Easy to swap out the graphics card?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by AdamA9, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. AdamA9 macrumors 6502a

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    I have a late 2009 iMac 21.5in 3.06GHz. I've ordered some RAM to upgrade to 8GB as I find it is running slow when I have a few apps open at once. But I've also noticed that it's sluggish when gaming on the current graphics card. Are they relatively easy to upgrade? Could I do this myself or should I ask Apple to do it for me? Has anyone swapped out their graphics card on a late 2009 model?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Puevlo macrumors 6502a

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    Extremely difficult. Nobody authorised will upgrade it for you either.
     
  3. AdamA9 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ah okay, so my only choice is to buy a new iMac?
     
  4. chevalier433 macrumors 6502a

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    If your models graphics card is not soldered on logic board its possible
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    But even if you can physically swap the graphics card, that doesn't mean you will have the right Mac firmware plus an OSx driver for it.
     
  6. chevalier433 macrumors 6502a

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    You add a graphic card of the same iMac model family A1312 in particular case.Some people have success put 6970M but i think his card is solder in the mobo and only in the 27" model can be done.
     
  7. AdamA9 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay thanks for the replies guys. I guess I'll be buying another one then...
     

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