Mac Pro upgraded with 2 Intel Xeon x5355 processors
After months and months of searching on Ebay and Gumtree I finally bagged the two x5355 processors at a reasonable price! But even when I received them it wasn’t just a case of inserting it in.
I didn’t have thermal paste, acetone and a very long screwdriver to reach down the heatsinks to unscrew the CPU.
I also had a massive issue trying to get the memory cage off; the screws that hold them in place strip very very easily. In a matter of minutes I manged to completely render them useless. In the end, I read an article where they had a similar problem so they just used a bit of brute force to remove the heatsink cover, the front fan assembly and a memory cage slot holder.
I am very happy with the results. I have put new life into a 4 year old Mac Pro. I didn’t have the finance to upgrade to a 2009 Mac Pro but I have no regrets, it is far more rewarding knowing that I upgraded it myself.
My one advise is to don’t bother trying to unscrew the front screws on the memory cage, just unsrew the back ones so you can lever it out to pull out the plastic heatsink cover. From there on it’s easy peesy, so long as you have the right tools.
GEEKBENCH RESULTS: 52% speed increase
MAC PRO 1,1 QUAD CORE – 4952
MAC PRO 1,1 EIGHT CORE – 9436
Please leave comments below. I’d like to hear your experiences in your upgrade.
** UPDATE 28TH SEPT 2010 **
It has been some while now using my upgrade Mac Pro and I can honestly say it was the best decision I made regarding this superb desktop. I’ve since the upgraded the hard drives so that I have three 1TB hard drives running as a striped RAID 0 for increased speed. I have a forth 1TB drive just acting as a booter.
There was one thing I noticed during a few hot weeks of summer here in the UK, the processors did get quite hot which resulted in a few minor graphic glitches on my Dell 30″ monitor. This was easily solved by increasing the fan speed using the excellent utility called smcFanControl. Other than that it has run smoothly. I’ve recently been editing full HD resolution video from a Canon 5D MK2 . Using Apple’s Final Cut Pro 7 the Mac Pro has had no problems chewing out the renders using all 8 cores. Processing and manipulating full HD video can really strain a computer but I’m pleased to say my x5355 upgrade has made all that scary installation worth it!
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