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      Is purchasing the base specification and upgrading feasible: Yes absolutely, we recommend it to save cost.
      Is the SSD removable: It can be physically removed but the system won’t boot without it.
      Can you disable secure boot and remove the SSD: No you cannot. We disabled secure boot with the startup disk set to a PCIe mounted Samsung 970 Evo. The machine won’t boot without the SSD, secure boot enabled or disabled.
      Can you pair an SSD to the system and T2 chip: Apple can you can’t.
      Can you use off the shelf graphics cards without an EFI flash and get a boot screen: Yes!
      What brand Radeon VII did we use in our testing: Powercolor
      Is the system multi-processor: No, only one socket.
      How many graphics cards can you install: There are two 16x PCI-e slots and 2 x 2 sets of 8 pin connectors. So we would recommend 2.
      How do you fit a traditional HDD: You will need a 3rd party enclosure which slots inside the top-right quarter of the chassis. There are internal SATA connections to connect the drives to.
      Is it difficult to change the processor: No, not at all. We require a specific screwdriver which we used from the iFixit tool kit but overall a simple process to access.
      Is 10.14 Mojave compatible: No we were unable to install anything older than 10.15 Catalina.
      Is there space in the system to add an additional SSD: No you will need to purchase a PCIe expansion card.
      Is the I/O card proprietory: Yes it isn’t a standard card and is unlikely to work in another system and only functions in a specific slot.
      Do 3rd party graphics card have graphics passthrough to the I/O card: No they do not.
      What processors can you fit in the 2019 Mac Pro: Anything that uses the FCLGA3647 socket. See the list here. It is unlikely that the 9282, 9242, 9222 and 9221 models will work due to power and cooling requirements but everything else on this list should work fine.
      Could you take an SSD from a TouchBar MacBook Pro or iMac Pro and install it in the free SSD slot: In the iMac Pro, you have two drives which made up the single volume and they were locked not only to the board but together as well. You couldn’t remove one and try and mount an OS on a single drive. It just won’t boot. The connector in the MacPro is unlike both the Touch Bar MacBook Pros, previous Mac Pro and the iMac Pro. We compared them together. We don’t have another drive to test but I assume it’ll be the same as the iMac Pro. You won’t be able to install another drive as they aren’t configured to be together with the T2 chip.
      Do the ports on the I/O card work without the MPX module: The USB and audio-out do, the Thunderbolt ports do not.


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