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OWC Debuts First Intel Xeon Processor Upgrades for 2013 Mac Pro

PR_2013MacPro_128GB_Intel_XeonBack in January, OWC confirmed that the 2013 Mac Pro's processor was socketed and removable, theoretically allowing for future upgrades, which are now available by the company. As of today, OWC is allowing users to send in their Mac Pros for both processor and memory upgrades.

Processor upgrades, which start at $1,498 with the trade-in of the base Apple-supplied quad-core processor, include 8-core, 10-core, and 12-core models that are compliant with Apple's technical specifications and power requirements. OWC says that the upgrades are tested, qualified, and guaranteed to meet or exceed the processors available from Apple.

According to the company, the processors are up 46 percent faster than base factory processors available from Apple, and up to 31 percent more affordable.
OWC Turnkey Server Class Processor Upgrade options for Mac Pro 2013 models:

- Intel Xeon E5–2650 v2 8-Core 2.6GHz with 20MB Cache, 25% faster, $1498
- Intel Xeon E5–2667 v2 8-Core 3.3GHz with 25MB Cache, 41% faster, $2448
- Intel Xeon E5–2690 v2 10-Core 3.0GHz with 25MB Cache, 45% faster, $2396
- Intel Xeon E5–2697 v2 12-Core 2.7GHz with 30MB Cache, 46% faster, $2978
The company is also offering turnkey installations of its memory upgrades, which as previously announced, are available in 32, 64, 96, and 128 GB kits starting at $449.

OWC's Turnkey Upgrade Program, which is available for processor, memory, and storage upgrades, offers professional installation and testing by Apple Certified technicians, also including shipping both ways and rebates for existing hardware. More information on the program can be found on the Other World Computing upgrade website.

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17 weeks ago
Weren't people crying over no upgradability before?:confused::rolleyes:
Rating: 25 Votes
17 weeks ago

Whhhhhhyyyyyyyy?

I mean, I guess this is how the 1% live. The Mac Pro is a pretty new and expensive computer already, but you already have people willing to spend $1,500 minimum to upgrade the processors? I just... can't even...


Quite the opposite. This is how those that use their computer to make money spend their money. The opposite being the person that buys a Mac Pro base model just because it's fast, but uses it for email, web, and games.
Rating: 21 Votes
17 weeks ago

Weren't people crying over no upgradability before?:confused::rolleyes:


Expandability.
Rating: 15 Votes
17 weeks ago

Where is the ability of upgrade GPU? Where is ability to upgrade the motherboard? Where is the ability to upgrade SSD at affordable price? This is just not as upgradeable as my awesome gaming rig... PEROID.

The Mac Pro isn't a gaming rig, it's a workstation... just clearing that up...
Rating: 14 Votes
17 weeks ago

Where is the ability of upgrade GPU? Where is ability to upgrade the motherboard? Where is the ability to upgrade SSD at affordable price? This is just not as upgradeable as my awesome gaming rig... PEROID.

That's right. That's why it isn't called the New Mac Amateur.
Rating: 13 Votes
17 weeks ago
Apple should just sell the case with nothing and I'll go to this vendor to stock it up.
Rating: 10 Votes
17 weeks ago

Expandability.


I see. But you can still expand, just not internally.
Rating: 8 Votes
17 weeks ago

Wouldn't this be the first Apple sanctioned processor upgrade ever in the history of the Mac Pro?


It would be -- if it was sanctioned by Apple. But it's not.
Rating: 8 Votes
17 weeks ago

Name one other "workstation" which is less internally expandable...

My point wasn't regarding expandability... but there seems to be a movement of people saying "I can build a gaming rig for much less!" when in fact they are two different things entirely. Nobody cares about their gaming rigs. :)
Rating: 7 Votes
17 weeks ago

Where is the ability of upgrade GPU? Where is ability to upgrade the motherboard? Where is the ability to upgrade SSD at affordable price? This is just not as upgradeable as my awesome gaming rig... PEROID.


I hope this was sarcasm...because your gaming rig wouldn't have a chance to keep up with this without spending as much as the price of this in upgrades.

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Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2 8-Core 2.6GHz with 20MB Cache, 25% faster, $1498
New Egg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116931
$1,299.99 (Plus keep/sell the stock processor)

Intel Xeon E5-2690 v2 10-Core 3.0GHz with 25MB Cache, 45% faster, $2396
New Egg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116927
$2,149.99 (Plus keep/sell the stock processor)

Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 12-Core 2.7GHz with 30MB Cache, 46% faster, $2978
New Egg: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116925
$2,749.99 (Plus keep/sell the stock processor)

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Name one other "workstation" which is less internally expandable...


Name one as portable and that takes up such little space as well as remains as quiet, is as cost effective, and uses as little power.
Rating: 7 Votes

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