3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 12, 2015 1:44 PM by sylvia_intel

    CPU Upgrades

    okayson

      Hello All,

      With the release or upcoming release of desktop/server Broadwell CPUs, will I be able to upgrade a September 2013 Mac Pro with either a Broadwell i7 or a Broadwell-E?  I am wondering whether I should wait for a new Mac Pro with built in Broadwell CPU, at the cost of my first born or for a lower price of just my left arm, or buy a refurbished Mac Pro now and upgrade it later.

       

      Thanks for your comments.

       

      okayson (newbie)

        • 1. Re: CPU Upgrades
          sylvia_intel

          Hello Okayson, thanks for joining the processor community.

           

          I’m afraid to inform you that upgrading older systems to a Broadwell processor is not going to be possible.

          The reason is because all Broadwell processors are in the BGA package, which means that they will be soldered to the motherboard. 

           

          Regards,

          • 2. Re: CPU Upgrades
            okayson

            Sylvia,
            Thanks for the prompt response.  I would just like to clarify that I am
            talking about desktop systems, not laptop systems.  I was referring to
            upgrading the Mac Pro (cylindrical desktop), which like most desktops I
            know come with upgradeable CPUs.  Are you saying that starting with
            Broadwell, there will be no upgrade for desktops?

            Thanks.

             

            okayson

            • 3. Re: CPU Upgrades
              sylvia_intel

              No Okayson, future products will come in socketed versions, but compatibility with older sockets and motherboards have not been announced.

               

              Thanks

               


              Silvia