Upgrading 1 quad-core to 2 quad-core

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Sabbathack, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. Sabbathack macrumors newbie

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    If i purchase an MacPro system with single quad-core processor, can a second quad-core be added after the fact? If not, why?

    Thanks,

    Sab
     
  2. TBi macrumors 68030

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    You can but you'll need to buy a second heatsink aswell. The single quad core Mac Pro has the same motherboard as the dual quad core.
     
  3. IroquoisPliskin macrumors regular

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    Why not? Because the cost of the heatsink and CPU will probably be more than the $500 you save.

    Why are you buying a MP now? New ones that will perform much faster are less than 2 months away.
     
  4. Sabbathack thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you! I was on the chat with an Apple "Specialist" who said absolutely not. It didn't make sense to me, unless you need two processors for a mobo with two slots. Does Apple frown upon the tweakers and moders of the world?

    Also, can anyone give me any specs on the integrated audio on the MacPro. My "Specialist" told me the specs are not given to the general public.. WHAT?!? A system/OS that prides itself on its audio and visual capabilities. I think I just got someone who didn't want to answer questions. :) Anyway... I do A LOT with multi track recording, am I'm just wondering what the limitations are going to be. I do anywhere from 10-30 tracks with many effects on each track...


    Thanks again!!

    Sab
     
  5. IroquoisPliskin macrumors regular

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    Completely. Steve Jobs was/is against even opening the computer. The first Mac was all in one with no removable/upgradable parts, he meant for it to never be opened by the customer.

    Thats why all the current models except the top-end MacPro are very difficult to open beyond memory access.
     
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    There is a slight possibility that it is a Realtek ALC885. I am not totally sure. If this isn't good enough for you I think you can take advantage of the PCI-E slots, all MacPro expansion slots from what I understand are PCI-E only. The last time I looked into things Creative wasn't making a PCI-E card due to some issue of it slowing down the bus speeds. I am unsure (because I didn't really need to upgrade my sound) if this was ever fixed or if you can find another PCI-E card to work.

    Not anymore. Changing my ram in the late 2008 MB required less than 12 screws and fully exposed my logic board. :)
     
  7. Sabbathack thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ya $500 at current pricing... I'm coming from a 1.8Ghz SINGLE core processor with barley over 1gb of ram. I'm sure the 2.8Ghz Quad will hold me over for quite some time and when prices drop a bit on the processor I need, I'll scoop one up. (With heat sink of course) :)

    Won't the newer ones coming out be even more pricey than the current models? Or does Apple generally keep the newest models in the same price range?

    Sab
     
  8. chromatronic macrumors member

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    MUCH FASTER ?
    faster yes off course but Much faster... they said many times it will be like 100% faster.... but then when real world test are done its not that much faster... only my opinion but i think it will be maybe 20% faster or 30 in real world use...

    And maybe now is a good time to hava a Mac Pro current model for less that its original price... and less that the new ones...

    Also... they will probably be ANNOUNCED in january.... but its really not sure they will be AVAILABLE at that time....

    maybe it will be around march... we dont know...

    Anyway to respond to the question... yes you can do easly 30 tracks with 10 plugs on each if you want... and still have power left.. on a 8 core... unless you make 30 tracks of a very demanding soft synth like Massive or something like that...

    off course buying one just now begining of december is maybe not the perfect time since new ones are supposed to be announced next month... but if you can buy one for a good price, you will not regret it... but if you pay full price... then maybe not worth it unless you really need it during december to february or march...
     
  9. Phil A. Moderator

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    Two months is a long time if you need a computer today...
     
  10. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    I would not count on getting the heat sink from anywhere but from Apple if they even sell it separately unless your lucky enough to find someone who's machine has died and they are parting it out.. On a brighter note the Canadian refurb store shows the single core machines at $2099 so if your in the market right now it offers a chance to pick one up for a few hundred off, you may want to check your local store for a similar deal.
     
  11. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    There are a few sites that sell them, but they go for over $100. The processor probably won't ever be really cheap either as most of them are apparently in Mac Pros.
     
  12. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Didn't know that I had searched months ago when I had the same idea as the OP does here and found nothing.
    No doubt I have seen people paying more than they can get refub machines direct from Apple for used and the prices on the parts are pretty much crazy..
     

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