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Intel® Xeon®

12-Core 2.7GHz
E5-2697 v2 Processor

24 Thread / 30MB Cache / 130W / Socket FCLGA2011

Used | OWC Tested

Make a Great Mac, Even Better
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)
3.0GHz 8-Core with 12MB Cache (E5-1680v2)

To the top end with a 2.7GHz 12-Core with 30MB of Cache (E5-2697v2). More cores, more speed per GHz too!
OWC makes it easy and affordable to breathe new life into Mac Pro.
  • Extend the life of your Mac Pro
  • Upgrade to faster processors and more cores
  • Step-by-step install videos
  • Save compared to to a factory upgrade
    Apple charges $2000 for the same factory upgrade from 3.5GHz 6-Core to this 2.7GHz 12-Core. Plus, with OWC, you can keep or trade in your current processor for even more savings!

    OWC Processor Rebate Program
    Save up to $65 on your Mac Pro processor upgrade by trading in your original processor with OWC. View your original processor's trade–in value.


  • Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 Processor
  • Thermal Grease
  • Alcohol Pad
  • Product Specifications:

    Intel Part Number

    • E5-2697 V2

    Clock Speed

    • 2.7GHz base
    • 3.5GHz turbo


    • 12 cores
    • 24 threads

    Intel QPI Speed

    • 8GT/s

    # of QPI Links

    • 2

    Sockets Supported

    • FCLGA2011

    Cache Size

    • 30MB

    Max TDP

    • 130W

    Supported RAM Speed

    • DDR3-800
    • DDR3-1066
    • DDR3-1333
    • DDR3-1600
    • DDR3-1866


    • 22nm

    Intel Hyperthreading

    • Yes

    Intel Virtualization Technology

    • Yes

    64-Bit Architecture

    • Yes

    Thermal Monitoring Technologies

    • Yes
    Manufacturer provided specifications for Other World Computing p/n DIDMP13X2697 UPC#: 810586030076
    This product is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
    Mac Pro
    Mac Pro
    (December, 2013)
    Model ID: MacPro6,1
    2.7GHz 3.0GHz, 3.5GHz, 3.7GHz
    PC Servers
    PC Servers
    Compatible with Intel / AMD Process based servers capable with the specifications listed above.
    PC Desktop
    PC Desktops
    Compatible with Intel / AMD Process based PCs capable with the specifications listed above.


    Customer Ratings

    Write a Review 5 / 5 12 out of 12 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
    Verified Buyer
    Reviewer: Videoguy4u
    Rating: 5/5 12 Core CPU May 30, 2022 I have a Late 2013 Mac Pro. So my original cpu was the 6 core. I upgraded to a 12 core. Machine seems to run well. I've been pleased with the results. I'm running the 12 core a 2tb ssd and 64 gigs of ram. DO NOT BUY 128 gigs of memory for the Late 2013 Mac Pro slows it down big time. so stay with 64 gigs or ram. I'm editing 4k footage just fine on this machine...

    I would recommend this item to a friend!

    Response from OWC, Support May 31, 2022 Pump it up and power it up. Sometimes all a machine needs is an upgrade such as a processor upgrade, as sometimes that is all that is needed to make the workflow the way you need. Always glad to help, and anytime you need and advice on upgrading a machine, feel free to reach out, we have a team of experts ready. :)
    Verified Buyer
    Reviewer: C-Patterson
    Rating: 5/5 3d Workstation Upgrade May 9, 2022 I went from a 3.5gHz 6 core up to this. Little difference in performance on larger files in Photoshop, but rendering is almost twice as fast in Modo. Awesome this was available, especially for the price. A lot cheaper than a new Mac. That video for the installation helped, although they made it look a lot easier to put the bracket back on the processor than the scary hair-raising 10 minutes it really worked out to. Also their video didn't show all of the dust bunnies.

    I would recommend this item to a friend!

    Response from OWC, Support May 10, 2022 Thank you for taking time to leave a review! These processor upgrades are not easy to say the least. I am glad to see this upgrade was able to reduce your rendering time!
    Verified Buyer
    Reviewer: ColorfulToucan-12146
    Rating: 5/5 Worth the investment October 18, 2021 I had been considering upgrading from the 4 core processor to the 12 core for some time. My thought was to try and squeeze a few more years out of my Mac Pro. As I've come to expect over the last 30 years, OWC's ordering and delivery process was flawless. I prepared for the upgrade by watching the OWC video several times and some of the YouTube versions of the same. OWC's is the best. I also used a small plastic tray with storage areas labeled for each step and the screws associated with that step including size and count of screws. It took me two hours as I went very slowly and encountered a problem removing one of the screws holding the processor bracket to the processor board, this required some gentle work with some pliers. I also cleaned out all the dust from the computer using canned air and a 1" dry paint brush. As others have noted it probably pays to use the best thermal paste you can buy and I used the Thermal Grizzly Kryonaught. I also used a single lightweight glove on my hand to get better torque while removing screws as the small screwdrivers we're hard to hold in my aging hand. Everything went back together smoothly and the machine booted on the first try. I really enjoyed the whole process and feel this upgrade will last me a few more years of use for the ol' trash can.

    I would recommend this item to a friend!

    Response from OWC, Support October 19, 2021 Thank you for providing us with your feedback! We are pleased to hear the upgrade went well. If further assistance is needed, please feel free to reach out to our support team.
    Verified Buyer
    Reviewer: LivelyMouse-14259
    Rating: 5/5 I have a new computer ! October 5, 2021 I have no qualms recommending this upgrade, it has brought a new life to Mac Pro, definitely worth doing, great improvements for the price.

    I would recommend this item to a friend!

    Response from OWC, Support October 6, 2021 Thank you so much LivelyMouse-14259 for the taking the time out of your day to leave your review. We are delighted to hear that the processor upgrade did wonders and exceeded your expectations. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions, comments, or concerns. Phone 1-800-275-4576 or +1-815-338-8685 Customer Service/Sales & Technical Support - Monday-Friday (8am-8pm CT) - Saturday & Sunday (Closed) Live Chat Technical Support - Monday-Friday (8am-8pm CT) - Saturday (9am-5pm CT) - Sunday (Closed) Live Chat Customer Service/Sales - Monday-Friday (7am-10pm CT) - Saturday & Sunday (9am-5pm CT). Thanks for choosing OWC, and have a great day!
    Verified Buyer
    Reviewer: Rob
    Rating: 5/5 Installation Hints for Processor August 14, 2021 I had purchasing buy this processor upgrade for my work computer and eventually got it installed correctly. This review will be about the process of installing it, and how you can avoid the mistakes I made. First mistake was not having the IT guys do the installation for me, as my skills were tested doing it. For starters, since installation involves significant disassembly of the computer, you need a fair amount of room to set down the pieces. I initially didn’t clear enough space. Another space prep hint, for those of you who drop screws, clearing space on the floor for that is a sensible precaution. The small T5 screws, in particular, are hard to handle. I had the install video on my iPad, and I don’t think I would have made it through without running the video alongside the installation. As other reviewers have observed, your computer will probably not be as clean on the interior as the one in the installation video. I did a fair amount of cleaning, I found canned air useful for this. On a similar note, the thermal paste on my processor had dried out a good bit over 7 years, so it was harder to clean off than on the video. I had extra alcohol and cotton swabs for that. The big mistake that I made while doing the install involved the clamp that holds the processor to the assembly and to the heat sink. I wasn’t watching the video closely enough and got the clamp on backwards when reinstalling. Which lead to the computer not booting when reassembled. It took some time to figure out that problem. The video notes that the power assembly may need to be adjusted to get the T10 screws that hold it to the top and bottom of the computer to fit correctly. I found this more difficult than described in the video. A second set of hands would have been helpful for this part, but I eventually got it.

    I would recommend this item to a friend!

    Response from OWC, Support August 16, 2021 Amazing review, thanks very much for the insight and feedback!! Hopefully we may help you again in the near future!
    Verified Buyer
    Reviewer: WildBlueYonderDingo
    Rating: 5/5 great videos May 25, 2021 The great video made the process easy to follow.

    I would recommend this item to a friend!

    Verified Buyer
    Reviewer: PerfectAnteater-73633
    Rating: 5/5 Works. April 23, 2021 Works well. Easy install

    I would recommend this item to a friend!

    Verified Buyer
    Reviewer: Argo Location: New Zealand Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
    Rating: 5/5 Great upgrade, had a few problems to overcome July 23, 2020 I’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! This review is from OWC 8-Core 3.0GHz Intel Xeon E5-1680v2 Processor Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Late 2013).

    Verified Buyer
    Reviewer: Dudley346 Location: Austin, TX Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
    Rating: 5/5 Powerful and easy to install July 3, 2020 This 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!

    Verified Buyer
    Reviewer: RogerGr Location: Morristown, NJ Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
    Rating: 5/5 Great Upgrade to the MacPro May 21, 2020 My 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!

    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).

    Verified Buyer Top 250 Contributor
    Reviewer: TnTorpedo Location: Knoxville, TN Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
    Rating: 5/5 Involved but worth it April 26, 2020 I'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).

    Verified Buyer
    Reviewer: dmsc
    Rating: 5/5 What a difference December 23, 2019 Upgraded 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!

    Intel 2.7GHz Xeon E5-2697 v2 Processor Mfr P/N: DIDMP13X2697 OWC SKU: OWCDIDMP13X2697 OWC does not allow open Intel processors to be returned for refund: Replacement within 30 days only. 1 Year OWC Limited Warranty Ships: Same Day Only $499.00 $276.74
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