Cheapest Mac with better graphics than HD4850 (512MB) (Late 2009 iMac)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by DracoDWS, Jun 26, 2015.

  1. DracoDWS macrumors member


    Aug 1, 2013
    My customized iMac (Late 2009 iMac) with upgraded 2.8 i7 chip and Radeon hd4850 is on its way out. I've replaced the graphics card 3 times and I'm just counting down until I have to do it again, but it's really old enough now to consider just buying a new computer.

    How cheap can I get away with and still get better graphics performance than what my iMac is doing?

    I know my iMac card is 512MB of RAM but even the lowest MacBook with integrated graphics - isn't that at least 1GB of RAM?

    From what I've read I think the Iris 6100 is 1.5GB isn't it? Would that really make it 3 times better?

    Considering that my iMac cost upwards of $2500 when I bought it, I'm not looking forward to spending that much money again, even though it's lasted me this long (going on 6 years).

    The 27 inch screen is really big on my desk and I wouldn't mind going smaller but I'm looking for the most bang for your buck over the life of the computer.

    I know that getting an SSD will really improve the speed I just want to get the smoothest performance I can from the few games I do play (mostly Blizzard games and maybe Marvel Heroes).

    What do you guys think I should get? I'm open to all choices from Mac mini to MacBooks to iMac.

    My iMac is still working at the moment so I have time to wait. I would like to wait until the Skylake chips are released but I just need to figure out which computer to consider.

  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
  3. imaccooper macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2014
    North Carolina
    Just fyi, I just sold the exact same model iMac for $830 on eBay. I know it doesn't quite compare to $2500 but it will definitely soften the blow on getting a new model.

    As mentioned above, the 21.5 would make good sense if the 27 is crowding you a bit. I also suggest waiting until some more solid information is available on the potential for a 4k monitor as that would be a very nice machine.
  4. DracoDWS thread starter macrumors member


    Aug 1, 2013
  5. definitive macrumors 68000


    Aug 4, 2008
    To my understanding, the Radeon 4850 is faster than Iris 6200 in terms of performance. The 4850 GPU is a dedicated chip with its own RAM where the Iris is built into the CPU, and uses your system's resources to perform its tasks. I might be wrong, though as I've not seen any benchmark comparisons between the two cards, and I doubt they'll ever be released since the 4850 is such an old card, and hardly anyone ever benchmarks it anymore.

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