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KreatorOvWorldz
09-04-2004, 12:02 AM
this is kinda interesting, apple's never done this before, looks like the imac is user self-service able, you can replace all these parts in the future.

Think you need a new part? You can replace many of your iMac G5's parts yourself.

The iMac G5 is designed to make it easy for you to install replacement parts if you need to. The parts you can install yourself are:

AirPort Extreme Card

Memory - DDR 400 MHz (PC3200) SDRAM

Hard drive

Optical drive

Power supply

LCD display

Modem card

Mid-plane assembly (contains the main logic board, the G5 processor, fans, NVIDIA graphics processor, and so forth).

they arent known for allowing this sort of thing at all, especially the mainboard and cpu..
This is an interesting new direction for them, not happy with you iMac's video card, your might indeed have the option of swapping it out in the near future, along with pretty much everything else.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86812
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=86815

Lasha07
09-04-2004, 06:21 AM
Yea! I know! This is one of the most innovative designs for a computer that has ever existed! You can do such things as this in other "one-piece" computers.

I do have one question though. Since the computer has 8X AGP support, can you take out FX5200 ultra and put in a better AGP card? Or does it have to be specially designed for the new iMac or something?

KreatorOvWorldz
09-04-2004, 08:36 AM
not sure if the video is soldered onto the logic board, or a daughtercard attached to the logic board. So i dont know if you would have to replace the whole logic board to upgrade the video, or if it would be just the video chip. Will have to wait till Apple prints service manuals to find out.

jeroentje
09-04-2004, 09:23 AM
I have replaced the memmory of a little orange iMac some time ago. It took me 4 hours to take the thing apart and get it back together again.

This looks a lot easier indeed:
http://images.apple.com/imac/images/designopenanim20040831.gif

Fahad
09-04-2004, 12:11 PM
I do have one question though. Since the computer has 8X AGP support, can you take out FX5200 ultra and put in a better AGP card? Or does it have to be specially designed for the new iMac or something?
I certainly hope so, then you can get an imac and pop in a radeon 9800xt ... i doubt the geforce 6800 will be able to fit in there .... but still with a 9800xt ... i can save a lot on not getting a dual processor powermac+display

beaker
09-04-2004, 07:52 PM
Here are some other pictures of the inside of the imac G5:
http://news.com.com/iMac+G5+in+pictures/2009-1042_3-5331807.html?tag=st.rc.targ_mb

Its still hard to tell if the video card is removable at all. Thing is a soldered on video card is most likely since that is a more economic solution for a consumer machine and will fit in a smaller space.

KreatorOvWorldz
09-04-2004, 09:12 PM
i wouldnt count on ATI or Nvidia offering replacement cards for iMac. If such a replacement program did exist, it would be offered by Apple, or possibly a third-party specializing in mac upgrades.

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