Model A1312 / Mid 2010 / 3.2 GHz Core i3 or 2.8 & 3.6 GHz Core i5 or 2.93 GHz Core i7, ID iMac11,3

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Is it possible to upgrade the processor or anything else?

iMac "Core i7" 2.93 27-Inch (Mid-2010)

So I have a Mid 2010 27" iMac and was curious if anyone knows if I can upgrade the processor or anything else even higher than what it is? Either that or I didn't know if it's possible to upgrade anything else in the machine to make it run faster.

I've already maxed out the ram and added an SSD, so I'm not afraid to pull the thing apart. I've upgraded and built a few PC's too, so I have the know how. So the only question is if it's possible? I don't know enough about Mac's internals compatibility to just throw parts at it blindly. So if anyone has any insight that would be much apreciated.

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To start with the system you have is the top of the line of this series. The CPU socket your system has is no longer being used, nor did Intel offer any better CPU's for it.

You talk about having maxed out the RAM are you running 16 GB or 32 GB? With the newer firmware your system can support 32 GB of RAM!

But before you make that jump are you hitting a memory limitation or are you hitting a threading or crunching issue? This is where knowing what wall you are hitting matters. How about running Activity Monitor and see what it shows here.

If you can give us a clue on what you are running that would help too.

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I did not know it could run 32 now, I'll have to check into that. I use it to run adobe software for design and also started working with video.


You're likely hitting the limits of your CPU more so than RAM with video editing.

Deeper memory might help in some operations, but this is were a better multi-threaded CPU would get you further.

Sadly, you'll need to wait as the current CPU's Apple is using are still only 8 threads (4 real 4 virtual). The coming iMac Pro will offer some serious thread performance so save your pennies if you really want do this right.


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