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iMacs and Mac minis to use NVIDIA chips?
Friday, December 19, 2008 - 8:22 PM EST
Posted by: Brian

Well, it looks like the next iMac and Mac mini models could in fact use the NVIDIA MCP79 chipset. According to reports, a member of the InsanelyMac forums was recently looking through the extension files that ship with the latest MacBooks and MacBooks Pros and discovered references to a "Macmini3,1" and "iMac9,1." The current Mac minis and iMacs carry the model numbers of "Macmini2,1" and "iMac8,1" in similar files on older Macs, so this would represent new models. A specific configuration file also contains the string "CFG_MCP79" with these new model numbers, which refers to the NVIDIA MCP79 chipset. The picture below shows the relevant lines from this file.

Throw this news on top of reports from our friends over at Macminicolo and Wired, some stuff we've heard around here and there, and things are looking good for desktop updates at Macworld. It also seems very likely they will use the NVIDIA MCP79 chipset. That being said, nothing is set in stone. We'll just have to wait until Mr. Schiller takes the stage on January 6th.

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