Upgrade 2013 iMac 27 screen to 5k

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

  1. buster84 macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2013
    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


    Oct 17, 2014
    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

    Oct 7, 2013
    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


    May 10, 2012
    San Francisco
    That would be an impressive magic trick, sure it would've hypothetically put a dent in the 5K's sales

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