Difference between graphics cards?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by alexf, Apr 27, 2004.

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    alexf

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    Practically speaking, what is the difference between the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra and the ATI Radeon 9600 Pro?

    I have heard a lot of talk about how the former is far inferior to the latter, but on a practical level, where would I see the difference?

    I am a Web designer with a G5 1.6 GHz, working on dual Apple 17" studio displays. I don't play any games and the primary applications that I use are Photoshop, Illustrator, GoLive, Flash, and the iLife suite. What would I notice were I to upgrade my card from the NVIDIA to the Radeon?
     
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    topicolo

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    Not much actually. All the graphic chips in the last 2-3 generations have pretty much reached the apex of 2D performance so you would notice almost nothing in terms of 2D speed. Now if you somehow got a Geforce 6800, you would be able to get hardware MPEG4 encoding and decoding, which is pretty amazing if applications take advantage of them.
     
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    alexf

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    So then why is everyone complaining about the graphics cards currently in the G5s (at least the base models)?
     
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    chasingapple

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    Mostly people that like to play videogames on the computer whine about the graphics cards. I think they should just go get a gamecube or xbox or something, they do it better anyway.
     

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