Can I upgrade my CPU on iMac from i5-2500S to i7-2600?
- Current CPU: i5-2500S (2.7 GHz Sandy Bridge i5)
- Upgrade to CPU: i7-2600 (3.4 GHz Sandy Bridge i7)
TPD is 65W on the i5, and 95W on the i7. Both share the same socket (LGA 1155)
I am considering a CPU upgrade (and an SSD upgrade while the beast is on the operating table!). I have heard some success stories on the mid 2010 models.
I want to hear from this community and see what the results are in real life trial (there is information out there that says it might be possible, but without any confirmation).
Cost of i7-2600 : $300
Resale value of the i5-2500S : about $150-$200 (OEMs get it for around $200)
For $150, I don't mind the cost of upgrade at all! :-)
I'll also be adding a SSD off the 6.0 Gb/s SATA port while I have this sucker open, and will also fit a eSATA port (as per OWC guide).
If I do decide to do this, I'll post extensive photos and instructions of the whole process.
I am familiar with the fairly detailed answer on EveryMac: Is it possible to upgrade CPU in the aluminum iMacs?
Cette question est-elle utile ?
I have the same iMac model but I can not figure out how you have an I5-2500S in a A1312 According to apple this CPU first appeared in the 2011 iMac. Is this correct? Thanks for your help.
par Derek Nicholsom
Definitely the S version in my system. I believe some of those CPU models are made specifically for inclusion in systems like this. These CPUs are about 100mhz slower than comparable "non-S" versions. Its one of those ways that they prevent selling these processors back in to the channel, as most enthusiasts will prefer the boxed/retail intel CPUs that obviously have a higher mhz count.
According to Apple the mid 2010 iMac had an LGA1156 connector which does not accomodate an I5-2500S CPU. So do you have a mid 2010 or a mid 2011. My iMac is a mid 2010 A1312 EMC 2390 with a Core I3-550 CPU.
par Derek Nicholsom
I have upgraded 2 iMacs 27" 2010 from both i3 and i5 to this CPU:
i7 870 2.93 GHz (Lynnfield) . I can confirm the higher TDP makes it incompatible with the 21,5" iMac. I got these for $50 each. One was taken from a Acer Predator. Seems this was common in some high-end PCs around 2010/11.
Too bad this iMac only runs SATA 3 Gb/s and I guess if you have a i3 or i5 you have the 512MB video card. But even upgrading the i5 to this i7 CPU is very noticeable. Upgrading a i3 will give you a "new" machine :-) Find a good deal on a SSD, that is just as important as the CPU upgrade. My friends upgraded 2010 27" is now a work horse.