New Mac Pro to Have Removable CPU, Teardown Reveals


The all-new Mac Pro hit the shelves just recently, and professionals have already begun lining up (virtually) to acquire Apple’s latest desktop computer. The first units have made their way to reviewers, and the first couple of reviews are in, but we expect other details on the Mac Pro to surface in the near future.

Meanwhile, (future) new Mac Pro owners will be pleased to know that Other World Computing has quickly torn apart Apple’s latest redesigned desktop computer and found that the processor powering the machine is socketed and removable. This means that the computer allows for future upgrades.

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MacRumors has quickly run through the prices of the available upgrades, and here is what Eric Slivka found (the prices are relative to the stock 3.7GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 with 10MB of L3 cache):

– 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 with 12MB of L3 cache: +$500
– 3.0GHz 8-core Intel Xeon E5 with 25MB of L3 cache: +$2000
– 2.7GHz 12-core Intel Xeon E5 with 30MB of L3 cache: +$3500

Using socketed processors is great news for professionals. In other desktop or portable systems, Apple had chosen to “lock” users into their purchased configuration, even with the professional MacBook Pro lineup.

Alongside the CPU, the RAM of the new system also appears to be upgradable, the OCM teardown reveals. But that’s about it.

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  • Stewart

    Apple blew it on this mac “pro”. I for one just cannot purchase this unit until they work with pro level graphics cards and drivers like the Nvidia Quadra cards. Until then almost all highend graphic programs will be a joke on this so called “pro” system. This thing is prosumer at best. Mr Ivey got it all wrong when it came to size to, workstation size was never an issue for us pro users, expandability is what we really needed.

    It looks cool, but that’s about it. Apple blew it.

  • AppleUser

    Uh oh! PC user in the house!

  • Stefan Vasiljevic

    I agree. The size is cool but that is about it. But is that really that important so that performance is sacrificed? It is not like you are going to move it around every day, and we already have dedicated space in our workspace for the tower anyway. I would call this think Mac Pro Air or something, but it defenetly is not a Mac Pro as it should be.

  • Stewart

    Beware our/ your comments are being censored on this site. My second reply was deleted. Probably by a Mac devote disappointed that were all not blind believers.