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Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by freeman727, Nov 26, 2009.
As the title asks, how do I convert a MP Quad to an Octo?
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.
That would be an interesting prospect considering that the upcoming Gulftown has a similar architectural "footprint"...
But then again it's just a mere speculation, it's a bet Apple would have it's ways to limit such expandability...
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.
You would probably be better off to sell the Quad on Craigslist and buy a refurb Octo.