Dual Mac G5 vs iMac 24"

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Soulstorm, Dec 7, 2006.

  1. macrumors 68000

    Soulstorm

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    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.
     
  2. macrumors 65816

    Darwin

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    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.
     
  3. macrumors regular

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    Nov 8, 2005
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    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.
     

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