Swapping Mac Pro Processor trays????

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by rjheys, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. rjheys macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2008
    Now that the new 2009 mac pro has the processors and ram on a completely removable tray would it be possible to just swap or upgrade the tray. Example, I have a 2009 2.66 Quad Mac Pro, could I just slide out my tray with the 2.66 Quad and slide in a different tray, like an 8 core one with the two 2.26 quads? I know you cant just buy the trays at the moment but in a few years could I maybe pick up a faster processor tray on ebay and put it in my machine? Does anybody know why this wouldn't work? (other hardware differences between the 4 and 8 core Mac Pros other than whats on the processor trays for example)
  2. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    Another member posted awhile back (another thread), that the main logic board between the Quad and Octo are the same P/N's, so it should be technically possible. The SMB is different, but might be able to update it (firmware). The associated cost might not be wonderful though. ;) :p
  3. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Even if possible it is probably unlikely it will make financial sense. I wouldn't count on it as a future upgrade strategy.
  4. UltraNEO* macrumors 601


    Jun 16, 2007
    It'll be nice if someone would post an image of the processor try from a Quad and a Octo. I'm wondering to myself are there some components missing, or are they physically different. It's kinda hard to imagine them, as I don't own either of the new MP's.
  5. Boneoh macrumors 6502


    Feb 27, 2009
    So. Cal.
    They are physically different, check out the illustrations in this manual.


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