2011 iMac swap i5 with i7

Discussion in 'iMac' started by cat3600, May 3, 2011.

  1. cat3600 macrumors newbie

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    I did this on my 2009 iMac, swapped it out to the 2.8 i7

    If the get the base 2011 i5 2.7 iMac & later swap the processor to i7 3.4 is it possible like how I did it before?

    Please I don't want any lectures about warranty etc. being void, as I am fully aware of it!

    Thanks
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Technically it should be possible since they use the same socket and even the same stepping. However, the i5-2500S is a 65W chip so Apple might have saved a few $ and used worse cooling in the base 27".
     
  3. cat3600 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It's so tight inside that they can't make that many variations it's not worth the tooling costs.

    I wonder if the graphics can be changed out too?
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    It can be but finding a compatible part will cost you a fortune. If you want a beefier GPU, then forget the DIY route and just buy it from Apple. You may end up saving $ that way as form what I have seen, the GPUs go for like 400$.
     

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