Question: How to convert 2009 Quad to Octo?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by freeman727, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. freeman727 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2009
    As the title asks, how do I convert a MP Quad to an Octo?
  2. gugucom macrumors 68020


    May 21, 2009
    Munich, Germany
    Buy an octo tray, two heat sinks, two CPUs and more RAM. It would be a waste of money. The heat sinks and the tray are only available at Apple spare part prices.
  3. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005
    That would be an interesting prospect considering that the upcoming Gulftown has a similar architectural "footprint"... :D

    But then again it's just a mere speculation, it's a bet Apple would have it's ways to limit such expandability... :eek:
  4. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2009
    You can obtain the heat sinks and CPU tray for approx $700, plus two new CPUs which will cost you over $3,000 for the 3.3 GHz variant. You don't need new RAM, you can use the RAM from your quad.

    Still, you're looking at over $3,500 (conservative) to convert your 2009 Quad to a 3.3 GHz 8-core. Financially the upgrade doesn't make much sense, especially since we will most likely have 6-core and 12-core Mac Pros in 2-4 months.
  5. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    You would probably be better off to sell the Quad on Craigslist and buy a refurb Octo.

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