processor interchange

Discussion in 'iMac' started by whoda, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. whoda macrumors member


    Aug 6, 2010
    A question out of curiosity. Are the processor's in the I3, I5 and I7 interchangeable?
    Coming from the windows world last year, I am so used to always hearing about cpu swaps and such.
  2. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    There's a chance they are-- especially with the ones offered in upgraded models. Is it recommended? No. These aren't towers after all.
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Nobody has tried this yet but in theory, it should work since the only difference is the CPU (and possibly GPU).
  4. whoda thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 6, 2010
    No plans on touching anything inside. As a former windows guy, I was so used to keeping up on the next "upgrade" I needed to do.
    Are the motherboards (I think these are called logicboards by Apple) the same? From what I have seen with Apple, they like to find a "sweet spot" of what works and build from there. Unlike the fragmented world of windows where everybody and his backwoods cousin builds something completely different every time.
  5. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
  6. MacHamster68 macrumors 68040


    Sep 17, 2009
    the processors are interchangable they use the same socket , but like TMraven said thats the end of similarities to a motherboard , while motherboards are standardised atx or mini atx or micro atx even in most all in one pc's
    apple is using their imagination which shape of logicboard will fit best behind the screen
    so while on a all in one pc with atx board you can after a fail just use any motherboard you like ,down-or upgrade to any board you like , in iMac's you have no such option you need the exact apple part , thats why it is important to take out apple care , so you are safe for 3 years

    random tip : if you buy a iMac buy it with apple care , if it is has not developed faults after 2 years 11 month sell it quickly and buy a new one
    (now start at beginning of tip again )

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