2 Replies Latest reply: Sep 5, 2009 6:15 AM by Craig Kaplan
Craig Kaplan Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)
I have always been told that there are no CPU Upgrades available for any of the Power Mac G5 machines.

Earlier today, I was in the Apple Store in Altamonte Springs, Florida. The young gentleman who was helping us told me that it was possible to upgrade to a faster processor. He continued by saying that it was even possible to upgrade a single CPU machine to a dual CPU machine.

This goes against everything I have ever been told. Does anyone know the real story on this?

G5 Tower (1.8GHz single CPU "Late 2004"), Mac OS X (10.4.11), 3.0 GB RAM, Pioneer DVR-112D, 2 TB Storage
  • Kenichi Watanabe Level 7 Level 7 (30,460 points)
    The "young gentleman" is mistaken. It may be possible to swap the entire motherboard and heat sink assemble between same generation Power Mac G5 machines; that's about it and not cost effective. There are no third-party CPU upgrade products, like with G4 Power Macs. The main reason is placement of the CPU on the motherboard directly. The G4 Power Macs have the CPU on a daughter card, so it can be swapped out without the need to replace the entire motherboard.
  • Craig Kaplan Level 2 Level 2 (280 points)
    Obviously, this guy has no business working at an Apple store. Thanks for the replies.