Articles: The insides of the Intel Core Duo iMac!
Twice as fast as the old iMac? Intel chips inside? With this kind of hype buzzing around, we had to take a look inside one to see what all the fuss is about. As usual, the inner workings of the iMac are as unique as the external case. Let's take a look...
Like most things Apple, there is a marked disparity between the external simplicity and internal complexity of the iMac. Who would guess there's a number-crunching Intel beast living inside this humble design?
The take-apart remains fairly simple for the iMac. No iMacs were harmed in this production.
The iMac logic board uses space efficiently -- it has to! Here you can see the secondary board on which the processor and cooling system are attached.
Straight out of a sci-fi novel, the scream'n Intel Core Duo is chilling out underneath a sophisticated cooling system. What's underneath that chunk of metal?
Well here's what all the fuss is about. The Intel Core Duo processor. Does this look sorta familiar? That's right, it's a ZIF socket just like the original tray-loaders back in the day! Could it be? A return to processor upgradable iMacs? Let's dig a little deeper.
The chip comes out of the socket easily enough. Make way for the third-party upgraders! We'll be back with more information and photos of this exciting piece of hardware soon!