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Author Topic: Mac Pro 4,1 to 5,1 AND processor upgrade....?  (Read 1447 times)
alan1s
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« on: November 25, 2016, 05:57:22 AM »

Hi,
Would really appreciate any advice anyone can give me to help upgrade my Mac Pro 4,1 (2.66 Quad Core intel xenon, 2009, w/ 32G RAM).

I already did the firmware upgrade to 5,1 (thanks to the posts here!)

My questions are:
1. Whats the best processor to install to speed things up? I've seen people use 3690, 3680 and 5680 and I don't know exactly how they differ? The primary use for the computer is heavy photo editing in Lightroom / Photoshop and some video editing in Adobe Premiere.

2. Will my 32G RAM work with a new processor, or do I have to get ram running 1333? I currently have 32GB 1066 Mhz DDR3 Ecc (according to "About this Mac")

Thanks for your help!
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lowrider
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2016, 05:00:09 PM »

All your questions have been answered Ad nauseam in this and other forums.  

Yes, all (W3680, W3690 & X5680) will work in a SP 4,1 & 5,1 cMP.  as will the X5690.  All are 6 core.  The 3 series are designed for SP operation and the 5 series for DP operation.  The 5 series how ever will work just fine in a single processor machine.  3 series CPUs should be less expensive.

1066MHz RAM will work just fine with the above processors but will clock down.  No problem.

Lou  
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alan1s
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« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2016, 05:30:47 PM »

OK, thanks Lou.
Appreciate the input.

Alan.
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BennyBoy
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2016, 07:30:49 PM »

A PCI card SSD is the best upgrade you could make.
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2016, 01:33:13 AM »

If you don't need >56G RAM, W3690 is the best.

If you need 64G RAM (or above), X5690 is the best.

W3680 and X5680 is a bit cheaper and almost the same performance in real world.

X5677 is the cheapest, fastest, coolest CPU upgrade option if you don't need more than 4 cores (8 threads).
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alan1s
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2016, 04:24:20 PM »

Thanks for the info.
As a follow up I did update the firmware on my Mac Pro (Late 2009 Model 4,1) to 5,1 allowing me to run the latest OS.
Then I upgraded the processor to the W3690 (off eBay), and installed a new graphics card (refurbished Evga GTX 960 4gb).
I already have a SSD and 32G RAM, so now everything is working great.
No boot screen when I start up because the graphics card is not flashed for a Mac, but I'm keeping the old one in case if ever need that function.
A little more life in the old machine for $300 so I'm pleased!
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