Upgrade-ability

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Trusteft, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. Trusteft macrumors 6502a

    Trusteft

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    For the new just announced Mac Pro. Has it been confirmed it is fully upgradeable? For example buying the base model and then down the line upgrading any part of it?
     
  2. leman macrumors G3

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    The CPU and RAM are socketed and it has standard expansion slots. I don’t know about the SSD. Of course, the big question is the drivers etc. Also, you will be missing out on some of the more fancy features (like internal TB port rerouting or cooling system integration) if you don’t use Apple-made GPUs for example
     
  3. tsialex macrumors 601

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    Apple SSDs are not M.2 but just NAND blades, same as iMac Pro, with the SSD controller in the T2/T3. In theory, you can get bigger ones later.

    You can install standard M.2 SSDs exactly like you install in a MP5,1 today, MP7,1 has a lot of PCIe slots =)
     
  4. Boil macrumors 6502

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    You can replace the CPU & the RAM...

    If there is a Mac driver for it, you can put just about any PCIe card into it...

    Yes, the Apple MPX modules & Apple-approved third-party MPX modules will be the optimal choice for using the PCIe slots in regards to integrating best with the system & cooling, but they are not required...

    I mean, except for that bare bones kit; you know, the one that comes with an 8C/16T Skylake-SP CPU, 32GB RAM, 256GB SSD (single NAND module), & RX 580 GPU...

    Sweet spot just might be:

    12C/24T Cascade Lake-SP (?) Xeon CPU
    96GB DDR4 RAM (6 @ 16GB 2933 DIMMs)
    1TB SSD (2 @ 512GB NAND modules)
    Afterburner card
    Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPU MPX module
    Promise 32TB R4i RAID MPX module
    Pro Display XDR with nano-etched matte screen option
    Pro Display XDR monitor stand
    Magic Keyboard with numeric keypad
    Magic Mouse 2
    Mac Pro wheels

    US$20K...?
     
  5. Trusteft thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    About 17000 too much for me, but thank you for your reply. :)
     
  6. h9826790 macrumors G5

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    Are you sure we can upgrade / replace the CPU? That T2 chip doing nothing?
     
  7. tsialex macrumors 601

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    AFAIK from all documentation that I read on T2, Intel CPU is not managed by the T2/T3, just storage/camera/audio.
     
  8. LightBulbFun macrumors 68000

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    as @tsialex says the T2 chip does not do anything with the CPU, on the iMac Pro at least, it hangs off the chipsets PCIe lanes anyway

    (its also worth noting a few people have upgraded the CPU in their iMac Pros without any issues AFAIK :) )
     
  9. h9826790 macrumors G5

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    That will be a good news. If all CPU, GPU, RAM, storage are self upgradable (I mean via PCIe slots or the SATA ports, but not replace the original one), then this 7,1 is really the modern version of cMP.
     
  10. ct2k7 macrumors 603

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    I was in the studio yesterday, either the staff had no clue, or they were incorrect in saying that the CPU wasn’t readily user upgradeable. They did say that if it were upgradeable, that it would be an Apple only or AASP option, which is fair. The engineers I spoke to there said that it wasn’t designed with the CPU being replaceable in mind.

    GPU is upgradeable and SSD is upgradeable.

    I note that on the iMac Pro, you could replace the CPU, but you break the VOID sticker if you remove it from the socket.

    The AR breakdown shows that the CPU looks socketed, so they may follow the same path here.
     

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