Video Card Scam?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Jimmy Guphanti, May 7, 2011.

  1. Jimmy Guphanti macrumors 6502

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    If you look at the MacBook Pro 17 inch:
    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/macbook_pro?aid=AIC-WWW-NAUS-K2-BUYNOW-MACBOOKPRO-INDEX&cp=BUYNOW-MACBOOKPRO-INDEX

    Notice that it has a AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 1GB GDDR5

    Now look at the iMac entry model

    http://store.apple.com/us/browse/home/shop_mac/family/imac/select?mco=MjIwNTQyNjE

    Notice that it has a AMD Radeon HD 6750M with 512MB

    This has the same video card chipset AMD Radeon HD 6750M. The only the difference is the VRAM. You would think that the same chipset would have the same VRAM. I think that Apple is somehow restricting the available VRAM on the iMac in their EFI or something that you may be able to modify to get the higher VRAM, to make you buy the high end model if you want the card. Maybe I just discovered something, or maybe that chipset comes in different sizes and I am an idiot. What do you guys think?
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    You're not an idiot, it simply comes with different amounts of VRAM. For example, last year's MBPs all had the same GT 330M, but the low and middle 15" had 256MB, while the high end had 512MB, and I believe all the 17" models had 512MB as well.
     
  3. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    gpus have different amounts of ram all the time. it's just marketing.
     
  4. TheUndertow macrumors 6502

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    ....and not exclusive to Apple (really it's AMD and Nvidia)
     
  5. Jimmy Guphanti thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Okay that's a relief! I'm just making sure. Thanks!
     
  6. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

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    This is a "scam" like Coca-Cola selling bottles and cans is a "scam".

    It's product differentiation, mate. One does this, one does that. One costs x, one costs y.


    Chillax, brother. The X Files finished years ago...
     
  7. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Hes probably not even old enough to get that.
     
  8. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

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    There's always Wikipedia...

    ... besides, it's a great show. If my 'wry aside' makes him check it out, I'll be happy with my work here.
     
  9. Diesel-Benz macrumors member

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    Agreed.
     

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