W5590 in 2009 single processor mac pro?

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  1. i-rui macrumors member

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    Just wondering if there would be a problem running a W5590 in the single processor tray model (quad core) of the 2009 mac pro.

    I know the W5590 is meant for dual processors, but would there be a problem running it as a single processor? I don't think there should be, but i just wanted to confirm before trying it...
     
  2. DPUser, Nov 6, 2013
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    I haven't tried it, but believe it would most certainly work. On the other hand, you could sell it, buy a W3690 and pocket some cash...
    My bad... I read 5690, not 5590.
     
  3. i-rui thread starter macrumors member

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    from what i've seen w3690's are selling for much more. Understandable since they're 6-core.

    even the 4-core w3590s seem to be selling for at or more than the w5590s...

    hence my question. i also don't see why a w5590 wouldn't work, but i'd feel more at ease if i could get confirmation there wouldn't be a problem.
     
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    The 5590s support up to two QPI links where the 3690s and any W35xx or W36xx are made for single socket boards. I know W3xxx won't work in dual socket motherboards, but I'm not sure of the reverse. Are 5590s cheaper than 3680s? A 3680 should be less than $600.
     
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    3680's are selling for about $573 right now on Provantage website:

    http://www.provantage.com/intel-bx80613w3680~7ITEP374.htm
     
  7. Rorqual macrumors newbie

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    No problem at all: that's what I'm using in my quad 2009 Mac Pro, while I wait for the 6-core's price to come down.
    [​IMG]
     
  8. i-rui thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for the confirmation!
     
  9. DPUser macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry for my earlier mis-statement... was thinking of the 5690. :eek:
     
  10. azentropy, Nov 10, 2013
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    The 6-core x5650's are down to <$250 a piece now and might be a nice option too even in a single CPU system.
     
  11. i-rui thread starter macrumors member

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    any links to that price?
     
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    While single socket CPUs will not work on dual socket boards due to the lack of QPI, to my knowledge, there should be no problem with the inverse.
     
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    Nice find on BULK new ones, didn't even think they would be available anymore and certainly not at those prices. My prices were for used off reputable resellers off eBay. I just pulled the trigger on 2 x5660's that came to $365 total. Will hopefully be installing this upcoming weekend.
     

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