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I'm looking at buying a used Mac Pro. However, I want to know what I'm really buying as the serial number he provided does match the processor configuration in the about:

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EveryMac says this is what the machine is according to its serial number:

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The 2.4 GHz 6-Core configuration wasn't released until 2012 according to EveryMac:

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_pro/specs/mac-pro-twelve-core-2.4-mid-2012-westmere-specs.html

So my question is, am I buying a 2009 Mac Pro, originally shipped with an "Eight Core" main board, but has been upgraded to a 2012 2x 6-Core main board?

If so, will I need to upgrade the firmware to match the new board?

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The firmware had to have been updated before the newer processors were installed.

The differences between the 4,1 '09 & the 5,1 '10 - '12 are minimal. What you're looking at is a hybrid, older machine [quad-core Nehalem originally] with upgraded firmware & newer 6-core Westmere CPU.

In itself, there's nothing inherently wrong with that - I'm typing on one right now.
The fans are a little noisy - my older 3,1 you cannot even hear the fans until it's working hard - but it really has no issues, to all intents & purposes it's now a 2012.

This is mine

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The 5,1 upgrade does allow it to run Sierra too - I just don't like Sierra.

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    An extra +1 for your sentiments re: Sierra. – Allan May 14 '17 at 14:57
  • Thank you. So for all intents & purposes it's now a 5,1 Mac Pro now as well? – Swisher Sweet May 14 '17 at 14:59
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    It is - they're not identical, but to all intents & purposes, yes. – Tetsujin May 14 '17 at 15:01

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