Speeding up an old mac pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by tealemon, Oct 30, 2014.

  1. tealemon macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2013
    I have an old mac pro 3,1 which I would like to speed up a little.
    Currently it has 14GB 667MHz RAM in it, and a bunch of old-fashioned hard disks.

    What would improve performance more - replacing the 667MHz RAM with 800MHz RAM (the fastest this computer can take), or replacing the system drive with an SSD?

    Ideally both, I know :p but, sadly I have to choose.
  2. Harry Muff macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2014

    I'm Running a 2006 1,1 with 12Gb of 667Mhz RAM, and a Crucial 512Gb M4 SSD (3Gb SATA).

    It flies.

    Best upgrade you can make to a Mac. Do it.
  3. pertusis1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2010
    I second the motion. Best bang for your buck, for sure.
  4. Tom-Create-Pro macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2014
    Third :). The difference an SSD makes is ridiculous, and it improves performance across the board.
  5. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

    Gav Mack

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sagittarius A*
    Fourthed. The RAM bus speed increase will be hardly noticable compared to the laugh your head off at how much quicker it is with an SSD - even in a sled.

    Decent 2.5 inch sled adaptor like the NWT Adaptadrive highly recommended unlike the junk plastic icy boxes etc.
  6. mac8867 macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2010
    Saint Augustine, FL
    +1 on the crucial SSD. If you google up crucial SSD, 500Gb, you can find them for right around $215 right now. I have that drive in my 4,1... world of difference
  7. nigelbb macrumors 65816

    Dec 22, 2012
    I have seen benchmarks (sorry don't have a link ATM) that show barely any performance difference between using 667MHz & 800MHz FB-DIMMs. In real world usage there is no difference.

    An SSD in a drive self is good but an SSD on a PCI-e card like the Apricom Velocity is even better as the SATA bus gets maxed out if you put it in a drive sled & you won't get full SATA III performance out of a modern SSD without putting it on a PCI-e card.

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