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My MacPro 3.33GHz Hexacore on Its Way (Shipped)

Updated now to say 4 days later

This morning I received notice that my 2010 Mac Pro 3.33 GHz hexacore “Westmere” has shipped, or will do so today.

FedEx tracking info suggested that it would arrive this Friday, August 20, but this information has now been updated to state August 24. Bummer.

It will take me 1-2 days to have solid test information, and somewhat longer for full coverage.

I will of course immediately test the compatibility of 8GB modules, as this will resolve a key question about maximum installed memory.

What I ordered

Shown below is the machine I ordered, and the configuration I recommend for upgrading to the MPG Pro Workstation—no extras, just the basics (except for video card).

I am NOT necessarily recommending the Radeon 5870 over the Radeon 5770, but I ordered one for testing purposes. I will probably revert to the 5770, or oven the old NVidia GT120, simply for power consumption reasons (and noise). I have no desire to burn 100-300 more watts for no speed gain (I’ll test the actual power consumption).


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