ifixit 27" iMac Teardown

Discussion in 'iMac' started by rgarjr, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. wesleyh macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
    Seems like it's not hard to remove the HD & the DVD drive (blueray..) Ofcourse you'll have to remove the glass first. Where can we get such suction cups?
  2. adamjohn_98 macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2005
  3. ventro macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2006
    Did anyone notice that the inner display looks matte instead of glossy? It used to be glossy, so that you would have two sets of reflections when you held it up to the light - one from the glass, and one from the glossy surface of the LCD. Looks like they've fixed that?
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Where are the GPU and CPU part numbers?

    It is iFixit, wouldn't think they are too worried about voiding a warranty by destroying some stickers.
  5. idyll macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007

    honestly, the imac's "glass" comes off so easy you'd be surprised.. any suction cup will do - whatever you can find around the house.
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Looks like there isn't an EMI foil and tape cluster this time under that display.

    There's plenty of volume for cooling.
  7. NATO macrumors 68000


    Feb 14, 2005
    Northern Ireland
    Very true, I used two little suction cups I borrowed from the mini hockey jerseys I have hanging from the car windows, they must be 1 inch in diameter at most. You really just need to lift the glass enough to get a thumb underneath on each side and after that it lifts off cleanly.

    I'm glad it's business as usual in terms of getting into the iMac - First thing I'm doing when I get my 27" Core i7 iMac is get an SSD in there.
  8. wesleyh macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
    This is interesting as well:

  9. wesleyh macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
    Love to see before and after benchmarks of that.
  10. Hexley macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2009
    The CPU for the Core 2 Duo is a E7600 and is socketed. There is a warranty sticker though warning any tampering will void warranty. So wait out the warranty then upgrade. :)

    Sad part is Core 2 Duo uses a different socket a Core i5 or Core i7. :eek:
  11. Kronie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2008
    Good. I'm now glad I just bought the RAM upgrade for two hundred bucks. While I have the mechanical capabilities to tear into that machine and put it together, for the the small $$$ savings and the stress of tearing into a machine you might damage. I'll just let apple do it.....
  12. anim8or macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2006
    Scotland, UK
    Hmmmmm... step three shows that RAM is still easy to be upgraded by the user.... through the bottom slot.
  13. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    Awesome! look at the heat sinks/pipes on the cpu and gpu, This is the difference between a Mac and a pc. You get what you pay for. Amazing engineering at Apple. Wish they would have shown the speakers. Something not talked about much is Apple increasing the quality of them and the wattage to each. Cool!

    Next we will here why does a Mac cost more then a crappy little tower?:D

    Nice tear down though it would have been better to see a step by step.edit there is a step by step I apologize.
  14. zen macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2003
    Slightly worried that they reported the glass panel was slightly out of alignment after they installed the RAM, implying that the magnets might not be strong enough (if the glass can shift just by flipping the machine over to access the RAM panel).
  15. Kronie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2008
    Oh yea, I missed that, but too late now, ,and no regrets. I'm not going to cancel and reorder and have to wait even LONGER
  16. Uncle Pinny macrumors regular

    Uncle Pinny

    Jul 15, 2008
    Interesting. Never knew it would be SO easy to get inside and swap the hard drive out.

    Seeing as it's a piece of pss to swap the superdrive could we in theory whack in a BD drive? I understand that OX wouldn't play the BD disks but would it still read DVD's? Happy to use VMWARE to play BD's if this is an option... any ideas?
  17. cruxflux macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2008
    2,5" Sdd + 2,5" Hdd

    It would be great to buy an adapter that fits 2 x 2,5" drives and have one SDD and one HDD.

    An 80GB SDD + 500GB HDD would be a pretty good combo and not cost a fortune.

    Like this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001Q5H8X0

    Does anybody know if these would work?

    I see no reason why not but I'm seriously considering the new 27" but I really would like a SSD. Ever since I tried a computer with one (a Macbook) and noticed the increase in speed I was instantly sold and decided on the spot that my next computer will be equipped with one!
  18. wesleyh macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
    So, since most parts are generic, we can quite easily update the CPU, the HD (to SSD etc), and even the graphics card.. Can anyone confirm? This makes it the most updateable imac ever if so..
  19. AdeFowler macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2004
    Step 14
    This may be the most underwhelming component in this iMac, the 8x SuperDrive.
    The fact that there is no Blu-ray drive in here is a bag of hurt.
    C'mon Apple, iMacs in 2005 had 8x SuperDrives. The SuperDrive just doesn't seem so super anymore.
    The good news is, it's a standard 12.5 mm, slimline SATA optical drive. The drive Apple should have included is this Panasonic UJ-135 Blu-ray drive.
    Apple lacks software support for playing copy-protected Blu-ray movies, so if you install a Blu-ray drive, you'll have to boot into Windows to enjoy the show.
  20. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    sweet thanks i was more interested in the gutting of the new iMac than the MacBook.

    pretty much explains Apple.
  21. gdeusthewhizkid macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2008
    does this new imac even come with a isight. i havent read anything about it having one ...
  22. gdeusthewhizkid macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2008

    I think the new imac 27 inch just made the mac pro obsolete. seriously what's the point of having such a expensive machine when the 27 inch looks like it gives you more than enough expandability and power.. The mac pro is way to expensive and i need a new desktop to run logic studio 9 This might be the answer...
  23. duky macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
    North Carolina
    I hope you're not serious about this--They wouldn't release a product without and iSight in this day and age..

    I can't wait to open this up and put an SSD in there. This will be an amazing product with Core i7, 8GB RAM and an SSD...why can't November come sooner..
  24. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    It's great Apple finally made the GPU removable. Maybe this will mean upgradeable GPU's in the future?:rolleyes: Though it is more likely Apple did this in case ATI f***** up like nVidia did, they would not need to replace the whole logicboard.

    I was a bit disappointed that they did not remove the heatsinks to see if Apple is still using their standard 20 oz of thermal paste.

    I wonder when people will start putting in the 2.93Ghz Core i7-870?

    All DVD/CD features of the drive should work in OS X.

    As for blu-ray. You can read blu-ray data discs. If the player supports it you can burn blu-ray data discs.

    If you get Toast Titanium 10. You would also be able to burn your own movies to blu-ray. I think the Toast player you can even play these non-copy protected discs, though I am not certain on this point. However, no store bought blu-ray will play in OS X until either Apple or some other company brings encrypted blu-ray support.

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