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|Low-Cost ($60) 2006 Mac Pro Dual Xeon Quad-Core CPU Upgrade:|
(From a reader mail. I assume CPUs were bought used on ebay like a recent under $50 8-core 2006 Xserve upgrade.)
"(Early Mac Pro Cheap 8-Core Upgrade)
I'm kind of late to the game, but I upgraded my Mac Pro 1,1 (2006) 4-core 2.66GHz (two dual-cores) to 8-core with 2 Xeon X5355's at 2.66GHz and I doubled my track count in Logic Pro, pretty cool for $60! (Ref: Intel X5355 CPU info.) I left it at 1,1 (EFI firmware/bootrom), it "gray screened" once at first, but it seems fine now.
I'm staying at OS X 10.6.8 because audio apps just work better there and I have older software that won't be upgraded that I still want to use. (I understand completely - Snow Leopard was the last w/Rosetta support. Although some software requires later OS versions.) Lots of new audio/recording apps still work fine with 10.6.8, they seem to recognize the problems with 10.7 and 10.8.
When the price goes down, I may put 3GHz Quads in there now that I see how well the 2.66 quads work, and get another boost. It was a little weird but not super hard putting them in.
Previous reports on the Mac mods/upgrades page, some like 2006 Mac Pro Clovertown (Quad core) CPU Swaps Revisited include links to cpu swap guides/video. (And an Aug 1st 2012 archive has a report on 2006 Mac Pro Mountain Lion Install.)
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Tuesday July 9th, 2013 News Archive
- Apple 1 Sells for $387,750 at Christie's Auction
- Problems with Thermaltake 5G USB 3.0 Cased Drives (apple forum thread)
- Civilization V: Brave New World Expansion Pack Now Available
- Pandora Radio App v4.4 Update (iOS) w/Auto-Pause, 'Stutter-Free' Playback
- Apple, Amazon end 'app store' lawsuit
- The Joys of 802.11ac WiFi
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- iTunes Store: Closed captioning
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