Model A1225 / Early 2009 / 2.66, 2.93, or 3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Core 2 Extreme QX9300 on iMac 2009 early model

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I heard that Core 2 Extreme QX9300 doesn't work on imac 2008 (imac 8.1), How about Core 2 Extreme QX9300 in a iMac 2009 early model?

I am currently using iMac 2009 early model with Core 2 2.66 GHz (e8135) and I am planing to upgrade my CPU.

There are two CPUs (e8435 and qx9300) that I can choose. I don't really know how much differences between e8435 and e8135 (3.06 GHz and 2.66 GHz), but I believe 4 cores always better than 2 cores (qx9300 vs e8135).

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Did you ever have any luck with a qx9300??

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Go with an Apple 3.06 GHz Intel "Core 2 Duo" processor (E8435), with two independent processor "cores" on a single silicon chip, a 6 MB shared level 2 cache. A used one should be about $100.00

This was offered by Apple and I know it will work.

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/im...

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The iMac i have right now came stock with the E8435 i was just wondering if the qx9300 would work in it. Haven't found much info regarding the Early 2009 imac. Most was the 2008 model

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I don't think the pin out on the motherboard will be compatible. The best you could do is get a faster Core 2 Duo, but I don't think a Quad Core processor will work on a 2009 iMac.

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Socket is ok, you can do it!

Check it compatibilities

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