than to pay ~$1k for new processors? ...
     
  10. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    The threadstarter could get $1,400 for his 2.0GHz system and a refurb 8 core can be had for $2,400 from Apple.
     
  11. h4lp m3 macrumors 6502

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    I just bagged a pair on ebay for $250. :)
    some homie will probably buy it from me for $2000 for his "studio"or whatever.
     
  12. MacinJosh macrumors 6502a

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    Nice necro :)
     
  13. VanneDC macrumors 6502a

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    Hey I have a "studio"... :D
    Suppp wit dat?? Either that or a nerd bunker, spare bedroom without a bed or just some dodgy office with crap all over the place. Luckily my "studio" doesn't have crap all over the place anymore.
     
  14. h4lp m3 macrumors 6502

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    hey look a "studio" :D http://losangeles.craigslist.org/ant/roo/2533025810.html
     

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