iMac 2011 GPU replacment!!!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by prism, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. prism macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2006
  2. prism thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2006
    Ok, so I can safely assume nobody gives a rats a-s
  3. Dillus macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2012
    Just because there is an iMac with a geforce 6970 and it would physically fit into your iMac, I wouldn't automatically conclude that it is upgradeable. I remember reading an article about someone trying to upgrade their i5 iMac to an i7 processor, and failing, eventhough they were using exactly the same processor built into the i7 iMacs. Apple must have some kind of restriction in place to keep people from upgrading CPU, and the same may be true for GPU.
  4. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    iMac video cards can only be upgraded with the video card from the same screen size iMac or model. Example: A 21.5" mid 2010 iMac can be upgraded with a 21.5" 2011 iMac's video card or possible a 27" iMacs. But when going with a different screen size, the chances of the card fitting are rather low.
  5. appletechpro macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2012
  6. Flood123 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 28, 2009
    Living Stateside
    With a quick search all i was able to find were ebay links. Maybe ifixit can sell you one ? Might want to contact them to see if its even compatible with your current mac.
  7. joe-h2o macrumors 6502a

    Jun 24, 2012
    You can replace the CPU and GPU, but you'll want to use a card that was taken out of a donor iMac. Other MXM boards will fit, but without a Mac-specific ROM, the thing probably won't boot properly.

    If you can find an iMac-sourced 6970M on ebay though, it's more than possible to do.
  8. mojothemonkey macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2005
    Wow. I like to take computers apart, but those instructions are pretty hard core. What DONT you remove to get the GPU?

    While I'm as adventurous as the next tinkerer, I feel reassured knowing that any part I might screw up by static discharge, accidentally breaking a transistor, etc. can be replaced easily. Not so with an iMac. This is for living on the edge.
  9. prism thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2006
    Indeed, it seems to be a rather complicated procedure. Also not sure the 6970 would actually work considering it only comes with the larger form factor mac.
  10. blendermf macrumors member


    Sep 21, 2010
    Stratford, ON
    I don't plan on doing this myself, but my iMac's graphics card has stopped functioning correctly, and this gives me hope that they don't have to replace the whole computer (and hopefully my data can stay in tact).
  11. swordfish5736 macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2007
    opening them up seems intimidating but its really super easy. Just follow the instructions very closely the first time.
  12. kennyap macrumors regular

    Jul 14, 2012
    Cayman Islands
  13. cybert macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2012
    I upgraded my old iMac core duo with a core 2 duo cpu and it runs fine now as osx LION server!!

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