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Model A1419 / Late 2012 / 2.9 & 3.2 GHz Core i5 or 3.4 GHz Core i7 Processor, ID iMac13,2

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Is is possible to fit an external graphics card to my iMac

I would like to fit the ATI Firepro V8800 to my new imac i7 27" 3.4mhz. Possibly housed in a separate box connected with a cable through a hole in the memory cover positioned at the bottom of the display. Can this be done?

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I won't say it can't be done--almost anything can if throw enough money at it. You would be better off if you need that kind of card to sell your imac and buy a MacPRO. At that you will need to find a way to flash the card to make it work in a Mac. Cards like the Firepro are designed to work in high end Windows machines in my experience. If you decide to try it please keep us in the loop so we can see how it comes out and for what cost. Good luck.

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Longer answer.


+ I completely concur


i assumed with sandy bridge in the brand new iMac models and no PCIE slot, and if it could deliver the extra 225W that card requires it couldn't be done? (this is how i arrived at my answer) or is the latter part of this answer directed at working with a MacPro? ...... just looking for clarification, since i have been wrong before and would like to know if i am.


Brian your answer is correct--I did a longer answer explaining why in my opinion it was not practical to do what the OP wanted. Having built a number of Windows machines I mentioned a high end card was best suited to a high end Windows machine. It is sometimes possible to flash a card and use it in a Mac Pro but the power requirements of this card are so high I don't believe it would work in a Mac Pro either.


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short answer no.

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