View Full Version : Has any sites or groups tried dropping a Kentsfield into an iMac?

Jan 31, 2007, 12:47 AM
I just recently picked up another iMac, its a 17" Intel CD, for $599, our university bookstore is remodeling and is getting rid of all their old fixtures and computers. I've read many places where they upgraded Mac Mini's to have Merom, and the iMac is also capable of dropping in a new processor.

Have there been any reports of a successful drop of a Kentsfield Quad-Core processor inside an iMac? I see Quad-Core Kentsfield's going for around $750 and that doesn't sound too bad. My only guess would be a no because im sure that the Quad-Core would require a new cooling system. Any sites or information would be great pls.

Jan 31, 2007, 12:54 AM
I don't expect it is a pin-for-pin drop-in replacement for the C2D in the iMac, so it won't physically fit.

Jan 31, 2007, 01:30 AM
Aren't the iMacs chips soldered into the motherboard.

Jan 31, 2007, 01:50 AM
Thanks for the replies. I just found out my answer, and you're right the answer is no. iMacs, Mac Mini's and the portables use a mobile version of the CPU's, and Kentsfield isn't a mobile version.

There goes my fantasy of a Quad-Core iMac for now.

Jan 31, 2007, 08:27 AM
Aren't the iMacs chips soldered into the motherboard.

Not anymore.

But I would like to point out to VillaNova that we have this discussion at least once a week here on MacRumors ;)

Jan 31, 2007, 03:43 PM
I dont think it will work. Since the Imac uses the mobile core 2 duos cpu. And the Core 2 Duo for desktop are also different sockets. Core 2 Quad is socket 775.