2006 Mac Pro 1,1 Octocore Upgrade

Some time ago I acquired a first generation Mac Pro for my studio. Ever since these Macs were introduced I was intrigued by the fact that the processors were socketed much like the Macs of old, offering an upgrade path. This Mac originally was a Quad-Core Intel Xeon Woodcrest X515o 2.66GHz system. My plan was to upgrade it to a Octo-Core system using either a pair of Intel Xeon Clovertown X5355  2.66GHz  or X5365 3.0GHz Quad-Core processors. This swap is widely detailed on sites such as Hardmac, Anandtech, and Accelerate Your Macintosh.

I found a pair of X5355's for a decent price on eBay. At the time, X5365's were just too expensive... one auction ended with the pair going for just north of $1000! Their price has dropped significantly since then, I may now get a pair(always striving to achieve the highest possible performance)... :-)


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