GeForce 440 Go vs. Radeon 9000

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  1. Megaquad macrumors 6502a

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    Ok I'm back...

    Looks like that article was wrong. That compared the latest chip from NVIDIA (the GeForce4 4200) which preforms much better than the Radeon 9000, with a power cost.

    As for comparing the NVIDIA GeForce4 440 Go with the Radeon 9000, this truly was a step backwards. The Radeon was released a mere months ago, whereas the GeForce4 440 Go was released almost a year ago...old technology. Here's a more relavent comparison:

    http://www.anandtech.com/mobile/showdoc.html?i=1692

    A quote from the review:
    So even tho' its old tech...its not all that bad. Seems at times just "trivially slower"...I can live with that. ;)
     
  3. Megaquad thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    fascinating...
    GeForce 440 Go is about twice as slow as 4200 Go.

    That means - NO POWERBOOK FOR ME!! :mad:
     
  4. mmmdreg macrumors 65816

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    so umm..why did they put the 440 in the 17inch if the one in the 15'er is "better"?
     
  5. benixau macrumors 65816

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    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    to cut costs.

    nvidia gives apple a discount at the factory if it uses its cards.

    ati can not yet compete. the fact is that nvidia cards anyway are cheaper as there are a lot more of them.

    apple wanted to bring costs down as much as possible. also nvidia is likely to be releasing it own programming language for games. this is already supported by microsoft (xbox = nvidia) and i guess apple wanted nvidia to share it with them and the mac community too.

    shame. i always liked ati.
     
  6. mmmdreg macrumors 65816

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    so the 15inch powerbook is actually better than the 17inch graphics wise..
     
  7. hvfsl macrumors 68000

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    Apple had better use the Radeon 9000m or Nvidia 4200m when they upgrade the 15in models or I will not get one. I have been waiting to upgrade but I am not going to get a computer with old tec (graphics wise). Otherwise the new Powerbooks are great!
     
  8. BenRoethig macrumors 68030

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    Rumor has it, the GPU on the 17" and maybe even the 12" are on a seperate module. If this is true, the Geforce4 Go 440 may be the entry level GPU. Radeon 9000 Mobility and Geforce4 Go 4200 become options in the near future. Probably when the 15" Powerbooks are updated to the 17" architecture.
     
  9. iJon macrumors 604

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    i know everyone will disagree with me on this one but I could care less if we have the best video card. it just means more money the powerbook will cost and then you have a computer that sucks at games anyways. i tried mohaa and jedi knight on my powermac mdd and the graphics are terrible and fps. luckily im one of those guys who has a pc for games and my mac for everyone else. maybe if someone got an equvilent port of battlefield 1942 to the mac i may could play at my mac instead. i dont count on it happening.

    iJon
     
  10. Megaquad thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Xbench tests have proven that new 17" Powerbooks are faster in OpenGL then 15".
    Looks like we dont have to worry...
     
  11. fudgey macrumors newbie

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    Old gnarly veterans have found that regardless of chipset, driver quality makes a big impact...

    I assume that in time the newer Radeon 9000 will get faster as ATI release revised firmware & drivers.

    I'm drivin' an 'old' iBook 300Mhz using 10.2.3 - too afraid to buy a replacement for it cause the platform is stagnating IMHO & anything I buy from Apple now is gonna look sick in no time.
     

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