I have an early 2008 Mac Pro which will only run up to El Capitan (10.11).

Is there any hardware upgrade I can do to run later versions (10.13 and later)?

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    While not a hardware solution, there are patches that can be applied to install macOS on unsupported hardware (see dosdude1's website).
    – agarza
    Commented Mar 10, 2022 at 1:04
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    You are probably going to have to upgrade the graphics card if you want to go to Mojave or later. Needs to be an ATI/AMD card, probably the HD 7950 is safest bet, there are no drivers for Mojave or beyond for NVidia. Note also that no-one [including Apple] is still supporting Mojave for new apps, so you'll need Catalina for latest support. tbh, I wouldn't even take a 5,1 to Big Sur, let alone a 3,1. It will grind to a halt. macvidcards.com has comprehensive info on which cards to go for.
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Mar 10, 2022 at 9:52
  • If you're looking to spend money on a hardware upgrade, a secondhand M1 Mac Mini would be at least 5 times faster.
    – benwiggy
    Commented Apr 29 at 6:43

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You can use apps like OCLP. Also, you can try installing extra RAM / storage.

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