Anandtech on Mac Pro CPU Upgrades, WinXP Performance
9:37 AM | Eddie Park | 4 comments
In what is the last part of their major Mac Pro coverage, tech site AnandTech takes a look at both the upgradability and the WinXP-running power of Apple's latest line of desktops. On the topic of upgrading memory, tests run by AnandTech showed that the heatsinks installed on the RAM provided by Apple were in fact necessary, with correctable ECC errors popping up when using 3rd party RAM without the heatsinks.
Most likely of more interest to users are their discoveries with CPU upgrading. Though getting to the CPU itself required a creative solution, AnandTech was able to successfully swap out their Xeon 2.0 GHz with a 3.0 processor with no apparent problems. Pushing even further, they went so far as to try out engineering samples of the Clovertown chips, a quad-core Intel processor currently slated for release later this year, with favorable results:
We ran a handful of stability tests on the Mac Pro equipped with two Clovertowns and didn't encounter any crashes with the processors, so it would seem that Clovertown will work in the Mac Pro's motherboard. We can't say with 100% certainty that you will be able to upgrade to Clovertown when it comes out, but so far the results are looking good.The article also covers WinXP installation and has a battery of tests comparing PC vs Mac performance under a variety of conditions. Pictures and instructions on CPU swapping are also included for Mac Pro users wanting to give it a whirl themselves.
AnandTech - Apple's Mac Pro - Upgrading CPUs, Memory & Running XP
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