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usability question about Intel Q9550 vs E5440

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Hi!

Now i'm thinking about upgrading my cpu from a dual core (E7400) to a quad core (Q9550). 2 more core-s, 4 times more cache and the same (775) socket.

But it can cost more than 130 usd, what (maxbe the max amount of money what i can spend for it) is a bit much, but if the system runs without fail with it i'll spend it without questions. There are an other option. There is a Xeon cpu (E5440) which is equivalent with the Q9550, but for maybe the half of the price.

My question is about the choice and the experience: Anybody using, or have experience about one of this cpu in the hackintosh system?

I'm running 10.9.2 on my machine, and i most using it for 3D work and rendering.

Which one can be worth it or which one is working with the a mac?

Can i use the Xeon processor or i have to buy the original Q9550?

(I installed my system with myhack installer)

Thanks!

 

System:

(Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 - 2,8 Ghz 1066 Mhz)

Gigabyte GA-G41M Combo

ATI Radeon HD 4670 1GB

8 GB 1066 Mhz DDR3 RAM (2x4GB)

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Xeon really are server/workstation CPUs, so your motherboard is unlikely to support it (BIOS). However, if your BIOS does support Core2Duo Quad, go for that. Look up on the Net for OS X installation on quad-core CPU; I known that many people reported issues booting the OS, but I did not spend much time on it and I don't own one...

 

Lookup the specs of your motherboard, they should list the supported families of CPUs. Your envisaged jump from your current dual-core E7400 2.8GHz FSB1066 to top of the range quad-core Q9550 2.83GHz FSB1333 is quite a significant upgrade in itself. For 3D rendering, I'm sure it would make quite a difference.

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The E5440 uses the 771 server socket, not the 775. See http://ark.intel.com/compare/33082,33924

Sorry it's my fault. I know these two are haven't the same socket, but when i wrote the post i see a post on an other site about how to get working the xeon cpu on socket 775 after a little working on the cpu socket. (2 blocking parts need to remove) After that the system recognize it as a standard Q9550 cpu.

But thanks the comparison!

 

 

Xeon really are server/workstation CPUs, so your motherboard is unlikely to support it (BIOS). However, if your BIOS does support Core2Duo Quad, go for that. Look up on the Net for OS X installation on quad-core CPU; I known that many people reported issues booting the OS, but I did not spend much time on it and I don't own one...

 

Lookup the specs of your motherboard, they should list the supported families of CPUs. Your envisaged jump from your current dual-core E7400 2.8GHz FSB1066 to top of the range quad-core Q9550 2.83GHz FSB1333 is quite a significant upgrade in itself. For 3D rendering, I'm sure it would make quite a difference.

The motherboard doesn't support the xeon cpu (it supports the Q9550), (the information collected from this list) but i heard from rumors (which may be inaccurate) if i make some "correction" on the socket (removing the 2 blocking part) the system see it as an average Q9550.

Well i don't find any topics about problems with the quad core system on mac (but i think my "searching system" :) was to weak) and many people who are using quad cpus, they using the i(5/7) systems.  =/

I hope it could be works, because it can reduce the rendering time for the half time. 

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i5/i7 CPUs aren't usually an issue because these are used in real Macs. Core2Quad however were never fitted to real Macs so there is always a margin for doubts. But I'm sure you'll be able to find something in the community in relation to the suitability of that Q9550 CPU. 

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Well in this case, the osx installed on maybe the same system (motherboard: same north and south bridge as mine, the original Q9550 and also an ATI GPU). Now i think i'll buy the original Q9550 and assemble it, after the installation i'll post here about the experiences to help others.

But if somebody have any informations i'll thanks that.

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