Can I Replace the GPU later?

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  1. pizzafootbal macrumors member

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    I am about to get a 27 inch iMac, 2011 with 1 GB or vRam, and I was wondering if I will be able to install a similar graphics card later?
     
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    Theoretically the GPU is upgradeable since it's an MXM slot but in real world, compatible GPUs are hard to find and cost a fortune.
     
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    What if I buy a 6750m with more VRAM?
     
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  5. Tortri macrumors 6502a

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    Not entirely sure but found this about the 2010 iMacs which maybe able to answer your question.

    http://www.ifixit.com/Answers/View/25400/Replace+Graphics+card+for+iMac+Intel+27
     
  6. aliensporebomb macrumors 68000

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    Sigh

    This topic comes up about every 4-6 weeks here and the answer is the same: it's technically possible but I've never seen even one person actually DO this and I'm on four different Mac boards on the internet - you figure SOMEONE would have done it by now.

    It's probably not worth the effort methinks.
     
  7. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    The easy way to upgrade the gpu is sell the iMac and buy the newer model. When I purchased the 2009 iMac I got the slowest cpu and the fastest gpu. knowing that i can get a cpu and upgrade when the warranty is done. or i can use the machine as a monitor.
     

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