iMac Intel 27" EMC 2309 (Late 2009, Core 2 Duo 3.06 or 3.33 GHz) ID iMac10,1, EMC 2374 (Late 2009, Core i5 2.66 GHz or Core i7 2.8 GHz) ID iMac11,1

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Possibility of upgrading the CPU

I would like to know if it is possible to upgrade my CPU

I understand that the only option could be by changing the LOGIC BOARD from the actual it has now, EMC 2309, to the motherboard EMC 2374, in which I could insert an i7 2,96 GHz processor

Thanks for your help

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I think you're going down an expensive & risky venture here.

While these two series are very similar iMac10,1 & iMac11,1. I'm not sure you can swap out the logic boards cleanly here as Apple tends to move things a bit between the series.

Maybe someone can tell us if they have done this swap out.

Lets say you can swap out the EMC 2309 logic board for one of the EMC 2374 models. I think that is far as you should go with the 2.8 GHz i7 CPU (I7-860) board.

I wouldn't waste the effort trying to swap out the processor. Switching CPU's can be tricky as you need to locate a chip that is compatible with the socket, does not exceed the TDP of the current CPU. As you can see by clicking on the CPU link above you will have the most powerful chip Intel introduced in this lineup.

I think buying a used iMac system with 2.8 GHz i7 CPU you want will be cheaper in the long haul.

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Thank you for your quick answer

may be you´re right

Anyway I´ll wait for other answers to see if somebody tried this upgrade


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