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3.2 i7
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Mar 25, 2009, 02:22 AM
so.... if apple is asking 2,600 for an ​nehalem upgrade to 2.93, why not pop the top and install a couple of 3.2 for 2,000 form newegg?
Apple.... go figure.
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Mar 25, 2009, 03:42 AM
Umm, because they won't work? i7 965 has no support for dual socket motherboards. It's the very reason there's a 55x0 Xeon line.

What you'd need for 3.2 GHz is a W5580 Xeon. It's about $1600 a pop. Newegg actually doesn't even sell the part. And its TDP is 37% higher than the stock MP CPUs.

FTR, Apple is charging you $2600 for the 2.93 GHz upgrade that cost them roughly 2x$1350 - 2x$375 (1k). IOW the markup is 33%.
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