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Low-Cost 2009 Mac Pro Quad-Core 3.2GHz CPU Upgrade
(from a recent reader mail)
"(2009) MacPro 4,1 Quad-Core 2.66GHz to 3.2GHz Processor Upgrade
Attached zip contains screen prints before and after, successful processor upgrade.
MacPro 2009 4,1 SP Xeon 2.66GHz (W3520) -> Xeon (W3565) 3.2GHz
Bought CPU "used" off of ebay for appx $100. 15 minutes of labor = a little extra "zip"
(Scores taken from screenshots sent. Running OS X 10.9.3 (beta), 16GB ram)
    CineBench R15 CPU scores:
  • 2.66GHz: 420
  • 3:20GHz: 517

  • 2.66GHz: 2113 (single core), 8206 (multi-core)
  • 3:20GHz: 2349 (single core), 9514 (multi-core)


Thanks Lawrence. (Here's a previous article on 2009 Mac Pro (4-core) 2.66GHz to 3.2GHz CPU Upgrade w/Benchmarks. The Macs/mods page has other older Mac Pro low-cost CPU Upgrades (often used/pulls), most from 2008 or earlier Mac Pros. Some Xserves also.)

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    Friday April 18, 2014 News
  • Follow-Up on Radeon R9 280x in a 2009 Mac Pro in Apple's Mac Pro forum
  • Four more Tips for OS X Mavericks (iTunes, Safari, storage, Finder)
  • Review of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Expansion pack
  • VLC for iOS v2.3
  • Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles:
    - iOS: Understanding captive Wi-Fi networks
    - Redeeming an iTunes Digital Copy
    - Calendar and reminder data removed when disabling iCloud Calendar

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