Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1

    Member Since
    Jun 06, 2012
    Graphics cards on new iMacs
    i am looking at the 21.5" or the 27" the seller is size yes but price as well.. is it really worth the money to have the bigger screen and better graphics card? i agree with the screen parts obvs but i am curious is there that much diff from the
    GT 650M 512MB to the GTX 660M with 512MB / GTX 675MX with 1GB
    mostly will be used on games like mmo etc i am leaning more towards the 27" with upgraded ram but is it really worth it for the graphics card? if not i may just save alot of money and get a 21.5 with upgrades.. if its not worth it just for games. I also realize games will need more memory and graphics power in the future.. just stuck in a hard spot. Opinions?

  2. #2

    mrplow's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 01, 2007
    Mac Mini i5 (2014 High Sierra), iPhone X, Apple Watch, iPad Pro 12.9, AppleTV (4)
    Start here:
    Computer Games on Laptop Graphic Cards - Tech

    It'll give you a good insight into comparative performance, as well as real-world game performance examples

    Please use the reputation system if you think you've been helped - bottom left of this post

  3. #3

    baggss's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 10, 2004
    3.4 Ghz i7 27 in iMac (2012), 3.4 Ghz i7 MacBook Pro (2015), iPad Pro (2014), iPhone 6+
    Here are a few things to keep in mind:

    -The graphics card upgrade from Apple is relativley cheap ($135) but you can't upgrade the card yourself on any model iMac. What you get is what you have for the life of the machine.

    -The RAM is upgradable on the 27 and you can slap an extra 8Gb in there for less than $65, I just did this to my brand new 27 iMac.

    -The Graphics card upgrade provides you with some kind of "future proofing" to a certain extent and will likely extend the useful life of the machine. This is never a bad thing.

    -Lastly, my standard advice. Always buy the most machine you can afford. If you can afford the card and then get extra RAM, do both (don't buy RAM from Apple, buy it 3rd party, it's cheaper). If you can only do 1 right now, get the card, you can get RAM later.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. New iMacs - Graphics
    By chscag in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 59
    Last Post: 10-02-2013, 07:52 PM
  2. Graphics Cards
    By Mercedes1787 in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-01-2010, 01:51 PM
  3. Can you upgrade the video cards on the new iMacs
    By Wolfmann in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 12-16-2009, 11:30 PM
  4. New iMacs GPU cards... Difference?
    By ARJ8138 in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 06-03-2008, 12:57 PM
  5. Graphics Cards
    By Adam in forum Apple Desktops
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-08-2006, 11:19 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts