Upgrade Mac Pro 4.1 or 5.1 using Core i7

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  1. Ewen Cameron, Dec 15, 2013
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    Ewen Cameron macrumors newbie

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    I was aware that you could upgrade the single cpu in a 4.1 5.1 using the Xeon W3680 or W3690 cpu.

    But I just read you can also use a core i7…

    "Single CPU Mac Pro 6-core upgrade: For the 4-core, single processor Mac Pro. Your stock 2.66 GHz (2009) or 2.80 GHz (2010) 4-core processor is upgraded to an Intel Core i7-980 3.33 GHz 'Gulftown' 6-core CPU. (The alternative 'Westmere' Xeon 6-core CPU provides identical performance but at twice the cost. It is not remotely cost effective). I use a Gulftown Core i7-980 in my 2009 single CPU Mac Pro".

    Has anyone done this?
    Does this mean there could be faster Core i7 upgrades available?

    I am aware that the ECC ability of the ram will not work.
     
  2. chris.k macrumors member

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    Yes this works. However you need to qualify the "can use a core i7" statement. You can ONLY use the LGA1366 first-generation Core series For example you can use the

    I7-980X "extreme"
    I7-990X "extreme"

    These above chips are identical to the W3680, W3690 respectively, minus the ECC Ram.

    Those two chips are "the end of the line" for the LGA1366 i7 series. There are no faster/better core i7 processors you can use in a MacPro 4,1/5,1.
     
  3. Ewen Cameron, Dec 15, 2013
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    Ewen Cameron thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for answering, I thought that might be the case.

    Not sure if I should bite the bullet and get a new iMac or get a Mac Pro 4.1 on Ebay and do the firmware & cpu update.

    I love the expansion abilities on my 3.1, which I have had from new and upgraded with a new gpu and SSD but the new mac pro is far too much for what I need which is mainly graphics CS6 stuff.

    What would you do if you only use Adobe CS suite…

    iMac i5 21.5" 2.9ghz with fusion drive (about £ 1225.00)

    or

    buy a Mac Pro 4.1 on ebay and upgrade with Xeon 6 core 3.42mhz (about £950 - £1100)?

    My current Mac Pro 3.1 is to be handed down to my son (part of his xmas present) :D.
     
  4. chris.k macrumors member

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    I have a 4,1 with a W3690 hex.

    Couldn't be happier with it. Fantastic at everything I throw at it.

    My use cases are different than yours (I use it for x-plane scenery development, having the sim + editing tools + gfxconverter all loaded simultaneously and flipping back and forth between them constantly to check the results of my edits). Works very well for my purposes

    I also recently picked up BF4 in the Win7/Bootcamp side of things, and the system performs beautifully at very high/ultra on the GTX670.

    My suggestion is (much like everyone else recommends) is to get a cheap 4,1, flash it, drop a Hexacore into it and toss in an NVidia GTX 680.
     
  5. snarfquest macrumors regular

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    Do these:

    I7-980X "extreme"
    I7-990X "extreme"

    give you the ability to do Airplay Video streaming? Meaning do these processors have the built-in optimizations?

    That would be one way to get Airplay to work from a MacPro. Has anybody tried this?
     
  6. NOTNlCE macrumors 6502a

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    Airplay requires a Sandy Bridge chipset. It won't work.
     
  7. visusest macrumors newbie

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    An i7-970 will also work and be slightly cheaper. I run one in a flashed 4,1 with 12GB of non-ECC triple channel RAM.
     
  8. idiiamots macrumors member

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    When upgrading Xeon processors in Mid-2010s, does it matter where the CPUs come from? For example, X5650 sells for $500/pair. A dual CPU board is $700. That's $1200 vs $3200+ for OWC to do a single-to-dual upgrade. What's the catch???
     
  9. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    CPUs are CPUs. The catch is OWC wants to make large markup like Apple but you leave off the hundreds of dollars a piece the cpu coolers are going to cost for that board upgrade. Oh and you can do better on them processors just got matched pair for $350 shipped on there couple of days ago.
     
  10. CrazyNurse macrumors regular

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    Airpay does not work on Mac Pros? Why?:confused:
     
  11. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    I'm sure I read somewhere it requires Ivy Bridge or better cpu which until today no Mac Pro has had.
     

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