You don't need to get a new Mac to get more performance. Do more with the Mac Pro you already have with a processor upgrade from OWC.
Crank your Mac Pro from your current
3.7GHz 4-Core with 12MB Cache (E5-1620v2) 3.5GHz 6-Core with 12MB Cache (E5-1650v2)
To a 3.0GHz 8-Core with 25MB of Cache (E5-1680v2). More cores, more speed per GHz too!
OWC makes it easy and affordable to breathe new life into Mac Pro.
Compatible with Intel / AMD Process based servers capable with
the specifications listed above.
Compatible with Intel / AMD Process based PCs capable with
the specifications listed above.
Write a Review5 / 51 out of 1 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
Reviewer: ArgoLocation: New ZealandAge: 55-65Experience Level: Power UserOwned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5Great upgrade, had a few problems to overcomeJuly 23, 2020I’m a theoretical scientist and programmer and a little challenged practically speaking, so I hesitated about this upgrade. After viewing OWC’s very helpful video and some others - and doing a lot of prep around tools, a clean work area and static precautions - I decided to go ahead.
Several points to note. First, my 4 year old Mac Pro was caked with dust. You don’t get a sense of this from the video which features a pristine machine. Be prepared for this possibility with q-tips, compressed air and extra isopropyl alcohol.
Second, if like me you’ve not done this before, patience and deliberation is key. Some screws and connectors can be a little stiff - I saw evidence of loctite I think - but force them gently and there’s no problem.
Third, when I got to the second, inner set of 4 Torx 10 screws that secure the spring retainer that tensions the CPU I suddenly noticed they were perfectly flat, smooth round bolt heads. What?! It took some time but I discovered Apple had finished this inner set perfectly with color-matched tape! This was not hard to crack and remove, but held me up for a good half-hour.
Fourth, that spring retainer is *strong*. The thermal compound I selected - not the grease in the kit - emphasized absolute cleanliness of the heat sink and CPU cap, so at first I tried to reseat the first two screws without pressing on the CPU. This was a mistake. You really do need to support the assembly well from behind. Luckily I sourced extra (70%, medical grade) isopropyl wipes for the earlier stages of cleaning the heat sink and old CPU, keeping OWC’s supplied 99.9% wipe for a final clean-down prior to applying the grease.
It really is important to use the high purity isopropyl alcohol at this last stage as it dries much faster and reduces the chance of dust contaminating the final seal. The 70% wipes include water which means longer dry times.
Now not quite two days later I’m very happy with this upgrade. The 8-core Xeon does a lot of clever management, running around 2-3 cores under normal, unstressed operation. Single core speed (with Geekbench) has dropped only slightly from my original 4-core CPU. System load is about halved. Then when needed, such as compiling a lot of source with Xcode everything switches up and compile times are lightning fast. I anticipate similar gains when running large simulations: these can keep the Mac Pro running for hours and this is where its ability to dissipate heat and let the Xeon run without throttling keeps this Mac very viable even in 2020
I would recommend this item to a friend!Customer Videos:
Reviewer: Dudley346Location: Austin, TXAge: Over 65Experience Level: IT ProfessionalOwned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5Powerful and easy to installJuly 3, 2020This an outstanding upgrade for this 2013 MacPro. I was a bit apprehensive at first about doing the install myself; however, it was straight forward and easy to do. Add the rebate program for credit of the old processor and it becomes an even better deal. I would recommend this item to a friend!This review is from OWC 12-Core 2.7GHz Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 Processor Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Late 2013).Customer Videos:
Reviewer: RogerGrLocation: Morristown, NJAge: Over 65Experience Level: Power UserOwned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5Great Upgrade to the MacProMay 21, 2020My 2013 MacPro had a 3.7 ghz 4-core processor and didn't seem as fast as it used to. I had already upgraded RAM (OWC to 48GB which helped but I wanted more speed and am not in the market for the new MacPro. It's just too big for my home office, and since I retired, I just cant justify the cost to get a mid-range new MacPro.
This upgrade was worth a try! I have done upgrades in the past to iMac's and MacBook Pro's and had little trouble with those so this was something I was pretty comfortable trying. The OWC video on installing the upgrade was very easy to follow and all went well. I took my time and it took a bit more than an hour. I immediately noticed a significant speed increase and so far NO spinning beach balls! The computer started up normally on the first restart after installing the new processor. Oh, I took the opportunity to thoroughly clean the internal board and structure with a vacuum. The round MacPro is a work of art inside and out! Worth keeping and upgrading where possible!
Reviewer: TnTorpedoLocation: Knoxville, TNAge: 45-54Experience Level: Power UserOwned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5Involved but worth itApril 26, 2020I'm an ex chip designer, so I felt confident I could do this. But plan to give yourself more like 2 hours to do it rather than 1. Also, I used Artic Silver 5 for the thermal compound and did not use the included thermal paste. The OWC 27 pc toolkit (separately purchased) was perfect. I did the initial start up with just one monitor, a USB keyboard and USB mouse. It initially booted into password reset, but I could get to Startup Disk from there and selected the partition with the OS and did a restart. Boot up didn't work until a call to Andy in tech support recommended doing a power manager reset (unplug power cord, hold power button down for 10 seconds, plug back in and start up). After that it worked great. I would recommend this item to a friend!This review is from OWC 10-Core 3.0GHz Intel Xeon E5-2690 v2 Processor Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Late 2013).Customer Videos:
Rating: 5/5What a differenceDecember 23, 2019Upgraded our 24/7 Mac Pro Server from 4 to 12 cores 2 weeks ago, running several databases and several VMs. Ok, you could have something cheaper running Windows Server, but who wants that. The upgrade process was scary at first, but the Mac Pro 2013 is built tough, so ripping it apart and built up again is easy with a little help coming from the video. Good tools are key (forget about the iFixit drivers, way too slippery for tight screws), and don't forget to buy the best thermal paste you can get. Do not use the one coming with the upgrade kit! And that's the only negative thing about this kit. I am happy with this upgrade, I guess we will upgrade the other Mac Pros as well. BTW: UPS should learn to read and fill out custom's forms correctly!! I would recommend this item to a friend!This review is from OWC 12-Core 2.7GHz Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 Processor Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Late 2013).Customer Videos:
Intel8-Core 3.0GHzXeon E5-1680 v2 ProcessorMfr P/N: DIDMP13X1680OWC SKU: OWCDIDMP13X1680OWC does not allow open Intel processors to be returned for refund: Replacement within 30 days only.1 Year OWC Limited WarrantyShips: Same Day