Good news, tinkerers: Mac Pro’s CPU is removable

By , Dec 27, 2013

Mac Pro (removable CPU, OWC 001)

Quick, what’s more painful than dropping anywhere between $3,000 to $20,000 on Apple’s juicy new Mac Pro? Being unable to perform a DIY upgrade of the computer’s main processor to a faster Intel chip down the road, of course! But worry not as a quick teardown has confirmed an upgradeable CPU so tinkerers and creative pros around the world can breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Other World Computing, a U.S. company which has been in the business of selling various after-market upgrades for Apple products since 1998, has tore apart the new Mac Pro to reveal a socketed Intel Xeon E5 chip, potentially allowing for future upgrades…

The removable CPU (OWC, via MacRumors) – you can see it pictured above – uses the LGA 2011 socket. What’s more, all four Intel CPUs available in the $2,999/$3,999 configurations or as built-to-order upgrades use the same LGA 2011 socket.

In theory, this should allow for third-party CPU upgrades for the machine. You can already save yourself a couple hundred bucks on Mac Pro RAM upgrades, courtesy of OWC, so expect DIY CPU upgrades from them soon.

Here’s another image of Mac Pro parts.

Mac Pro (teardown, OWC 001)

Looks like nearly everything is replaceable or expandable.

Built-to-order CPU upgrades for the new Mac Pro don’t come cheap.

Should you find Intel’s stock 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon E5 chip with 10MB of L3 cache lagging, prepare to drop anywhere between an additional $500 (3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 with 12MB of L3 cache) to as much as a whopping $3,500 (2.7GHz 12-core Intel Xeon E5 with 30MB of L3 cache) on CPU upgrades.

This has nothing to do with Apple – these are the latest workstation Intel chips so high prices are the norm.

Oh, and here’s a Mac Pro driving a total of six 27-inch displays.

Mac Pro (Thunderbolt Displays, OWC 001)

Crazy, huh?

Just to refresh your memory, despite its ridiculously small footprint (compared to the previous model), the new Mac Pro has dual-GPUs from AMD capable of driving three external displays simultaneously, each in 4K resolution.

What’s more, reviewers and critics around the world have found that the machine’s fast CPU coupled with dual-GPUs, speedy PCI Express flash storage and optimized Final Cut Pro X software makes 4K video editing a reality, along with real-time video effects on 4K content without as much as dropping a frame.

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  • Jimothy

    Anyone who is feeling generous could buy one for me. C(:

  • patrick

    My wallet still doesn’t aprove

    • santosh

      same hear

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      Build a Hackingtosh. Way cheaper. Upgrade it forever..

      • trumpet444

        Same here. I’d like a Mac Pro just because its a Mac Pro but I have no real reason to get one. I built my own a year ago for $1.6k and its a beast in its own right

  • Gróf Attila

    looks amazing, sounds amazing….I am pretty sure i will never have the luck to ever use one:(

  • Gróf Attila

    looks amazing, sounds amazing….pretty sure that I will never have a chance to own one:( soooo pricey

    • Lordrootman

      What if I buy one for as a gift

      • Justin

        Please.

  • Dante Arellano

    i dont understand at all you guys asking for more power for the new mac pro there are not another powerful machine like this one or there int? might samsung what stupidity be real men

    • Randi James Dale Lee

      this computer will be obsolete in less than 3 years. if you spend so much money on it, wouldn’t you prefer to upgrade individual components as needed, or just throw it out and spend another 8k on a new mac in 3 years?

    • trumpet444

      Wow. Its a little hard to understand exactly what you said/meant without punctuation.

  • @sexyhamthing

    nope. not going near this f*cker

  • Gibboni Hector

    don’t they have them in like the apple stores that you can try out