Thursday, March 5, 2020

Building the Beast Mac Pro 1,1 Dual Quad Core 3GHz

It has been over a week since the last Post on the $20 Mac Pro 1,1 find.

In the condition it was purchased it was perfectly usable in 2020 even though it was stuck with El Cap.

But can it be better?

Upgrading from the dual Woodcrest Xeon 5150 dual core processors running at 2.66 GHz with 4mb L2 Cache..

To a matching set of Clovertown Xeon X5365 Quad Core processors running at 3 GHz with 8 mb L2 cache.

On a side note the ATI X1900 that came with the system is not compatible with El Cap so an Nvidia GTX 750 has been working but does not play well with others so after the benchmarks and other tests it will be permanently replaced with an ATI Apple Radeon HD 5770 1 GB. Not the best card out there but it does have a DVI port and 2 Mini Display ports.

Now this is just a quick run through on the replacement of the processors if you want more detailed run down let me know in the comments and I will try to put to-gather something more detailed.

You will need a 3 mm hex wrench with an extension, a Phillips head screwdriver, and Rubbing Alcohol 95% or better, or Wipes. Thermal paste and new processors. The only gotcha I can see with this is the thermal sensors on the heat sinks you need to be careful with the connectors on the logic board. Other than that it is pretty simple to do with the elegant built from apple.

Was it worth it? Lets find out.


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