Upcoming iMac Graphics

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Appleaker, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    The desktop Kaby Lake processors will be released later this year but AMD hasn't given any information regarding Polaris GPUs. Apple could:
    • Keep the same GPU options.
    • Use the re-branded 300 series GPUs (however there are only 3).
    • Use Nvidia.
    • Announce it and release it later this year/next year.
    • Announce it at the March event next year.

    I hope they use Nvidia as the iMac will truly have a desktop GPU, however I don't mind waiting until next year as long as the graphics are upgraded. Since we are due for a redesign, it seems likely that they'll upgrade to the 14nm GPUs in order to allow for the new design.
  2. nss_gabriele macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2016
    Whichever they choose (and I'd prefer Nvidia, but Polaris is fine too) I hope they explain their plans soon (like, today).
  3. coocooforcocoap macrumors 6502


    Sep 22, 2007
    kathmandu, nepal
    I'm going MS Studio unless the new iMac is unveiled with articulating arm and touch. I'm already running a 2012 iMac with a dell touch screen that folds down for WIN 10 - a bit of a kluge. Looking for something better.
  4. Firebrand macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2016
    Indications are clearly leaning towards Polaris.
    E.g. (rumored) Polaris is more mainstream than the more expensive high-end/gaming (= atypical Apple) Vega.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    They won't. They're in bed with AMD now and so we won't be seeing any nvidia gpus in Macs any time soon
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    They will have the latest AMD Polaris GPU's that fit within its thermal limits it's that simple!!
  7. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    I think you might want to consider placing your order now. To the best of my knowledge there is no touch functionality in the Sierra code nor would they make the iMac the first touch device (much less of a market then laptops).

    MS Studio isn't competition for the iMac, that is an entirely different product altogether.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 10, 2016 ---
    Lets not completely rule out Vega.
  8. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Why not it's a massive high end gaming card unlikely to fit within the thermal limits of an iMac??
  9. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    Vega is there GPU line. There'll be a time when Polaris and Vega don't co exist.
  10. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Prepare to be disappointed they aren't releasing anything vega suitable suitable for an iMac for the foreseeable future and as they have barely got their Polaris cards out and 2016 has nearly finished I think anything but vega flagship professional GPU's are unlikely before the end of 2017.
  11. yellowscreen, Nov 10, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2016

    yellowscreen macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2015
  12. Appleaker thread starter macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    I know that, I said "hope". They probably won't go to Nvidia for a few years. AMD give them better prices and less heat, that's all Apple care about.
  13. Brookzy, Nov 13, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2016

    Brookzy macrumors 601


    May 30, 2010
    Do you guys think the graphics in the 2017 iMac will support two external 5K displays in addition to its built in one?

    I suppose if the 450/455/460 that's in the new MacBook Pro could theoretically power three 5Ks then that's a yes. Anyone know if it could?

    It's been my dream since the 5K iMac launched to have three 5K displays on my desk. It doesn't look like Apple will provide us that, so the LG displays will have to do.

    However the 25% discount on them is only for the rest of this year, so if it looks probable that the 2016 iMac will run two 5K externals, I'll need to buy them while the discount is on and leave them in the closet for a few months!

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