Upgrade 2013 iMac 27 screen to 5k

Discussion in 'iMac' started by buster84, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. buster84 macrumors 6502

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    i have a late 2013 iMac that fully decked out with the 3.5 I7 and 4GB video card, nvidia I believe (I'm not at home). I've been wanting to upgrade to a 5k retina iMac but since I already have a really nice machine it feels like a waste. I saw 5k retina panels on eBay for around $400 and thought about buying one to swap out with mine.

    Does anyone know if it's compatible? If someone did it, is there a write up somewhere?
     
  2. redheeler macrumors 603

    redheeler

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    No, the display data connector is physically incompatible. The one on the 5K was made wider to drive the extra pixels.
     
  3. buster84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Dam that sucks. Well then maybe I'll just get a 5k thunderbolt screen and keep my 12 core Mac Pro (and upgrade video card) I was planning to sell and use them together sell my iMac when the screen becomes available.
     
  4. varian55zx macrumors 6502a

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    That would be an impressive magic trick, sure it would've hypothetically put a dent in the 5K's sales
     

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