Quad 5,1 and W3680 upgrade - overheat?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by zopiro, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. zopiro macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2010
    I'm considering upgrading my quad 3.2 processor (mid 2012) to a W3680, for the hex-core 3.33Ghz increase.

    However, I've read some people in other forums mentioning overheating and excessive fan noise with this processor, though I'm afraid they might have not properly spread the thermal paste or something of the sort.

    Any of you with a w3680 care to share your experiences?
  2. DPUser macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2012
    I did the 4,1 to 5,1 EFI update, then replaced the 2.66 four core in my 2009 MP with the hex 3.33. My Mac runs at temperatures that are virtually indistinguishable from its prior incarnation, and fan speeds are no different.
  3. wonderspark macrumors 68040


    Feb 4, 2010
    Same here. My temps dropped a couple degrees. Follow the directions with thermal paste and you'll be fine.
  4. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, UK
    Isn't the W3680 the same one as in the 2010 6x3.33? If so I have no heat or noise issues with it whatsoever in mine (factory installed from new and untouched ever since)

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