Upgrading graphics in the new iMac's?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by CBGFilms, May 4, 2011.

  1. CBGFilms macrumors regular

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    I had an idea, in the iFixIt teardown they mentioned it is now possible to replace the graphics chips in the new iMac's, I would like to buy a base model iMac, £999. And then swap the graphics in for a AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics chip with 1GB or 2GB memory.

    But I can't find any chips online to buy? Can you not buy these?
     
  2. Lord Appleseed macrumors 6502a

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    You can find them, but its hard and they are expensive. Apart from that it is not a good idea to open an new iMac and void the warranty by messing around with the internals.
     
  3. CBGFilms thread starter macrumors regular

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    Good points, thought it might of been a long shot! Just wish I could have an awesome 2GB graphics in a base £999 iMac!
     
  4. thedarkhorse macrumors 6502a

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    Laptop GPU's aren't really widely available for sale like desktop GPUs, if you do find one get ready to pay a steep price as they are intended to be replacements for defective/broken parts in gaming laptops.
     
  5. Lord Appleseed macrumors 6502a

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    Well you might find the GPU somewhere online later this year, but will it have the mac bios...?
     
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