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processor and ram upgrade advice

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Steven Shmerler Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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Mar 1, 2013 1:10 PM

I have a Mac Pro Mid 2012 - 3.2 GHz Quad-Core - MacPro5,1 -  With 6 GB OEM Apple RAM configured: 3 modules of 2 GB sticks in slots 1, 2, 3 with slot 4 empty.


I was thinking of upgrading, if possible, the to the 3.3 GHz Six-Core processor and up to 8 GB RAM.


1. Can I upgrade to the faster processor, or did that have to be done at time of production?


2. For the RAM, do I need to match pairs, and thus trash the module in slot 3, and buy two -2 GB modules for slots 3 and 4 and leave the original 2 GB modules in slots 1 and 2 as is.


Or do I need to match all modules and thus get rid of all my RAM and buy either two - 4GB modules for slots 1 and 2, or four  - 2 GB modules with one in each of the 4 slots.




Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4), 30" Display, 22" Cinema Display
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (220,950 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 1:16 PM (in response to Steven Shmerler)

    The CPUs are replaceable, so you could replace them as long as you were careful to buy a compatible CPU version that fits the same type of socket. Searching Google should prove a lot of help. I've never done this in your model, but I have replace the ones in my older Mac Pro.


    I'm pretty sure the optimal memory configuration is matched pairs, but wouldn't swear to it.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 1:20 PM (in response to Steven Shmerler)

    Get 3x8GB anyone using anything that would lead to buying a workstation doesn't mess with less than 12GB RAM is my thinking.


    But you don't say what you do or hope to achieve.


    W3680 $620 6-core or W3690 are both easy to drop in.




  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Mar 1, 2013 3:15 PM (in response to Steven Shmerler)

    then my advice: SSD for system, 1-2TB drives for data, backup etc


    the 6 core 3, 33 w/ 16-24GB RAM is popularly known as the sweet spot

    isolate OS/apps from data

    clean OS if you didn't

    cpu MHz still matter and geekbench gives agood impression

    cs6 can easily use 24GB if you can and let it, and use dedicated scratch drives


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