OK, so here I am. I've searched anywhere I could but definitely couldn't find what I was looking for.

I'm thinking of performing some sort of upgrade (e.g. SSD or memory or CPU) and I'm trying to figure out the exact specs regarding the CPU.

That's all I know :

  • My 21.5" iMac has a Core i3 @ 3.06 GHz.
  • My 13" MacBook Pro has a Core i5 @ 2.3 GHz.

But, what about the exact models? (I was trying to perform a benchmark comparison the other day between the two, and couldn't figure out what to choose...)

Any ideas?

Also : do you have any idea which of those parts (specifically the cpu) IS upgradeable? and up to what?

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AFAIK the CPU is not replaceable on any current Mac model.

  • Thanks for the info, though I've already had a look at Apple's resources, which surprisingly omit the exact CPU models. (Please, have a look at my answer, to see what I mean). As for whether CPUs are replaceable, I've seen quite a lot of people saying they did it, so I'll guess I'll have another look around... Dec 29, 2012 at 9:18

Well's that what I managed to discover using GeekBench... (well, I mean regarding the CPU models) :

13" MacBook Pro - Early 2011 :

  • CPU : Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2415M @ 2.30GHz
  • Memory : 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3

21.5" iMac - Mid 2010 :

  • CPU : Intel(R) Core(TM) i3 540 @ 3.07GHz
  • Memory : 4GB 1333 MHz DDR3

I still have to check about the upgradeability, though...


Take a look at http://www.lowendmac.com for tech specs, and much more, on any model.

Here are the links for your systems. Unfortunately it list no upgrades available for your iMac.

iMac (Mid 2010)

13″ MacBook Pro (Early 2011)


Everymac.com is the site for information, specs, everything, on ... every Mac.

Bookmark it.

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