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macrumors 65816
Original poster
Oct 26, 2009
Down the rabbit hole
We've seen speculation about reduced glare and USB3 along with a thinner profile but wouldn't it be cool to have a graphics card built in? Thoughts?


macrumors 6502a
Oct 27, 2011
Highly doubtful. The next TB display will probably be announced alongside the new Mac Pro's. No need for a GPU there! Besides, GPU's are outdated quickly and Apple probably doesn't want to launch a "new" TB display every year.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 8, 2011
There wont be onboard graphics. The graphics card would be dated with years time making it tougher to sell later on too. Now external GPU, that's a different story!


macrumors 68040
You know that those cards are replaceable, and that the Thunderbolt-to-PCIe bridge won't likely outdate, no?

You could probably even fit regular PCIe cards, as the space isles constrained as in the iMac.

The problem would be to sell iMacs instead of Mac Minis with Thunderbolt displays, not the technology or distribution. You could even build those completely passive cooled, if you use the stack effect and the aluminum back as a heatsink.
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