ATI 9200 or NVidia 5200?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by bodeh6, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. bodeh6 macrumors 6502a

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    Besides RAM, what are the main differences between the 12"/14" iBook's ATI Radeon 9200 and the 12" Powerbook's NVidia Geforce FX Go 5200? Anything in Tiger that would show a difference. I went to the mfg's websites and both have their own branding for different terms. I know that the NVidia is DX9 compliant and the ATI is 8.1 compatiable. Which GPU is faster, better?
     
  2. solvs macrumors 603

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    The FX5200 fully supports core image. The 9200 doesn't. Basically, you won't get the ripple effect in Dashboard. The 9200 isn't as good with games either.
     
  3. eXan macrumors 601

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    Dont say anything about DirectX. There's no such thing in Mac
     
  4. Platform macrumors 68030

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    As said, go with the 5200 fully Tiger compatible and a better chip generally ;)
     
  5. bodeh6 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well thanks for the responses. I am now planning on getting a 12" PB unless the iBook has some crazy update next week. Making the switch after almost exactly 10 years since my first PC 10 years ago to the beauty of OSX. The extra speed of the PB will allow it to last longer and will be faster at everyday tasks.
     
  6. eXan macrumors 601

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    Thats right! :thumpsup:
     
  7. Pankaj macrumors newbie

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    Screen rotation

    If you plan to use a LCD monitor and would like to rotate screen to Portrait mode, then, this is only possible in Powerbooks with ATI card not nvidia cards.

    So, while you will have the screen rotation feature in ibook and can also use screen spanning with another patch, you cannot have screen rotation in Powerbook 12inch.

    I don't think apple are planning to let the "NVROTATE" feature of Nvidia cards work on their macs...my post on apple frum was removed !!!

    Pankaj

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  8. eXan macrumors 601

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    Well its interesting!
     

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