AMD Processor on iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by rudstre, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. rudstre macrumors newbie

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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
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    No. Only Intell CPU's of similar type and pin configuration can be used.
     
  3. rudstre thread starter macrumors newbie

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    do you guys know what processors my computer would be eligible for?
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    Without you being more specific in terms of model, I'm going to say the best is a Core2Duo Extreme Edition 2.8Ghz CPU.

    Not on Intell iMac's.
     
  6. rudstre thread starter macrumors newbie

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  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Fair enough.
     
  8. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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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.
    [​IMG]

    You could however switch out an LGA1155 Core-i5 chip with an LGA1155 Core-i3 or Core-i7 chip.
     
  9. jeremyshaw macrumors 6502

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    I thought the mobile CPU based versions were? Or am I wrong on that?
     
  10. shardey macrumors 6502a

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  11. jeremyshaw macrumors 6502

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    Ah, I see.
     
  12. iMikeT macrumors 68020

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    Pre Core ix (Core Duo, Core 2 Duo) were mobile chips. Core ix are true desktop class chips.
     
  13. mmomega macrumors demi-god

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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.
     

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