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post #1 of 9
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Hi everyone and thanks for taking the time to read this,
I bought a Mac Pro a few months ago and have been thinking about overclocking it.
It's got a 2 x 2.93 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon Processor with 32GB 1333 MHz DDR3 RAM (I put that in myself after buying it). I'm running Mac OS X 10.6.4
So yes.. it's already quite quick. I do a lot of memory and processor intense stuff though, such as video and photography editing (a lot of HDR) as I'm a professional photographer. This means though that stability is of major importance to me. Also, accuracy if that could be a problem, by this I mean I will be using algorithms when doing photography processing that need to render almost perfectly. I back up all my files onto an external hard drive as soon as I can but losing any of these files would mean serious problems for me.
I wouldn't mind paying extra in order to make it stable or to speed the computer up as long as it means doing it right, which includes getting anything professionally installed if necessary.
Thanks Guys,
Chris
p.s. sorry but I hope this is in the right forum, found it quite confusing where to ask so i'll make a copy in the intel forum and if thats not it maybe an admin/mod can transfer/delete this? Thanks
post #2 of 9
dont do it dont the Mac computers have a problem with running really hot or just their laptops?
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what if i cool it? i know the laptops do, i think the desktops are fine, is there a way of measuring it other than taking it apart and sticking a thermometer in there?
post #4 of 9
Need ABSOLUTE stability? Run it at stock. I doubt Apple's cooling system could handle much more anyways.
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IMHO don't even try overclocking it..at any point i see it useless..you have 12 cores/24 threads of pure euphemism and its really enough for what you plan to use it to..
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The bios arent set up for it (which means software OCing which isnt a grand idea to begin with) (I am assuming that mac bios offer little in the way of OCing) and the cooling is not enough to handle much more than stock.
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post #7 of 9
Stability is almost always at Stock, I suggest you stay there, especially since thats a dual 6-core xeon rig. It'll do all that you need and more, To be honest, thats quite overkill if you're not into heavy duty studio work.
   
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post #8 of 9
Why would you want to overclock it?, i mean it already can handle whatever work you do
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post #9 of 9
+1 to the you can't and shouldn't OC your Mac Pro.
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