27" iMac with an i3 -Processor upgrade?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by lcseds, Apr 21, 2011.

  1. lcseds macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2006
    NC, USA
    I have a four month old iMac 27" with the i3-3.2GHz. I guess this is a Lynnfield processor. What can I swap into this machine? Not sure if the heat sinks change on iMacs between i3, 5, 7 processors. Can anyone give me some specific chip recommendations to boost performance on this system.
    The install is not a problem. thanks.
  2. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    It has a clarkdale processor. You can most likely only swap it for another clarkdale processor. In theory you should be able to use a lynnfield as well, but I have heard some unsuccessful attempts at upgrading from clarkdale to lynnfield.

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