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Late 2013 Mac Pro Disassembled (Socketed CPU is Upgradeable)
Sponsor OWC posted Teardown photos of the 2013 Mac Pro that shows they're still using a socketed CPU. And they later confirmed the 2013 Mac Pro's CPU is Upgradeable by swapping in an 8-Core, 3.3GHz w/25MB cache processor. (See link for pix, notes and benchmarks.)
They later posted a table of 2013 Mac Pro CPU Upgrade Benchmarks with stock 3.5GHz/6-Core vs 3.7GHz/6-Core, 3.3GHz/8-Core and 3GHz/10-Core CPUs via DIY installs. There are separate Tables of CPUs/scores with 16GB RAM and 64GB RAM installed. On Jan. 14th, they posted Benchmarks with a 12-core 2013 Mac Pro. (They also have a List of compatible Xeon CPUs for 2013 Mac Pros.)

How-To Video on 2013 Mac Pro CPU Upgrade: (Jan. 2014)
OWC's 2013 Mac Pro upgrade videos has a Step-by-Step Video on 2013 Mac Pro CPU Upgrades. Video is available in 3 sizes. (An old tip for applying thermal paste was to use a sandwich baggie over your finger - keeps skin oils off the surfaces and your hands clean.)
(April 2014 Update: They now offer a Turnkey CPU Upgrade Service for Late 2013 Mac Pros.)

2013 Mac Pro Internal SSD Upgrades (1TB to 4TB) (updated Jan. 2016)
Sponsor OWC now offers Late 2013 Mac Pro SSD Upgrades of 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB. (Page noted these include a USB 3.0 External Case to reuse the original 2013 Mac Pro SSD/flash drive.)

2013 Mac Pro and USB 3.0 Hubs:
Not sure how many this affects (as there's been issues with some USB 3.0 hubs with other Macs), but a reader asked I post a FYI on an issue booting a new Mac Pro (Late 2013) if a USB 3.0 Hub was connected at powerup. His notes on tests with two USB 3.0 hubs are in this Apple forum thread on New Mac Pro (late 2013) USB 3.0 hub issue during boot. However later replies in that thread from other Late 2013 Mac Pro owners said they've not seen any issues with USB 3.0 hubs, including one owner using the same hub model.

Late 2013 Mac Pro related How-To/Troubleshooting/Upgrade Guides
(See later post above on 2013 Mac Pro take-apart/CPU upgrades.)

There's also a related article on Using 4K displays & UHD TVs with Late 2013 Mac Pro and Late 2013 MacBook Pro Retina models.

If you missed it yesterday, the Dec. 19th news has info/download for the EFI Firmware Update 2.0 for Late 2013 Mac Pros and an OS X 10.9.1 Updater for Late 2013 Mac Pros.

Apple/products related News/Reviews/Updates/Op-Ed/PR:
New/Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles:

Yesterday's long list of updated docs are in Thursday's Archive. Also many Pro Apps updates (FCP X, Motion, Logic Pro X, Mainstage, Compressor) and a VPN Update for OS X Server.

Recent Articles/Tips/Tweaks/Reviews:
Listing/links of updates, mod/upgrade articles, tips and reviews you may have missed. (Mavericks on 32bit EFI Mac Pro, Mac compatible 802.11ac wifi cards/adapters, OS X Updates/Tips/Problems, Low-Cost CPU Upgrades for early Mac Pros/Xserves and Minis, OS X SSD Trim Enablers, Internal Mini-PCIe Card Mods, Mac Mini SSD upgrades, DIY OS X Fusion drives and more.)

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Previous News Archive Summary:
    Thursday December 19th, 2013 News
  • Late 2013 Mac Pro EFI Firmware Update
  • VPN Update for Mavericks Server
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.1, Motion 5.1 Updates with Dual GPU Support in new Mac Pros
  • Apple Compressor 4.1
  • Apple MainStage 3.0.2
  • Apple Logic Pro X 10.0.5
  • Logic Remote 1.0.3 (compatible w/MainStage v3.0.2)
  • OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 Update for Late 2013 Mac Pro
  • 2013 Mac Pro: Can We Build it Better and Cheaper DIY Style?
  • (iOS) Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 1.1 Update
  • New/Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Articles:
    - About the VPN Update for OS X Server (to fix Client connections using L2TP)
    - Final Cut Pro X: Version 10.1 release notes
    - Final Cut Pro X 10.1: Troubleshooting basics
    - Final Cut Pro X: Frequently Asked Questions
    - Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4: Graphics card compatibility
    - Final Cut Pro X 10.1: Mac computers capable of viewing 4K resolution via HDMI
    - Final Cut Pro X 10.1, Compressor 4.1: Adding a "Apple Devices 60fps" destination
    - Final Cut Pro X 10.1: Adding a destination to Share 4K to YouTube
    - Final Cut Pro X 10.1: How to back up important FCP X 10.0.x files before updating
    - Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4: User guides
    - Motion version 5.1 release notes and security fix
    - Compressor 4.1: Release notes
    - MainStage 3.0.2: Release notes
    - and Many more on Apple Pro Apps/Updates

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