4262 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Sep 14, 2009 3:55 PM by noice_T
The fact that the system can be ordered from the factory with different processors does not mean that the Mac Pro can be upgraded after sale. Apple has never sold processor upgrades for any Mac Pro. It might be technically possible if you could get the parts (I don't know if there's any difference in the logic boards between the models), but even if you could, based on current prices it would quite possibly cost you more than it would to sell your current Mac Pro and buy a new one.
Yes it can be and is done, but not cheap. You can buy Intel Xeon 5570-80s. A lot easier with the single socket of course, but not impossible.
If there is a good enough market for your originals that will off-set the costs.
There is some examples of swapping out for 3.3GHz parts:
Yeah, because of the fact that the single quads are so easy to upgrade, it kind of brings them into a "new light" for me. A lot more desirable now, i guess. Also with them being a lot more affordable than the Octos.
People have upgraded the 09 Octos, but the problem was not finding the right cpu, but rather installing a cpu w/out any heat spreader, and the problems that could arise. See the anandtech link:
Threads of people upgrading the quad: