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    Feb 13, 2011
    Play Crysis 2 on a iMac via External Graphic Card
    So I'm new to Mac and I got an iMac 21,
    I'm running Win 7 and uses it mostly to play games..
    I'm currently playing Crysis without any big problems however Crysis 2 is due to be dropped soon and I dont think it will run on my iMac Mid 2010 21.5

    I checked if it's possible to run Crysis 2 on "Can You Run It?" and it says I cant due to my Graphic Card

    Minimum: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB of memory or higher; ATI/AMD Radeon HD 3850 512Mb RAM or higher
    You Have: ATI Radeon HD 4670

    Is it possible to upgrade my graphic card, preferably to Nvidia if not Nvidia to ATI Radeon (higher than ATI R 4670)
    And if it's not possible to upgrade my Graphic card can I use an External Graphic Card?

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    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    You can't upgrade the graphics card in your iMac as it's integrated (soldered) on the logic board. Actually, surface mounted.

    I can't answer your question about an external graphics card though, perhaps someone here who has used one can answer.

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    CrimsonRequiem's Avatar
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    Jul 24, 2008
    MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
    Seems like this question as been asked before on Apples discussion page.

    Doesn't seem very promising. >_<"

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    Dec 20, 2006
    Lake Mary, Florida
    15" MBP, Core i7/2GHz, 8GB RAM, 480GB Crucial M500 SSD
    External video cards are severely inhibited by the bandwidth of the external bus. An internal, PCI-e card is going to be an order of magnitude faster than something attached via the comparatively feeble USB bus.

    What external cards are useful for is massive multi-monitor setups, but that's about it.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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