Processor upgrade question

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  1. lcseds macrumors 6502a

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    I have a new i3 27" iMac. Can the motherboard take an i5 or i7? Forgetting about the difficulty or warranty considerations, I'd like to know what can be installed in it to replace the i3. Is there a code name or some such to research other processor options? Thanks.
     
  2. MacHamster68, Dec 1, 2010
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    here that should answer all your questions
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Core#Core_i3

    and here frome the iMac wiki site
    On July 27, 2010 Apple updated its line of iMacs to feature the new Intel Core processors across the line. The low and high end 21.5" model, including the low end 27" now feature the Core i3 processor but these are upgradable to the Core i5. The high end 27" now features a Quad-Core i5 processor, which is upgradable to a Quad-Core i7.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Lynnfield i5s and i7s (i5-7xx and i7-8xx) use the same socket as i3s, LGA 1156. Theoretically it's possible but nobody has tried it. However, I can't see why it couldn't be done. FYI, i7-880 is the fastest you can go (3.06GHz quad)
     
  4. rnelan7 macrumors 6502

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    I wonder if it is possible to upgrade the introduction 3.06 Core 2 Duo model to a Core 2 Quad.
     
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    IIRC it was tried but it did not work. Only one CPU was tried though so maybe some other model works.
     
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