Question on upgrades for Mac Pro 1,1

Started Jul 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
Bill Hollinger
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Re: Question on upgrades for Mac Pro 1,1
In reply to Robert Peters, Jul 10, 2012

Thanks everyone. OWC tech sent these possibilities - any thoughts? Are they correct (will it really be faster than the new iMac), and how difficult are these upgrades to do?

We have several options for you to increase the performance level on your 1,1 Mac Pro to far exceed any of the other systems. The first option is outlined below.

1. 8GB more RAM http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/53FB2MPK16GB/ . Change your boot drive from the 2TB drive to a 120GB or 240GB Mercury Electra 3G http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/internal_storage/SSD/Mercury_Electra_3G_Solid_State . Then if you have the open bays, keep the 2TB as a storage drive, buy two matching drives and set them up in a Striped RAID configuration and use them as your scratch drive. This will significantly increase the read/write speeds on the working drives and improve the overall performance and run times of the applications.

2. You can use 1 drive bay for the SSD boot drive, 1 bay for the 2TB storage drive and buy a cabling kit and use the two open SATA ports on the motherboard to install the matching drives for the Striped RAID configuration for the scratch drive. That should improve your read/write speeds.

3. The Professional solution is as follows. You can Upgrade the RAM, install the SSD as a boot drive and use the 2TB drive for storage, buy a mini-sas PCI expansion card http://eshop.macsales.com/item/NewerTech/MXPRMS6G2E/ and attach a rack http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/hard-drives/RAID/Rack_Mount/ or tower http://eshop.macsales.com/Search/Search.cfm?Ntk=Primary&Ns=P_Price |1&N=0&Ntt=sas interface as your scratch drives. That will increase your read/write speeds exponentially. If you go here http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/RPMSS4B02.0E/ , and go to the bottom of the page and click on Benchmarks, then on the SAS picture you will see the read/write speeds that we've been able to obtain using this 2TB rack set up.

Please let me know if you have any further questions or feel free to call into our free Tech Support line at 1-800-275-4576. Thank you Bill I hope this was helpful. Also you should be able to upgrade the Mac Pro 1,1 to far exceed the performance levels of that iMac, even just going with option # 1.

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