Currently Being ModeratedFeb 4, 2013 4:10 PM (in response to Teut)
I finally bought Teut's graphics card and succesfully updated my iMac 2009 with an ATI HD 4670 256Mb to his ATI HD 4850 512Mb.
All the process went straight forward, the only problem was the sync ribbon LCD cable which is anything but tough. I had to straighten it a bit with a pair of tweezers before I put it back. Watch out with it!
Regards and thanks to Teut!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 6, 2013 12:47 AM (in response to Mr_majzoo)
I didn't want to upgrade it because of games, just for a better performance when working with Aperture, Photoshop, Adobe Premier...and for smoother animations in Mission Control or Launch pad.
It definately performs much much better.
PD: Starcraft II now runs quite smooth on ULTRA graphic settings at 1080p
Currently Being ModeratedMar 24, 2013 3:42 PM (in response to Escarcha)
Hey, well done brave move! Did you get the Mercury playback engine on Premiere Pro CS6 running with OpenCL acceleration on the 4850 at all?
Be very interested to know as I might do the same upgrade myself.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 15, 2013 4:22 PM (in response to alanpro)
Awesome find, this thread. I still have a iMac 27" late 2009 3.06 C2D that needs a new video card. The old one malfunctions (AHT points out graphics card).
Does anyone still have a 4850 or better lying around? They seem rather expensive on the web (and non available for the 4850).
I'm located within Europe (Dutch)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 15, 2013 10:27 PM (in response to StefanKuijl)
Currently Being ModeratedMay 15, 2013 11:48 PM (in response to Teut)
Thanks for the quick and prompt response. Yes, I tried there since I ordered stuff before from that website.
The 4850 is out of stock (it has been for a while) so I can't seem to order that one.
They only in stock video card that reasonavly prices is the ATI Radeon 5670 512MB for €170 inc. VAT.
However, I wonder what the gain is with this card. I need a new card either way.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2013 12:11 AM (in response to StefanKuijl)
I went from a 4850 to a 6670 but the gains in performance were not as extreme as I hoped.
Without overclocking, I got a nice 20% FPS increase, but the biggest thing was how much cooler my machine ran due to the change in die size of the new GPU.
All in all, pleased, but still think I should have bought a slightly more expensive card with 1g of VRAM on ebay.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 16, 2013 4:09 AM (in response to StefanKuijl)
StefanKuijl , i still have my HD4850 512 MB from my imac Late 2009 ( i7 860) , I could sell you at a good price . It works perfectly in very good condition, i have replaced it with a HD6970M 2GB .
Please contact me if you are interressted, i live in France (Elsass), and it is easy and fast to ship it to Deutschland.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 25, 2013 8:34 AM (in response to StefanKuijl)
Have you found a reseller in europe for theses cards (ideally in France), or someone selling one ?
I would like to upgrade my late 2009 iMac (512Mo card to a 2Go).
Thanks a lot !
Currently Being ModeratedMay 25, 2013 8:57 AM (in response to Kinoulou)
I purchased the HD4850 from Youpala and it's currently on it's way. As for resellers, only www.thebookyard.com should be able to help.
I installed 16Gbs of RAM and a 256GB Samsung 840 SSD in my iMac. With the HD4850, I'm satisfied. It still remains a 3.06C2D, but I only use it for general basic tasks.