View Full Version : Dual Mac G5 vs iMac 24"

Dec 7, 2006, 02:53 AM
I am thinking of selling my G5 and buying a new intel iMac.

Here are my specs:

Mac G5 Dual 2.5 Ghz
1Gbyte RAM
ATI X800XT with 256mbytes VRAM

and buying the 24" iMac.

But I have some questions in mind:
1)Is the new iMac faster than my G5 in applications and/or games?
2)After I purchase my iMac, will I be able to upgrade my graphics card when I need more power?

EDIT: I know that a greater graphics card is a built-to-order option, but I want to know if I can upgrade my graphics card after the purchase.

Dec 7, 2006, 07:02 AM
1) The Intel iMac is definitely faster, however it depends on your applications and whether they are Universal and make use of multi processors/cores.

2) As far as I know the graphics processor is still being soldered onto the logic board. So you have to pick which one you want then your stuck with it.

Dec 7, 2006, 09:49 AM
Actually on the 24" iMac the GPU is not soldered onto the logicboard but is on a seperate daughter card that uses an (correct me if I'm wrong) XMX or something like that card. Basically it is a laptop equiv of PCIe but finding replacement cards will be difficult to allow upgrades but I'm sure someone will release something if the demand is there. Also I think to buy the GPU as a service part from apple is in the order of around $200 for the 7600GT which isn't that bad considering.