News Archive for Monday, February 18th, 2013

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Another Low-cost 2008 Mac Pro Dual 3.2GHz Quad-Core CPU Upgrade:
(late posting this)
"2008 Mac Pro (2x Quad-Core) CPU Upgrade
Following up from a story you did last year (2008 Mac Pro Dual 3.2GHz (X5482) Quad-Core CPU Upgrade, w/DIY links at page bottom), I did an identical CPU upgrade buying a pair of X5482 chips on Ebay for $250. (Used/Pulls I assume?) I got pretty much the same results. Current temps are: 70° F ambient, CPU A: heatsink: 93° F, CPU: 100° F; CPU B: heatsink: 93° F, CPU: 97° F. (Idle?)
The Cinebench benchmark shows a boost of about 14% which is right in line with the increase in clock speed.
Worth it to me.
-Dave"

If you haven't already, consider an SSD upgrade next. The difference vs standard hard drives is something you really notice. (But I suspect you already know that.)

I welcome other DIY Upgrade reports with your experience, value/bang for buck, pros/cons, any issues etc. (Other Mac Pro CPU Upgrade reports are on the Mac mods/upgrades page.)
  

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Previous Day's News Summary:
    Friday Feb. 15, 2013 News Archive
  • (Late 2012) Mac mini Review
  • Apple 11" Macbook Air: No compromise
  • Fission 2.1.2 (and change notes)
  • Review: Phoenix Mac Data Recovery
  • The Fall TV Lineup May Include Apple Dominating (iOS) Gaming
  • Microsoft losing $2.5B a year not releasing Office for iOS
  • iOS 6.1.2 may roll out next week to squash 6.1 bugs
  • Jonathan Ive gets gold Blue Peter badge (bbc)
  • Steve Jobs (Action Figure): The Review
  • Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles:
    - Mac mini (Late 2012) and iMac (Late 2012): About Fusion Drive
    - About the Low Battery Indicator
    - Mac notebooks: Determining battery cycle count
    - Calibrating your notebook's battery for best performance
    - Mac notebooks w/built-in batteries: How to service or replace the battery
    - Mac notebooks: Caps Lock modified to reduce accidental activation
    - Mac Basics: Set your preferences
    - Avoiding image persistence on Apple displays
    - MacBook Pro with Retina display: Do not use palm rest covers
    - MacBook Pro: Frequently asked questions about using a Retina display
    - MacBook Pro: About automatic graphics switching and OpenGL applications
    - iMac (Late 2012), Retina MacBook Pro: Menu bar may not appear on first login
    - iMac/MacBook Pro/Retina/Air/: About resolution settings in QT Player inspector

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