New iMac with desktop GPU ???

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Jay9495, May 22, 2012.

  1. Jay9495 macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2011
    Melbourne Australia
    So I know what your thinking "there's no room" "it can't fit" well, let me ask you something.
    What are we waiting for ?
    Retina ?
    No, and I'm 100% sure apple are not stupid enough to put a mobile GPU with retina, unless it's a really really good one like for example this years version of the AMD 6990m, and if they don't you won't be able to do any graphic intensive stuff, which will be a real buzz kill.

    And the "new" iPad got a nice fresh retina screen, and guess what ?
    They upgraded the GPU to support it, so it only makes sense to do this with the iMac, and if it does in fact have retina, I have a feeling we iMac lovers are all in for something big this year.

    And so it's not today so perhaps WWDC ???

    Post your thoughts below.
  2. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Do you really need another thread about this? There are like 5 already...
  3. Smartie macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2012
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Are you sure this thread was necessary and your great thinking did not fit into any of all the threads about a 2012 iMac?

  4. Jay9495 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2011
    Melbourne Australia
    Thanks for the posts, but I haven't seen any posts about there being a desktop GPU in the iMac, except for the general discussion thread which is way way too long now. :)
  5. iMacFarlane macrumors 65816


    Apr 5, 2012
    Adrift in a sea of possibilities
    What, 2.01 KiloPosts? Some light reading, for sure.
  6. beosound3200 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 23, 2010
    the only thing they can do is to put 7970m into crossfire. thats exactly what they did with the ipad, maybe they'll do it with the imac too...
  7. Jay9495 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2011
    Melbourne Australia
  8. AcesHigh87 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2009
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Your stated the points right off the bat. Have you ever seen a desktop GPU? They are, on average, nearly 5 inches thick because they need a dedicated fan to cool them. That's wider than the entire iMac. Apple is not going to sacrifice the look of their computers to fit in a little extra power because, to be honest, Desktop GPU's don't massively increase the power output for 95% of users.
  9. 88 King macrumors 6502

    88 King

    Jun 18, 2011
    London, UK
    That and the high end desktop GPU can use as much power as the whole imac is rated for (close to 300W).

    It will be like fitting the current ipad SOC in the 3.5" iphone, the whole thing will over heat in 30 mins, that is if the battery don't get used up first.
  10. Fynd macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
    To be honest, with the 7970m in existence, I don't see the point. They'd never use anything like a GTX 670 or 680 in their lineup anyway, and the 7970m is essentially a 7850 desktop card.
  11. Treebs macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2012
    Apple is dying without Steve

    Its unfortunate but as we see these extended release dates and disappointing product improvements I can only be left thinking that perhaps Apple is dying.

    In order to be the best at innovation you usually have to be first to the market, many of the new features of ios are stolen from Android. I want my old Apple back, the company that would blow me away with their product releases. It wasn't even just the product design but how the product could change your life. My first Mac was a iisi which had an 80 mb hard drive and I've never bought anything but Mac computers since. I want to believe that I'm going to be blown away with their new ivy bridge machines but it's getting hard to get excited after seeing the last 4 products released by apple. I own them all and Siri is an incompetent assistant, apple tv bored me after an hour, I can't see the difference between retina iPad and my 2. My iMac is just a desktop computer that is solid but uncapable of being the best in its field for anything other than its exterior design.

    Yes I know that Apple is the top company in the world but for how long if they don't continue to innovate like the top company in the world. All of these lawsuits make me think that apple is running out of ideas and desperately trying to prevent the others from catching up. It would be nice if they would continue their old tradition of being so far ahead that you don't have to worry about the competition ever catching up.

    Apple needs another mastermind that could see into others lives and give the people what they really need and want. Apple please get your act together and finish working on my Ivy Bridge IMac with more to impress us with than Siri and retina anti glare screens. Btw don't make it touch, it's absolutely stupid for a desktop computer. Plus I don't want to have to constantly have to clean a 27 inch screen because my wife is anal about being clean. Frames per second for gaming at a super high level with retina may interest a lot of people.

    Good Luck Apple
    Get well soon.
  12. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Na, I don't thing so. While I too think that Apple should start taking more risks in the software innovation (a new file system is long overdue, as is OpenGL 4.1), the hardware it offers is still top-notch. And its only recently that iMacs and MBPs started seeing serious GPU options. Last year's iMac release was late as well. I am sure that is a compelling reason for that.

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