The new iMac with SoC M1 is clearly faster than Apple’s old all-in-ones. But can an old iMac be made faster than a new one? The author of the video, which you can see below, tried it and it worked.
In fact, the recipe is simple. Since older iMacs allow you to replace basic components, that’s just what you need to do.
In this case, the base model with a Core-i3 8100 and 8 GB of RAM received an eight-core Core i9-9900 and 32 GB of RAM. As a result, such a kit cost the author $ 1250, while the base iMac M1 costs $ 1300. Of course, you also need to directly physically replace the CPU and RAM, which in the case of the iMac is not so easy to do.
As a result, the strengthened iMac of the old generation, although it was inferior to the new one in synthetic tests, still won in real applications. For example, in Blender the difference was almost twofold.
Of course, such an upgrade does not in any way rid the old model of a number of shortcomings or just features. The screen size and resolution cannot be increased, noise and heating will only increase, new interfaces will not appear either.