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Mar 28th 2013

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Upgrade your Mac Pro

We're going to do something Apple hasn't done in a long time - we're going to upgrade a Mac Pro.
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We're going to do something Apple hasn't done in a long time - we're going to upgrade a Mac Pro.

SSD upgrade

The biggest performance boost we saw for the Mac Pro was using the OWC Mercury Accelsior PCI Express SSD. The SSD starts at $300, but Leo picked up the 240GB variety which costs about $470. Boot times were sped up extensively. Leo opted not to create his own Fusion Drive because he wanted crazy performance. Compared to a traditional HDD, the SSD blew away the read/write speeds of the spinning drive.

Graphics Cards

Apple officially supports only several graphics cards. Leo picked up the Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 for over $400. According to the benchmarks ran, the Sapphire just didn't perform that much better than the stock card that came with the Mac Pro (from back in 2010). OS X has recently been able to support graphics cards that were built for Windows. However, in our tests we could not see the results due to a connector issue.

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