Model A1224 / Mid 2007 and Early 2008 / 2, 2.4, or 2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo processor

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Will a Intel Core 2 Quad CPU work in this system?

I have an 2008 iMac with 5gb ram and running OS X 10.11. And I was thinking about trying a Intel core 2 quad. Does anyone know if this processor will work with this iMac?

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You'll need to do some digging to see if someone has done it. I would review the chips on Intel's web site to see if the sockets are the same as well as the TDP values.


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According to this page that logic board should be socketed, so it should be physically possible. As to whether or not it will work, there doesn't appear to be any information for that specific model, but it will depend upon whether the power supply can support it and whether the firmware has any restrictions within it. I doubt the latter is true, but the power supply could be an issue.

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Yes I’m probably going to buy a core 2 quad Q9550 from amazon for $70.


Good luck! Hope it works for you!


I just found out that this iMac is a socket P/LGA478. I thought it was a socket T/LGA755.


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