Mac Pro Tower (2008)

A fun little project I planned back in the middle of 2016 and managed to carry out in early 2017. It involved the conversion of an old Mac Pro Tower into a media hub / insentient render slave for overnight rendering. A big shoutout to the peeps at and the documentation they have for the procedure.

(Sturdy Case is Sturdy)

Research showed that the machine was capable of running two Xeons which naturally made me want to push the boundaries. Since the original only came with a single E5462 CPU I would have to acquire an extra heatsink; That and a more powerful pair of Xeon CPUs.

(Heatsink Cover)

Project – Ferrus Manus

All in all the upgrade consisted of 2 new CPU’s, 16GB of extra ram, 6 terabytes worth of HDD and a 120 gigabyte SSD for the operating system. The name itself is another stolen inspiration from the 40K Universe just like all the other personal builds on here. I know you’re here for the specs so here’s the list.

CPU: Intel Xeon X5365 3.0GHz Quad-Core Processor x2
CPU Cooler: Apple Mac Pro Heat-sink (2008) x2
Motherboard: Apple Mac Pro Logic Board (2008)
Memory: PC6400 DDR2 800MHz ECC 20GBs
Storage: Hitachi Ultrastar 7K4000 3TB 3.5″ 7200RPM Internal Hard Drive x2
Storage: Crucial 128 GB Internal SSD – 2.5″ – m4 – SATA 6Gb/s
Case: Apple Mac Pro Tower

Amazon wasn’t really useful in this case due to how old the parts in question were so the majority of the list can be purchased on Ebay.

(Even Apple Internals are Pretty)

It’s Running at 32 Degrees Celsius with El Capitan as the operating system of choice; currently used as a media hub and a proof of concept that states “Mantas can upgrade Macs” makes it a little underwhelming so implementing it into my video editing workflow is the next step in this mini venture.

Yours Truly, MannyJammy with another Tech Chronicle
P.S If you are doing a similar project don’t hesitate in reaching out for help, I’m here for A.M.As

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