Want 6 cores at 3.46 GHz in a Mac Pro? Get a refurbished 4-core 2.8GHz Mac Pro, then upgrade the CPU at OWC to a 6-core 3.46GHz workhorse. This option actually costs slightly less than a new 3.33GHz Mac Pro from Apple.
Need 12 cores at 3.46 GHz in a Mac Pro? Get a refurbished 8-core 2.4GHz Mac Pro, then upgrade the CPU at OWC to a 12-core 3.46GHz workhorse. This option wil cost you, but if you need the fastest possible Mac for video or similar tasks, that’s the way to go.
Either way, upgrading to an MPG Pro Workstation setup is a smart move.
Both 2009 and 2010 models can be upgraded, though 2009 models are limited to 8 CPU cores.
|2.8GHz 4-core||12-core up to 3.46 GHz
8-core up to 2.66 GHz
4/6core up to 3.46 GHz
|Most cost effective way to upgrade.|
|3.2GHz 4-core||same options as above||Better to upgrade the 2.8GHz model for lower cost|
|2.4Ghz 8-core||12-core up to 3.46GHz||Reasonable total cost.|
|3.33Ghz 6-core||12-core up to 3.46GHz||Not cost efficient, but can be done.|
|12-core||12-core up to 3.46 GHz||Not cost efficient, but can be done.|