CPU upgrade for iMac 21,5" Mid 2010

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tampano, Sep 4, 2016.

  1. tampano macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2016
    Hey everyone,
    me and a friend were reading this on iFixit:


    Is there any useful thread here about it? My friend is interested in upgrading the CPU for his 21,5" Mid 2010 and according to iFixit it is possible but better using a "S" version of a i7 CPU (which btw seems apparently impossible to supply).

    Any input would be much appreciated.


  2. kschendel macrumors 6502a

    Dec 9, 2014
    A CPU upgrade will help if what you're doing is CPU-bound. For a lot of what one might call "ordinary office-y stuff", a better upgrade might be to change out the hard drive for an SSD. (and, making sure that there's enough memory installed.) So, what is your friend using the machine for, and what is his hardware bottleneck?
  3. tampano thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2016
    Oh he's definitely gone already through every other upgrade (ssd, ram, etc.) and he's getting info on the CPU to improve the performance of that machine at the best. No specific bottlenecks but more of a total-upgrade exercise :)
    This said, i7-870S seem very rare to find, but there's some i7-860S on eBay and they should fit in the "low power" scenario that, on that machine, prevents using non-S i7 CPU's.

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