Will I be able to upgrade mid-2010 12-core Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Knollwood7E, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. Knollwood7E macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2011
    My question: is there any solid information to suggest that the current Mac Pro Westmere 12-core configuration will be upgradeable when the next generation of Mac Pros are delivered (late 2011 or early-mid 2012?)? Or is it a dead-end as far as using it as the foundation for staying in step with Apple Mac Pro?
  2. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    The next Mac Pros will use a different processor socket ruling out upgrades in that area.
  3. philipma1957, Jun 7, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2011

    philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    your 12 core 2010 has a pair of x5650 2.66GHz hex cores or a pair of x5670 2.93GHz hex cores


    you can use any of these with the x5690 the top of the line.

    now if you have the dual hex 2.93's moving to dual hex 3.46's is a max of 20percent cpu speed improvement cost a lot to do it. if you have the dual hex 2.66's you improvement is a max of 30 percent cpu speed. also cost quite a bit to do.

    since no is quite sure that the sandy bridge mac pros will be dual octs vs dual hex. it will be hard to say what you best upgrade path will be. the 2009 to the 2010 stayed the same once an efi hack was developed. putting a hex single cpu in a 2009 became possible. but the socket was the same.
  4. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Apple is secret. There is no solid information of any kind.

    However, it is almost certain that the mid-2010 Mac Pro is last of its kind. Next model is likely new architecture.

    I think even the case is likely to change, so I doubt you could even upgrade a 2010 to Sandy Bridge by buying a whole new logic board.
  5. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    The LGA1366 was only intended to run for 2 years. So you will not be able to use the Sandy Bridge based Xeons that are due out (what the MP will be using in it's next revision).

    Now you'll still be able to change out CPU's for faster parts (fastest Apple selected was 2.93 GHz, and Intel offers up to 3.46GHz), but you'd still be using parts from the existing family (56xx series Xeons, which philipma1957 linked for you).

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