OWC Launches Aftermarket Mac Pro CPU and Memory Upgrade Service
Other World Computing recently announced a new turnkey upgrade program for late-2013 Mac Pros that offers replacement Intel Xeon CPUs and cheaper memory options not available directly from Apple. The company seems to be taking advantage of the aftermarket replacement opportunity with its Turnkey Upgrade Program after confirming in December that Apple’s newly redesigned Mac Pro incorporates a socketed CPU.
Instead of purchasing a new CPU outright, customers send their existing Mac Pros to OWC, which swaps out the old chip for one of four upgrade options. The process is similar to a trade-in program. Four Intel Xeon E5 options are available including a 2.6 GHz 8-Core model and a 3.0 GHz 10-Core chip not sold by Apple. OWC keeps the old processor and charges you the additional prices for their products:
• Intel Xeon E5-2650 v2 8-Core 2.6GHz with 20MB Cache — $1498
• Intel Xeon E5-2667 v2 8-Core 3.3GHz with 25MB Cache — $2448
• Intel Xeon E5-2690 v2 10-Core 3.0GHz with 25MB Cache — $2396
• Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 12-Core 2.7GHz with 30MB Cache — $2978
The company noted all configurations, which are 25% to 45% faster than base factory processors have been tested and meet or surpass Apple’s thermal standards. They are also up to 31% cheaper than upgrading through the Apple Store at the time of purchase.
Along with the CPUs, the firm is also selling memory upgrades as part of the program, with capacities coming in at 32 GB (8GB x 4), 64 GB (16GB x 4), 96 GB (32GB x 3) and 128 GB (32GB x 4). The pricing starts at $450 and moves up to $2130, which is lower than Transcend’s third-party DIMMs launched in March. MacMall also sells Axiom 32 GB DDR3-1333 ECC RDIMMs for $620 per stick.
Are any of you Mac owners thinking of biting the bullet and going for an upgrade?