upgrading CPU iMac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by 2ms, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. 2ms macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2002
    I know that it's possible to swap out some of the Xeon CPUs in Power Macs for other Xeon CPUs with the same socket. I have a 2.16GHz (Merom?) C2D white iMac. Is it at all possible to swap out my CPU for something a little faster.

    It's the one thing about iMacs -- everything else about my machine is terrific -- the screen/monitor, the harddrive, the motherboard, etc even the graphics I'm completely happy with. It's just the CPU is behind now.
  2. Techhie macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2008
    The hub of stupidity
    No, the CPU is soldered into the socket. You will either have to find a way to get it out without breaking it, or buy a new logic board
  3. MTI macrumors 65816

    Feb 17, 2009
    Scottsdale, AZ
    The only easy swapout is from a Core Duo to the same speed Core 2 Duo.
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    You would probably get better results with less chance of wrecking the machine by adding more memory.

    don't even think of trying to unsolder the CPU. They are done by precise machines and pretty much no human can unsolder resolder that. You're quite likely to wreck the logic board in the process.

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