Seller on eBay changed discription

Ikurt

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I bought a 2010 mid year Mac pro 5.1 one eBay 2 days later the discription changed to 2012

Can i still go 12 core with this ..is he trying to scam me or do you think he is out of 10 and giving me a 12 instead. I cant afford a new Mac
So i rather upgrade bit at a time.

So is the 12 just as good as the 10

How do i look up the year when i get the device
Or what should I look for?

I can still return when it arrives

Thanks in advance for your help.
 

Intell

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The 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro are the exact same machine. Just sold with different CPUs and video cards, but everything is compatible.
 
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tsialex

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2010 and 2012 Mac Pros are almost exactly the same.

Mac Pros mid-2012 have faster Xeon processors and a new format of serial numbers, but they are the identical everywhere else and use the same parts as mid-2010.
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The 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro are the exact same machine. Just sold with different CPUs and video cards, but everything is compatible.
Mac Pro mid-2012 have the exactly same GPUs as mid-2010, ATI HD 5770 and HD 5780.

Early-2009 have different GPUs.
 
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Ikurt

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I also found this link..

Kind of useful


https://everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_pro/faq/differences-between-mac-pro-mid-2012-mid-2010-models.html
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make sure it's not a 2009 flashed to a 2010. The version of the smc chip is the dead give away as to the hardware revision. (1.39f5 in 2009, 1.39f11 in 2010-2012)

How to check this..? On cpu board.

Thanks again.
 

tsialex

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Just go to "About This Mac"

View attachment 820243

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This is useless, if a crooked seller is selling a 2009 for a 2010/2012, he can change the SSN into the SPI flash memory and bypass the About My Mac. This is becoming common by the way and I was approached two times already to do this mod. It's the fastest way for me to block someone.

The only reliable way to determine if a backplane is 2010/2012 and not a modded 2009 is checking the SMC version in System Information / Hardware Overview / SMC Version (System).

  • 2009 is 1.39f5
  • 2010/2012 is 1.39f11
Another thing, the only way to know if a replacement backplane, no serial, is 2010 or 2012 is to read the LBSN_BD sector, to do this you need to dump the BootROM with ROMTool or flashrom, open the dump into a hex editor, go to the end of the file and check around the last bytes of the dump for the build date, it's something like 131010131010 for a 2012 backplane made in 20131010. Mid-2012 backplanes started to be made after June 2012.
 
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