Hardware test says I have i7 processor, but I have an i5

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  1. phospholipid1 macrumors member

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    Hi,

    I bought a second hand June 2012 Macbook pro with an i5 processor running at 2.5ghz. When I received it I went through an apple hardware test to see if it was all OK. The test came out fine, but when I clicked on "show hardware" before doing the test it said I had an i7 at 2.5ghz, but I definitely have an i5. Is this a cause for concern?
     
  2. fskywalker macrumors 65816

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    How do you know you do have an I5? The hardware test should be the one to trust IMHO
     
  3. phospholipid1 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have checked the serial number, it says i5 on the apple website. How can I have an i7 at 2.5ghz?
     
  4. ionjohn macrumors 65816

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    It's possible to have higher specs than you ordered, it's happened to some people here,
     
  5. harmonium macrumors newbie

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    As another check, you could run a benchmark and compare your results to those of other MBPs from your generation.
     
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  7. phospholipid1 thread starter macrumors member

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    How can I do this?

    I understand that, but why is it saying I have an i5 when I go to "about this mac"? Also, if you look here: http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/macbook_pro/index-macbookpro.html there is no 2012 i7 2.5ghz macbook pro - only i5
     
  8. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Did you do a fresh OSX install after you bought it? There are hacks to spoof specs.
     
  9. phospholipid1 thread starter macrumors member

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    When I opened it up it prompted me to enter details etc. I didn't personally do it. I have mac OS X 10.8.5 CD so I could do a fresh install, but why would the seller spoof the mac so that it has a worse processor?
     
  10. hwojtek, Feb 5, 2014
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    hwojtek macrumors 6502a

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    These hacks would work in OS X, but not in hardware test, this is an opposite situation - hw test shows better than OS X itself (and I doubt somebody would stretch that far to fake a lower-spec processor).
    My personal bet is HW test does not properly recognize the CPU. Maybe http://netkas.org/?p=72 will be definitive.
     
  11. phospholipid1 thread starter macrumors member

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    "supports only intel core 2 family cpus." it states

    I reformatted and it says the same thing, perhaps I should just leave it alone.
     
  12. heisenberg123, Feb 5, 2014
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    all the 2012 MBPs I have seen show the 2.5 processor to be an i5


    are your sure about the 2.5?

    also what size screen?


    I believe the 15" late 2011 came in i7 2.5ghz
     
  13. phospholipid1 thread starter macrumors member

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    It's a 13" Macbook Pro 2012. From the serial number on the apple page it states it is a 2012 model. The hardware test says 2.5ghz i7
     
  14. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    2.5 i5 and 2.9 i7 were the only variants available so there seems to be an error somewhere.
     
  15. Praxis91 macrumors regular

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    For PCs, I have used a free program called CPU-Z. I believe there is also a Mac version called CPU-X.
     
  16. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    I don't think OS X 10.8.5 CDs officially exist. Is this a self made copy?

    Also, what does "About this Mac" say?
     
  17. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    Are you getting the S/N off the bottom? I wonder if the bottom cover is off a different mbp
     
  18. hwojtek macrumors 6502a

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    This is what I linked above, doesn't work with Core-i processors.
     
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  20. Riccis macrumors newbie

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    I just ordered a refurbished 13" MBP with 16GB RAM and i5 2.6GHz CPU (late 2013 model) yesterday afternoon.

    Received it this morning (was waiting for me before I even reached the office - how's that for a speedy delivery!!!!). Turns out I got an i7 2.8GHz processor :D

    Have confirmed this using MacCPUID which I downloaded from Intel. So it does happen.
     
  21. fskywalker macrumors 65816

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    Retina MBP I supposed?
     
  22. Riccis macrumors newbie

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    Yep
     
  23. fskywalker macrumors 65816

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    Nice free upgrade, enjoy!
     
  24. damanloox macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I know it's an old thread but I just purchased (second hand) mac mini 2012 2.5 ghz... I'm looking at Apple Diagnostics/Hardware Test/AHT and while all looks OK and it clearly states Mac Mini 6,1 it also clearly states Intel Core i7 (not i5 as it should..). And to complicate things even further - it also states it's two cores (so i5..?)
    Has anybody had that? The mini was bought as Certified Refurb from apple by originla owner...
    Any ideas...?
     
  25. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    The 2.5 ghz was a dual core in that machine but the i7 was a 2.3GHz quad core, it seems there is a bit of an identification issue on some machines it shouldn't make any difference unless you bought it as a quad core machine....
     

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