“A teardown of the new Mac Pro by upgrade experts Other World Computing will give cause for much celebration among DIY technophiles (who are, ironically, unlikely to be customers of the new workstation) — the retailer says both the RAM and, more surprisingly, the central CPU unit of the Mac Pro are removable, paving the way to future upgrades,” Electronista reports. “It’s also possible that the proprietary connector used for the PCIe-based storage may be upgradable as well.”
“The socketed CPU comes as a surprise, enabling some users to be able to upgrade the chip if and when Intel makes a compatible (and affordable) future processor. Presuming that happens, it could lengthen the expected lifespan of the Mac Pro considerably for users willing to risk the upgrade,” Electronista reports. “While a future CPU unit could be perfectly compatible, other factors designed for the original chip may limit or prohibit effective upgrades. Currently, the CPU used by the new Mac Pro, the Intel Xeon E5-1620 v2, sells by itself for around $2,750.”
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