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    Mac Pro 5,1 Upgrades
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    Mac Pro 5,1 Upgrades
    hi guys I have the above Mac Pro


    it used to be a 4,1 but a firmware upgrade and it became a 5,1


    now then would you guys upgrade anything on it ?

    spec is as follows


    Mac Pro (Early 2009)
    OSX 10.14.5
    2x 2.8GHZ X5660 6 Core CPU 12 Cores total 24 threads
    128GB DDR3 Ram
    Radeon RX 570 4GB
    512GB NVME
    PCIE USB 3.0
    2 TB HDD x4

    thanks for any advice
    Mac Pro 5,1
    128GB Ram
    Mac OSX 10.14.5
    512GB NVME 2TB x4

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    Mac Pro 5,1 Upgrades
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    Seriously, looks like you have it maxed out. I have a 2009/2010 MP and the only thing I can see different that I have upgraded and I don't see listed is bluetooth. I upgraded mine so I could have airdrop which has proven to be invaluable when moving pictures from my iphone to my MP.

    Unfortunately, our silver warriors are facing extinction. This next OS X version (Catalina) will take some fancy tap dancing if you want to use it. And even holding onto what currently works without changing OS X code means eventually no security updates.

    I love my MP and I plan to do all I can to keep her (yes, all my computers are girls!) as relevant usable as long as possible.

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    Mac Pro 5,1 Upgrades
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    I see you have four 2 terabyte hard drives installed. If it were me...I would install at least one SSD...and make it your boot drive. Many process's should speed up significantly (boot time, application opening, file saving, file transfers, etc.).

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    Mac Pro 5,1 Upgrades
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    hi Lisa thanks for the reply


    I was just thinking maybe a GPU upgrade but as I don't run windows of any form on it which may be an option in the future

    its more than capable from what you have said ?

    and hi nick thanks for the reply I have got an NVME to boot the machine which happens in about 3 seconds for me,

    so my mechanical drives are just storage,


    so thanks for the suggestion


    Jason
    Mac Pro 5,1
    128GB Ram
    Mac OSX 10.14.5
    512GB NVME 2TB x4

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    Mac Pro 5,1 Upgrades
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    Quote Originally Posted by jasongoldworthy View Post

    and hi nick thanks for the reply I have got an NVME to boot the machine which happens in about 3 seconds for me
    Good deal. I'm assuming you have a PCI NVMe card installed. If so...don't see too many of those in the Apple World. Lol

    When I saw you had 4 HD's installed...I must have missed the NVMe card.

    Seems to me you got your Mac Pro upgraded about as far as it will go. Maybe some day when you put it up for sale on eBay...I'll bid on it!

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    Mac Pro 5,1 Upgrades
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    thanks nick


    and yeah it happens trust me I had some issues getting it to the CPU's it is today as it uses delidded CPU's but

    had them delidded properly as they are soldered by default

    and the NVME speeds its boot and program start massively it even handles 4k like a dream
    Mac Pro 5,1
    128GB Ram
    Mac OSX 10.14.5
    512GB NVME 2TB x4

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    Mac Pro 5,1 Upgrades
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    Quote Originally Posted by jasongoldworthy View Post
    hi Lisa thanks for the reply

    I was just thinking maybe a GPU upgrade but as I don't run windows of any form on it which may be an option in the future

    its more than capable from what you have said ?

    Jason
    I currently have a Nvidia GTX780 6GB card in mine. I use to run a GTX1080 8GB but the lack of driver updates when Mojave came out was a bummer.

    I am a video/graphic designer - basically Adobe CC user so I will put my girl through her paces, especially when creating with After Effects. I have Windows 10 running on it using Parallels. It works great but if you plan to game using it I would recommend going with Boot Camp.

    I do boot off a 1TB SSD and I have 64GB of memory installed. It handles everything I throw at it with no problems.

    Lisa
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