Apple shows you how to properly upgrade your new Mac Pro


Don't pull yours apart without watching Apple's videos first.
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The 2019 Mac Pro is the most customizable Apple computer we’ve seen in years. You can swap and upgrade almost every component — including its GPUs, memory, and more.

But you must do it properly. Apple’s new how-to videos take you through the upgrade process step-by-step to help ensure nothing goes wrong. And they make it look so simple.

You may have upgraded other computers in the past. You may have even built your own from scratch. But modifying a 2019 Mac Pro is a little different. It’s not like other desktop machines.

Getting into the Mac Pro, and accessing its internal components, requires some special steps. You’ll want to start by watching Apple’s new how-to videos before you get started.

How to upgrade the 2019 Mac Pro

There are two videos so far — out before the Mac Pro has even made its way into buyers’ hands. They show you how to install more memory and a new MPX Module for a graphics upgrade.

The videos are just over two minutes long, but they cover every step of the installation process.

Apple has also published support guides that explain how to replace I/O cards and the Mac Pro’s power supply. Other guides cover using multiple displays, and detail supported PCIe cards.

Choosing the right PCIe card

It’s worth noting that although Apple sells GPU upgrades as MPX Module, other third-party options are compatible, including those from Nvidia. So long as they fit its PCIe slots, you’re good to go.

Apple states, however, that older PCI cards using 32-bit Option ROMs aren’t compatible. Installing them can cause your 2019 Mac Pro to stop booting correctly.

Apple also advises users to contact a service provider to replace the Mac Pro’s SSD drives and $400 wheels.


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