Future proof? Apple’s new Mac Pro has socketed Intel CPU

Tom Hesser reports for O’Grady’s PowerPage that a teardown of Apple’s all-new Mac Pro by Other World Computing has discovered an interesting feature that Apple failed to mention, as reported by AppleInsider, “A closer look at the parts inside Apple’s late 2013 Mac Pro were offered in teardown photos… [that] show that the Intel Xeon processor found inside the Mac Pro is socketed and can be removed from the system, should a user choose to do so.”

“It should be noted that this doesn’t ensure that Apple has any plans to offer processor upgrades, or that the hardware is capable of handling newer and faster processors, but we can always hold out hope. In fact, this really isn’t anything new. Many past tower models from Apple have had removable processors, but this was for repair purposes,” Hesser reports. “I’ve worked on more than a few Macs that blew their processor for some reason and had to have them replaced, but you’d have to go through Apple to get the replacement. Trying to put a different processor in those models typically resulted in a very unstable machine. I’m sure we’ll here more about this as people start to tinker with the hardware.”

Read more in the full article here.

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Teardown of new Mac Pro reveals upgradeable CPU and RAM – December 28, 2013


  1. Future-proof, right. When has there ever been a next-gen processor to fit in an older Mac? (Since the DayStar days?) In fact, I’ve been hunting for a Xeon w3680 for my 2009 forever and it’s impossible to find one that doesn’t cost more today than I paid for the machine then. Yep, I’m still hunting, y’know? A 3690 would also be nice. I’d even be willing to use the 3.2 3670, just sayin’.

  2. The high resale value of Macs makes it worthwhile to trade in an old model when upgrading to a newer one. On the other hand, if you upgrade a Mac’s internal components and then try and sell it, the chances are that your non-standard Mac will have a lower resale value and will be hard to sell.

    For most users, tinkering with a Mac does not make sense.

  3. Looks like MDN forgot their own rule:

    A question mark in an article’s subject line means that the answer is “NO”.

    The reason why the nMP’s motherboard has a CPU socket is because of Tim Cook’s manufacturing logistics.

    The socket allows the same motherboard to be used for multiple CPU configurations … saves money.

    Also, the CPU is expensive but the motherboard is cheap, so they can inventory the two independently … saves money.


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