20" iMac - 128MB or 256MB Graphics?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Kimi, Aug 6, 2006.

  1. Kimi macrumors regular

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    Friends looking to get a Mac to play some games (Bootcamp style) to take to uni (gameing rig staying at home, shares with brother so can't take it). Would the 256MB be worth the up-grade at £50 or not?
     
  2. netdog macrumors 603

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    If I had wanted to wait, I probably would have bought the extra VRAM, but honestly, I keep a huge amount of windows and programs open, and display update has never been an issue. For games, some Pro app and even Vista and perhaps Leopard, however, the 256 may be useful in not too long. Your friend may also want to see what Steve announces tomorrow. Conroe? 512MB VRAM? Maybe.
     
  3. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    The X1600 is a quite weak graphics card so in real-world apps and games, the advantage of going from 128MB to 256MB is only about 3 - 5%. I would only suggest the 256MB if you will use it in a dual-monitor mode. But I do agree with waiting a day. You never know what'll happen although a Sept update seems more likely.
     
  4. Kimi thread starter macrumors regular

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    He'll be waiting for tomorrow to see what comes around, that's for sure. I didn't think about it it. I was thinking new Mac Pros, Leopard and an iPod would be most of it; didn't think the iMacs would be touched until January...

    Anyways, if they are updated I'll have a new topic with a new question. As of now, not worth it.
     
  5. netdog macrumors 603

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    The iMac is Merom compatible already, so as soon as Apple has a good supply of the chips, they'll be in there, whether he announces those plans tomorrow or not. This will instantly differentiate it from the eMac as well, while keep it clearly slower than the Pro Mac.
     
  6. mklos macrumors 68000

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    Ummm....Apple doesn't make the eMac anymore....

    Unless you meant the Educational Intel iMac?
     
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