What will happen is I swap a G3 processor for pentium 4?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Macpropro80, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2009
    I have an old 2.6ghz Pentium 4 sitting around and I was wondering, will it work in my g3 imac?
  2. macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    :eek: Maybe in another dimension. But no.

    EDIT: Expanding on that...not only do processors within the same architecture often have different sockets, making them incompatible, but the G3 and the P4 aren't even in the same galaxy in terms of processor architecture. The G3 is a PowerPC processor, the Pentium (like all Intels) is an x86. Square peg in a round hole in more ways than one.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009
    LOL. I hope you're kidding....but in case your not, no. I realize that not everyone is 100% familiar with processors and the different types and such.

    But this would be like asking if you can put a Z06 Corvette engine in a in a 1980 Toyota Starlet....
  4. macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    It's absolutely freaking impossible.

    PowerPC ≠ X86.

    NONE of your other hardware would work. NONE of your software would work.

    It CAN'T even FIT. If you HAMMERED it in there, if you SOLDERED pin by pin, it wouldn't even turn on.
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 31, 2009
    I never owned a mac before the intel ones, but I kind of expected the answer i was given. I just wanted to make sure before I wasted my time.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2008
    In a more polite manner...

    Its not physically possible.

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