Upgrade iMac 24" GPU from 2600 to 8800?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by craig1410, Aug 31, 2009.

  1. craig1410 macrumors 65816

    craig1410

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    Hi,
    I know there is no official way to do this as iMac's are not upgradeable etc but as an experienced computer techie I am 100% comfortable with disassembly for hard drive replacement, logic board replacement etc.

    So, with that out of the way, can anyone tell me if it is possible to upgrade the GPU on a 24" 2.4GHz August 2007 iMac from the 2600 to the Nvidia 8800GS. If so, is this a GPU swap alone or is it a complete logic board swap which is required? Any other parts required? Any issues with the machine getting confused about which hardware it's running when doing software updates etc.?

    I am hoping to be able to make use of the OpenCL stuff in Snow Leopard so I am evaluating my options. If the GPU could be swapped then I would look for a 2nd hand logic board or GPU board and upgrade it myself but I'd like to know if anyone has done this before first.

    Many thanks,
    Craig.
     
  2. Verceti87 macrumors newbie

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  3. ayeying macrumors 601

    ayeying

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    The 2600 is a seperate video card on my dad's iMac.
     

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