Upgrading processor from sandy bridge to ivy bridge

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tanker5, May 15, 2012.

  1. tanker5 macrumors member

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    Hi. I have a 2011 21.5" iMac with a 2.7 Ghz Core i5 processor. After doing some research, I learned that Intel's new Ivy Bridge chips also use the same 1155 socket as the Sandy Bridge chips. I was wondering if anyone out there knows if I would be able to upgrade the processor to the i7 3770 (or i7 3770k). I consider myself pretty tech savvy and have already replaced my optical drive with a Blu Ray Drive, and added an SSD to my iMac, so I am confident in my abilities to replace the processor. I just would like to make sure it would work before I go through the trouble of upgrading it.

    Any info on this would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Check iFixit.com if it's soldered or not.

    Here we go:

    "Replacing the CPU and GPU is possible to do, but you need to remove the logic board from the computer."

    http://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/iMac-Intel-21-5-Inch-EMC-2428-Teardown/5485/2

    But I think you may run into issues with the drivers for Ivy Bridge CPUs. You can probably google more info on this since people are running hackintoshes with Ivy Bridge already.
     

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