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Processor upgrade?

254 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 26, 2013 12:59 PM by Grant Bennet-Alder RSS
Sean Kirkland Calculating status...
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Sep 26, 2013 8:02 AM


I recently upgraded my system's RAM from 8GB to 16GB (bought from OWC).

I still would like more speed, in terms of processing power (for importing, rendering, exporting/sharing, etc.). What is the best I can get? Currenly, this is what I have (see attachment below) on my system. Any advice on processors and/or graphics cards to upgrade what I have is much appreciated. Thank you!


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Mac Pro (Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Studio K Level 2 Level 2 (305 points)
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    Sep 26, 2013 8:52 AM (in response to Sean Kirkland)

    For CPU, there is the 6-core W3680 which Apple uses in the 3.33GHz Mac Pros.  These cost $600 and can be installed easily.

    There is also a W3690 at 3.46GHz speed.



    For graphics:  There is Apple Radeon 5870, but that is getting old and costs a lot. 

    If you update your OS X from 10.7.5 to 10.8.5, then you can use lots of PC cards.  nVidia GTX 660, 670, 680, Titan, etc. 

    And there are 'Mac Edition'  cards available now, as well.  GTX 680 is one of them.

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Sep 26, 2013 12:13 PM (in response to Sean Kirkland)

    I would have gone with 3 x 8GB / 240GB system SSD Samsung 84O EVO


    The 6-core W3680 is 'sweet spot' for all last 3 yrs.


    Whether Mac EVGA GTX 680 makes sense or not, would be last item.


    Ask in six months, and probably not invest in your current system and move to 2013 (or "Early 2014" if Thunderbolt 2 gets delayed) MacPro 6,1.


    But if $600 and probably some storage and SSD can hold you for another year or more... but what are you seeing that is a bottleneck or sluggish and what do you want to see that changed to after the upgrade(s)?

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Sep 26, 2013 12:59 PM (in response to Sean Kirkland)

    Are you, in fact, compute-bound?


    Many Mac Pro users find that the real bottleneck in not processing power but the artificial bottleneck of having absolutely everything on one single drive. That is why creating a Boot Drive gives these machines such a performance increase. If the boot drive is a low latency SSD, so much the better.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers


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