New Mac Pro Confirmed to Have Removable/Replacable CPU

Posted in Apple News, Mac on 27/12/2013 by J. Glenn Künzler


Despite Apple’s tiny new design for the 2013 Mac Pro, which initially had many users concerned that it may not have the upgradability that they expect from a pro-level machine, those hopes are quickly being answered in a positive light. Following confirmation that the device will have upgradable RAM and SSDs (and even the graphics card, if manufacturers produce them in the new form factor), a teardown performed by OWC reveals that the processor is replaceable and upgradable as well!



MacRumors reports:

Other World Computing (OWC) has performed a quick teardown on one of the new [Mac Pro] machines, and while documentation currently consists of only a small set of photos, the company has confirmed that the Intel Xeon E5 processor found in the Mac Pro is indeed removable, allowing for future upgrades. All four available CPUs for the new Mac Pro use the same LGA 2011 socket standardized on the Mac Pro’s motherboard.

The use of a standard processor form factor should come as great news for Pro users – especially a couple of years down the road, when upgrade time rolls around. It’s nice to see Apple bowing towards repairability for once – something which they have sorely neglected in devices like the Retina MacBook Pro and the new iMac.

  • Ted

    I bet that’s another marketing ploy from apple. I get the ram and ssd. But processor upgrade? Every new processor has a new form factor/socket. There’s no way anyone will be able to upgrade that thing after 4-5 years, unless they shell out yet another 3.5 grand. And that’s exactly what apple wants you to do.

    • I disagree. The Xeon processors have kept a fairly consistent form factor over time.


J. Glenn Künzler

Glenn is Managing Editor at MacTrast, and has been using a Mac since he bought his first MacBook Pro in 2006. Now he's up to his neck in Apple, and owns an old iBook, a 2012 iMac with an extra Thunderbolt display for good measure, a 4th-generation iPad, an iPad mini, 2 iPhones, and a Mac Mini that lives at the neighbor's house. He lives in a small town in Utah, enjoys bacon more than you can possibly imagine, and is severely addicted to pie.