iMac 5k 2017 logic board in late 2015

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Rr697, May 11, 2019.

  1. Rr697 macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2019
    From my research it looks like it is possible to put the 2017 iMac 5k Logic Board in my Late 2015 iMac. It appears the only modification would Making new holes for the the TB3 connectors. The reason for wanting to do this is to have the improved graphics card and TB3 for EGPU use. I already ran a script so I could use an egpu on my machine and it was a downgrade.... the TB2 cables are just too slow to use an egpu for FCPX. Please advise, I do heavy video editing on FCPX 10.4.6.

    Current machine:

    iMac Late 2015 5K 27" Retina
    OS: Mojave 10.14.4
    Processor: 4GHz intel core i7
    Memory: 32GB 1867 MHz DDR3
    1 TB Internal HD SSD
    Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 M395X 4 GB
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Not worth the trouble.
    If the 2015 isn't good enough for you, sell it and get a 2019.
    Problems... solved!
  3. Zdigital2015, May 12, 2019
    Last edited: May 12, 2019

    Zdigital2015 macrumors 65816

    Jul 14, 2015
    East Coast, United States
    Heavy editing of what kind of footage? 4K multi-cam? H.264? H.265? The iMac you are running on right now is quite a stout machine...are you transcoding your footage? Do you use proxies? Do you use external storage to store your Projects and Libraries? Are you using a 1TB SSD or a 1TB Fusion Drive? Your description says HD SSD, which is kind of confusing.

    External SSD storage for working files can help immensely.

    Apple doesn’t just hand out motherboards to anyone and everyone who asks. Chances are that is strictly sold as a replacement part and the cost starts at $999 and goes up from there. And you would have to prove you own a 2017 model with a faulty logic board to do an exchange.

    If your are doing H.265 editing, you need to move up to a 2019 model with an SSD and even then it can be hard to digest.

    Otherwise, check out and Max Yuryev on YouTube for some better insight into optimizing your FinalCut Pro X workflow. Good luck!

    EDIT: Although the 2017 iMac uses the same Z170 PCH the 2015 model uses, I doubt very much if you can simply plop in the 6700K from your 2015 and have it just work. I suspect the firmware is locked to prevent it as well.
  4. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Probably be more of a hassle then its worth. There are random parts between macs that are different. For example the heat sink between the 2015 and 2017 is different (not sure why), the speakers are different (not sure if that is because the board is slightly different and if the connector is the same.

    That is just two things off the top of my head. I think the fans are different part numbers too, although I don't know if they are interchangeable.

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