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Another DIY 2009 Mac Pro Dual 6-Core CPU Upgrade (and more):
Another report added to page of 2009 Mac Pro 12-core CPU Upgrades using Dual Xeon Westmere CPUs. (Unofficial MacPro 5,1 bootrom installed for 6-core CPU support.) Ben's upgrades include two 3.46 GHz Xeon X5690 CPUs, PCIe SSD card (dual 1TB SSDs), PCIe USB 3.0 and 6Gbit SATA 4 port card. (Some earlier reports include DIY tips and links to Mac Pro CPU upgrade how-to video.)
SoftRAID 5.6 Update (release notes)
Info from the SoftRAID 5.6 Press Release.
  • SoftRAID Easy Setup is a new helper application which guides less technical users through the process of creating SoftRAID volumes. SoftRAID Easy Setup automates the process of configuring disks, making recommendations to help users set up their SoftRAID system. All users have to do is decide what the RAID volume will be used for, and how much space to use (with hints from the application) and SoftRAID Easy Setup does the rest.

  • SoftRAID 5.6 incorporates a new SMART over USB proprietary driver, which extends SoftRAID's disk checking and monitoring to most USB and FireWire enclosures. SMART over USB checks disk health for most USB 3/3.1, and many USB 2 and FireWire 400/800 connected drives, and can predict future failure by identifying symptoms that correlate to a disk's imminent demise.

  • SoftRAID 5.6 is now translated to Simplified Chinese. SoftRAID now supports 6 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese and Simplified Chinese.

  • SoftRAID 5.6 fully supports Thunderbolt 3 devices with sustained throughput of over 2.5GB/s on a single Thunderbolt 3 bus. With SoftRAID you can even use 2 ThunderBolt 3 buses at the same time and create a volume which can read and write at over 4 GB/sec.

  • Email Notification has been updated to support recent security enhancements in smtp servers. Additionally, SoftRAID 5.6 includes support for almost all third party email servers.

  • Quick Start Guides have been updated for both SoftRAID and SoftRAID Lite to include an entire section on using SoftRAID Easy Setup. Quick Start Guides are localized to all six languages supported by SoftRAID: English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish and Chinese.

  • SoftRAID 5.6 features improved failover handling in the event of Mirror (RAID 0), RAID 4, RAID 5, and RAID 1+0 disk failure scenarios.

  • SoftRAID 5.6 extends disk certification to all 4Kn (4 KB sector) drives

  • SoftRAID 5.6 includes numerous bug fixes, details are in the release notes (PDF).
Latest version downloads (and trials) are at this SoftRAID page.
Apple/products related News, Tips, Updates, PR:
(Nvidia CUDA & Graphics driver updates for 10.12.5, 10.11.6, 10.10.5 in previous news archive.)
(May 17th-26th) Apple Support/How-To/Troubleshooting Article Updates:

Page of How-To, Troubleshooting & Tips for Mac/OS X/iOS Users from Airplay to Thunderbolt.

Other News, Software Updates, PR:
The Audio/HT page has info on OPPO 203/205 UHD Player firmware and iOS app updates.

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Recent Updates, Tips, DIY Upgrades and Repairs:
List of Updates, DIY Upgrades, Repair Articles, Tips and more you may have missed. (Topics range from OS/software updates and troubleshooting, to hardware upgrades and repairs.)

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Large selection of upgradeable Refurbished Mac Pro towers

Previous News Archive Summary:
    May 16th to 19th, 2017 News Archive
  • About Carbon Copy Cloner 4.1.15 Update:
  • Download Nvidia Graphics Driver Updates for OS X 10.11.6 and 10.10.5
  • Download Nvidia CUDA 8.0.83 Update (supports new driver for macOS 10.12.5)
  • Download Nvidia Graphics Driver Update 378.05.05.15f01 for macOS Sierra 10.12.5
  • Apple Plans Laptop Upgrades to Take on Microsoft
  • How to Boot and Use a Mac in Target Disk Mode
  • Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac 15.34.0 Update
  • Alien: Isolation™ for Mac, Hints and Tips
  • New Beyond WWDC Events Added (apple news)
  • Firefox 53.0.3 release notes
  • Firefox ESR 52.1.2 release notes
  • Firefox for iOS v7.5 (iOS 9 or later)
  • June 15 changes for iCloud access via 3rd party apps

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