Question about Core 2 Duo Chipset?


balamw

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Aug 16, 2005
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The current retail prices for Merom chips make it quite unlikely that you'll want to do this.

The T7200 2.0 GHz part is retailing around $325
The T7400 2.16 GHz part is retailing around $475
The T7600 2.33 GHz part is retailing around $700

At that rate, you'd probably be better off selling the old Mac and buying a new one with the CPU you want.

Note you cannot use the EXXXX Conroe chips, and the process of disassembly isn't for the inexperienced.

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generik

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Aug 5, 2005
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Just wondering why are you thinking about doing that?

Owning a Mac is not about having the fastest and greatest, in fact for most of history owning a Mac = having a slower computer. It is all about the experience of using MacOS!
 

rayray1017

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i've owned macs since '85, but i was just curious if the newer chipsets would be compatible with the old intel iMac's logic board. I might do it in a couple years just for fun.
 

speakerwizard

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Aug 8, 2006
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"Just wondering why are you thinking about doing that?

Owning a Mac is not about having the fastest and greatest, in fact for most of history owning a Mac = having a slower computer. It is all about the experience of using MacOS!"

thats not really true, apple has a history of releasing (or at least claiming) the worlds fastest desktops. and if you do 3d animation like me or video etc, YES it very much is about having a powerful computer.

and knowing whether you can upgrade the cpu could be handy to know for the future when chips come down in price.
 

bigandy

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Apr 30, 2004
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To answer your question, it is possible by just swapping out the chips.

I'm planning on doing it with my Mini when the C2D chips drop in price a bit.

;)