AMD Processor on iMac

rudstre

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Mar 26, 2011
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Hi everyone, this might be a really stupid question, because i am new to computers, but is it possible to install an AMD FX processor on my iMac. My specs are:

2.66Gz intel core 2 duo
4gb 800 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro 256 mb

Thanks,
Rudy
 

rudstre

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Mar 26, 2011
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do you guys know what processors my computer would be eligible for?
 

mmomega

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Correct, the Intel iMacs use a socket chip just like any regular motherboard.
In the case of this picture. The socket is an LGA1155 and this chip is an Intel Core-i5 2400S.
Switching CPU's from different vendors are not able to be switched into 1 motherboard like a Video card could be.


You could however switch out an LGA1155 Core-i5 chip with an LGA1155 Core-i3 or Core-i7 chip.
 

mmomega

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The Core i chips are a lower powered chip than the regular versions

Ex: Core i5 2500S - used in the iMac
is a 65W chip
runs at 2.7GHz
Turbo Boots at 3.7GHz
6MB Cache
Intel HD 2000 graphics, which iMacs won't use

Core i5 2500K
is a 95W chip
runs at 3.3GHz
Turbo Boots to 3.7GHz
6MB Cache
Intel HD 3000 graphics

the other specs for the most part show an identical chip

the notebook version
Core i5 2500T
is a 45W chip
runs a 2.3GHz
TB to 3.3 GHz
Intel HD 2000 graphics
other specs are basically same as above 2.