Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New ThunderBolt iMacs Come With Swappable Graphic Cards


Boy, oh boy, now that didn't take very long, did it? Yuppers, the fine folks over at iFixit have just taken apart another product for a closer look see, and this time it was the brand-spanking new 21.5 inch iMac that was just released yesterday.

As you can see, from iFix's photo above, there is a lot more to the insides of an iMac than what we are used to seeing from its clean and sexy outside, but most interestingly, as pointed out by AppleInsider, one of the most interesting things that iFixit may have discovered about the latest iMac is, and I quote:

"A look inside Apple's new 21.5-inch, Thunderbolt-equipped iMac desktop discovered the ability to swap out the graphics processing unit board for a new one.

"With a bit of magic, the GPU heat sink detaches from the logic board, exposing the AMD GPU board," the solutions provider said. "You heard that right, folks -- you don't have to replace the entire logic board if your GPU explodes from too much l33t gaming. You can just swap out the GPU board for another one."

This is a big change from past iMacs when you were stuck with whatever Apple's original iMac came with, and you needed to change the entire mother board if the graphic component failed. Of course, not that most people would ever really need to change their original graphic card since most of them are more than up to snuff for the vast majority of things that they'll ever do and were fairly reliable, but it's still rather nice to know that if you ever have the hankering to so, well, at least on the new 21.5 inch ThunderBolt equipped models, and presumably the 27 inchers as well, you'll now have that option.

In conclusion, since I'm now saving up my pennies for the top-end 27 inch model, I'm really quite ecstatic to read about this change to the graphic board, and in the meantime, if your like me and you just love exploring more of these things out for yourself, then by all means, head on over and check out all the goodness of iFixit's cool and full iMac tear-down here.



And that's my 2 cents 4 this Wednesday, May 04, 2011

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