ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro vs NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GS

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tongzilla, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Is the NVIDIA graphics card (24" model) in the new iMac that much better than the ATI (24" model) one?

    Will I notice the difference?

    This will help me decide whether I get the maxed out version of the new iMac or the second best one (both 24").

    Thanks!
     
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    Eidorian

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    #2
    What do you plan on using the iMac for? Keep in mind the base 24" model can be upgraded with the 8800 GS.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    For all the usual stuff (work, email, music, surfing), photo and video editing/encoding. I have lots of applications open at the same time.

    Is it cheaper to buy the base 24" model and upgrade to 8800 GS myself?

    But I thought the 8800 GS cannot be bought separately, since it's made specially for apple.
     
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    Muncher

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    It's actually an underclocked 2600 xt. If you go to http://www.gpureview.com/show_cards.php you'll see the difference. Keep in mind we have no idea what apple did to the 8800's clock speeds.
     
  5. macrumors 6502

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    hmm, rather than start a new thread...

    I'm having trouble deciding between a 2.8 updated with an 8800, or the 3.0, the difference is pretty significant, in the region of £250

    i think i can manage on 320 gigs for system/apps/music, i'd be using external drives for everything else
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

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    I'm in a similar boat. The HD space is almost a non issue. You can upgrade to 1TB from OWC... same for RAM,

    but I'm trying to decide of the 8800 + more processing speed is worth the $400 price bump.
     
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