iMac Mac Mini Quad Core Upgrade

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  1. blaznc macrumors newbie

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    I am testing out an upgrade for the iMac's and Mac Mini's to the Intel Q9000-Q9300 series processors. I run a Mac repair business and would like to offer this service but need guinea pigs!!! If you are local in the SF area I would like to see you and your machine for a little surgery :) I am almost 100% positive that any iMac or Mac Mini with a Penryn Processor can be upgraded. If you are out of the area and want to ship me your machine I can do that as well.

    Here is the deal. The first customer to bring me a machine from each series will be eligible for free labor and warranty on my work, all you have to pay for is the processor.

    Regards,
    Brandon Lin
    lin71f@gmail.com
    408-799-3872
     
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    You have the ability to remove the epoxy and solder points? I understood that with the minis it was done by a high-precision machine.
     
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  4. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Hmm. The early 09 was not socketed. Do you have evidence to suggest the new one is socketed?
     
  5. ljonesj macrumors 6502a

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    odd on wikipedia it says the mini has a socketed proc
     
  6. calderone macrumors 68040

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    It is important to read the article completely.

    Before 09, they were socketed. This new model could be socketed but the OP hasn't offered any evidence to suggest that.
     
  7. G2244 macrumors member

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    I think that Wikipedia also has the processor models wrong (on at least two). They list the late 2009 - 2.66 GHz as the P9600. However the P9600 has 6MB of L2 cache. On Apple’s site they list the specs for all 3 processor options as having 3MB L2 cache. That means that the 2.66 GHz in the late 2009 Mini is most likely the P8800.

    Also, they list the Late 2009 - 2.26GHz as the P7550 (which is socketed and not likely correct). More likely it is the P8400. So they are all in series:
    2.26 GHz = P8400
    2.53 GHz = P8700
    2.66 GHz = P8800

    My guess is that these all share the same glued vs. socket set up that the early 2009 Minis did. I would love to be wrong and see a socket exist on at least one of the 3 processor options, but I doubt that is the case.
     
  8. 300D macrumors 65816

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    The current and previous generation 2009 Minis do not have a replaceable CPU.
     
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  10. blaznc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yea I was just going on the fact that the GMA950 version is socketed. Does anyone have pics of the 9400m Mini board? I have yet to open one up.

    Also the mini comes with a P7350 C2D which is listed as Socket P.
     
  11. 300D macrumors 65816

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    You paid $800 to find out what has been all around the internet for 6 months?
     
  12. rw3 macrumors 6502a

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    I was the first one to confirm that the Early 2009 were NOT SOCKETED. I bought an upgrade for the additional speed, not to find out if it was socketed or not......
     
  13. G2244 macrumors member

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    And we (well, I at least) appreciate your trouble so I don't have to go through the hassle.
     
  14. 300D macrumors 65816

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    No you weren't.
     
  15. Kronie macrumors 6502a

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    Where is your store? I'll make sure to avoid it.
     
  16. blaznc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    There are places that will do BGA rework too so that is an option although it adds to the cost.
     
  17. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Agreed!
     
  18. rw3 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes I was....at least with a picture I was....
     
  19. blaznc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    rw3 you have that pic? Wanna see what kind of glue they used.
     
  20. 300D macrumors 65816

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    Key there.
     
  21. blaznc thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Or can you describe the epoxy used? Picture would be even better.
     

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