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Low-Cost ($60) 2006 Mac Pro Dual Xeon Quad-Core CPU Upgrade:
(From a reader mail. I assume CPUs were bought used on ebay like a recent under $50 8-core 2006 Xserve upgrade.)

"(Early Mac Pro Cheap 8-Core Upgrade)
I'm kind of late to the game, but I upgraded my Mac Pro 1,1 (2006) 4-core 2.66GHz (two dual-cores) to 8-core with 2 Xeon X5355's at 2.66GHz and I doubled my track count in Logic Pro, pretty cool for $60! (Ref: Intel X5355 CPU info.) I left it at 1,1 (EFI firmware/bootrom), it "gray screened" once at first, but it seems fine now.

  I'm staying at OS X 10.6.8 because audio apps just work better there and I have older software that won't be upgraded that I still want to use. (I understand completely - Snow Leopard was the last w/Rosetta support. Although some software requires later OS versions.) Lots of new audio/recording apps still work fine with 10.6.8, they seem to recognize the problems with 10.7 and 10.8.

When the price goes down, I may put 3GHz Quads in there now that I see how well the 2.66 quads work, and get another boost. It was a little weird but not super hard putting them in.
-Robert H."

Previous reports on the Mac mods/upgrades page, some like 2006 Mac Pro Clovertown (Quad core) CPU Swaps Revisited include links to cpu swap guides/video. (And an Aug 1st 2012 archive has a report on 2006 Mac Pro Mountain Lion Install.)


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Previous Day's News Summary:
    Tuesday July 9th, 2013 News Archive
  • Apple 1 Sells for $387,750 at Christie's Auction
  • Problems with Thermaltake 5G USB 3.0 Cased Drives (apple forum thread)
  • Civilization V: Brave New World Expansion Pack Now Available
  • Pandora Radio App v4.4 Update (iOS) w/Auto-Pause, 'Stutter-Free' Playback
  • Apple, Amazon end 'app store' lawsuit
  • iOS 7 Beta 3: What's the Big Deal?
  • Updated Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Docs: - iTunes Store: Closed captioning
  • Other News/Reviews/Updates/Tech/OT:
    - The Joys of 802.11ac WiFi
    - Patch Tuesday: Adobe, Microsoft Release Critical Updates
    - Feds Mistakenly Destroy $170K Worth of IT Equipment (costing taxpayers $2.7M)
    - Newer Tech Earns Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval
    - Rockstar Teases Grand Theft Auto V With 5-Minute Gameplay Trailer
    - Dropbox aims to replace the hard drive altogether
    - Innoio (Tiny) Smart Beam Pico Projector Tests
    - Review: Dead Man Down (Blu-ray)
    - CinemaNow to Stream DTS

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