Upgrading Mac Pro 4,1

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mmendoza27, Oct 29, 2015.

  1. mmendoza27 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2007
    #1
    So I've been debating on getting a 5K iMac or keeping my current machine. I have a 2.26 8-core Mac Pro with 4 drives (2 in raid for the OS install), no SSD, 2 GT 120s and 3 monitors.

    Honestly, my machine is in pretty bad shape. I was so set on an iMac because the raw speed is comparable to a nMP and I use it for software development. I know I don't NEED the speed and I'm mainly concerned with screen real estate and having a retina display. The retina display really helps with the various iOS simulators.

    With that in mind, after looking at pricing options, it's just cheaper to gradually upgrade the Mac Pro and it's such a great machine! After all, upgradability is why we all got them, right? So what should I get?

    Here's what I'm looking at:
    - 2x W5680 (6-core 3.33 Ghz Xeons)
    - SM 951 512 GB with Lycom DT-120
    - 32 GB of RAM

    Here's where it gets interesting. I would eventually like 2x24" 4K monitors or, if possible 2x27" 5K monitors (eventually down the road) and I'm unsure about which GFX card to get. I'm looking at the GTX 970, but I'm honestly unsure which one to get. I'm also considering just getting a 24" 4K Dell and keeping my current cinema display for right now. I'm also looking into a 34" 21:9 display as well. Any ideas??
     
  2. austinpike macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2008
    Location:
    MN
    #2
    For a 4,1 you need de-lidded CPUs; I would buy them that way versus doing it yourself. And you'd need the X5680 for a 2xCPU config, W-series are for single CPU. Plenty of info on these forums about upgrading a 4,1.
     
  3. flowrider macrumors 601

    flowrider

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2012
    #3
    ^^^^Actually that is incorrect. I posted the correct info below over a year ago. And there is no such thing as a W5680 as explained below:

    Mr. Pike's recommendation to buy the lidless CPUs is a good one.

    Lou
     
  4. austinpike macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2008
    Location:
    MN
    #4
    ^^^ thanks for the clarification. (As unclear as it may be...)
    So a 2x W5590 @3.33 config would also work? (Though those are only 4-core...)

    If you are going to the trouble just get the 3.46 x5690s and be done with it. :)
     
  5. mmendoza27 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2007
    #5
    Maybe, I'm definitely going to buy delidded CPUs for sure. I thought ~$500 was the sweet spot and saw the X5690s for $699. I technically could, but I'm wondering if 3.6 turbo boost compared to 3.73 is a big difference. Both are already a large different to my 2.26. That's the one thing I regret, is getting such a low clock speed (compared to the 2.93 which I think was the max at the time). But when were talking 0.13 Ghz, I think I'll be okay.
     
  6. flowrider macrumors 601

    flowrider

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2012
    #6
    Sorry, if it's unclear to you. I tried to spell it out as clearly as I could. And Yes, W5590s should work very well in a 4,1 without a firmware update.

    I've updated the CPUs in my 5,1 cMP twice. The first update was to W5590s, which I ran for about a year. I then went with X5677s. They're a bit faster and run a bit cooler. I have decided, for what I do, 12 cores would be overkill for me. So my X5677s give me 8 cores running @ 3.46 GHz.

    Lou
     

Share This Page