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Is the better NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4GB GDDR5 worth it?

538 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 24, 2013 10:18 AM by Cartoonguy RSS
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Dec 24, 2013 6:30 AM

Just a year ago, having 2GB of video ram was considered pretty massive.  Now we can upgrade the standard iMac to this 4GB card (when ordering new).  Wondering if anyone has any views about whether or not I will notice any benefit in real world rather than benckmark tests, compared to the 775m card.  I will be using Final Cut Pro X, Photoshop, Aperture and some other graphics stuff, but no gaming to speak of and no 3D rendering.

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)

    If you are a home user and you will not use Final Cut Pro, Photoshop or Aperture for serious work, leave the included GPU. You do not need the upgraded GPU because you will probably not experience any difference.


    The difference may come with 1080p or even 4K videos in Final Cut Pro X and 3D rendering. Here's where you will experience better performance, even if it is a little only

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (29,570 points)

    With iMacs, like notebook computers, you cannot upgrade much of anything once you buy. So give your current AND future needs a good review before making a decision.

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)

    You need an experience from an user who has got that GPU to determine that. Anyway, you can be sure you will get better performance with that upgraded GPU even if it is small (this is the reason why you need a real experience), and what it is more important, your iMac may be useful for you for more years, an important thing in your case


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