from quad to hex

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This mac pro started life as a 2009 quad core that served as a server that never really worked that well. It had a intermittent fan issue that turned the fans on full. No amount of hardware testing would reveal what was the cause and when the quad core mini was released i replaced with that a 12tb thunderbolt raid and turned the previous raid into a vfs experiment (more on that later). Then a few weeks ago I learned about a firmware hack that loads the 2010 firmware on the 2009 tower and allows one to install W36xx series CPU. So a quick search on eBay revealed a second hand W3690 for a few hundred bucks which I promptly bought and installed. The tower has been running for 12 days now with stress tests that mimic the usual intensive use of a tethered shoot and the results have been great.