iMac Discrete Graphics

Discussion in 'iMac' started by deanbo, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. deanbo macrumors regular

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    Does this mean that the GPU is no longer soldered to the motherboard and can be upgraded like any other graphics card? If so, why no options for GPU on the online store?
     
  2. powerbook911 macrumors 68040

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    No, sadly it does not mean that. The iMacs are still a very tight package with the chip modified for their configuration.

    The discrete graphics simply means you aren't stuck with the much slower intel integrated graphics.
     
  3. bolen macrumors 6502

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    Discrete graphics means that the GPU is on a separate chip but most importantly it has dedicated memory. Integrated chips share the (slower) RAM with the CPU.
     

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