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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!

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  • 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


    Please review this brief article prior to watching the install video.

    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 1 out of 1 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product
    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). Customer Videos:

    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! Customer Videos:

    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). Customer Videos:

    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). Customer Videos:

    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! Customer Videos:

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