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Hey all,

This is quite a bit off topic for webflow but I wanted to share a cool Mac Pro upgrade that is amazing. So I was lucky enough to get a 2010 mac pro 12 core from a client for a great price and I wanted to upgrade to an SSD. Issue is it has SATA II which is slow. So I first got a pcie card which let me mount a standard ssd into a card slot. Coolio. Here's the benchmark.

It was pretty fast but I really wanted speeds similar to the new macbook pros and mac pro that have pci flash storage.
That's when I found this combo. This adapter and this pcie drive
for a total of $180 yielded this result:

Pretty crazy huh? Just wanted to share with anyone out there who has a 2009 or newer mac pro tower and is looking for a serious speed upgrade.


I had the early 2010 12 core Mac Pro. I am going to pretend I never read your post.

Jokes apart, damn I really wish I had made some researches when I had it :smiley: Good job.


Yeah man, you can also upgrade the processors to dual hex 3.46 and compete with the new Mac Pro any day of the week. They're great machines.


You have me really curious. I have one of these in a closet holding up my shrine to all the dearly departed mac devices I have ever owned. Think it has a bad power supply. Maybe I should take a second look.


Dude, those things can be upgraded up to wazoo and compete with a new mac pro. OWC has an upgrade path for processors too. Not super cheap but better than a new machine. Dual hex core 3.46 processors start at just over a grand.


I've still have a Mac Pro 2x3GHz Quad Core Xeon box here.

I think it's a mid 2008 ?

Wonder if this would help speed the box up any more.

I use it primarily for encode 360 pano images.

Very slow when you are processing 12 sets of 9 (HDR) images to create a pano.

One pano will take 4 to 5 hours... and that's if it finishes. Often it doesn't.

I can't upgrade the OS either - and Chrome will stop updating soon.


I think with that system definition, OS X will be limited in what version it will let you install. You can upgrade the processor and other things but that won't change that it's a mac pro 3,1. With the 2009 version, it's identical to the 2010 and 2012 and you can update the firmware to show up as a mac pro 5,1 even if it's a 4,1. I don't think thats possible with a 2008 unfortunately. Here's a couple links I found on upgrades


Man Im I outdated. Im still running my q6600 cpu with only 6gigs ram. Its overclocked to 3.3ghz but its a dino now. Way back then when I sold a arm to get it, it was lightning fast and 4 cores were rare! My rendering buckets were on fire! Now.... its just chugging along. I recently bought a 2 in 1 1000$ asus i7 laptop. Its 4x faster. Lol


I got a 2009 Mac Pro from work recently and were looking into upgrade. The M.2 SSD was exactly what I was looking at! Also, considering a GPU upgrade with GTX 970 or GTX 980...

and a 4K monitor. I wish Thanksgiving/Christmas is here...


Just make sure you get a mac flashed video card. Otherwise you will have no way of booting into multiple partitions. has some good stuff.