Is the ATI Mobility Radeon 9550 a good video card?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by BlizzardWolf, Oct 24, 2005.

  1. BlizzardWolf macrumors member

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    My sister in college is thinking about getting an 14" iBook with the 32mb ATI Mobility Radeon 9550 video card....

    Her current Dell notebook has a 32mb XGI Volari XP5 video card.

    Is the ATI mobility radeon better than the XGI volari xp5?


    Right now she's experiencing lag with 1.25gb of ram on her dell. The screen lags when scrolling really fast (which is probably due to the video card)

    Will the IBook have this problem?

    Thanks for all help!

    also, is the ibook very good at multitasking and running a lot of programs at once?
     
  2. rccola70 macrumors regular

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    I don't know much about the chipset, but the amount of VRAM, 32mb..thats not enough for CoreImage...I don't think.

    As far as multitasking and running a lot of programs, just get as much RAM as you possibly can.

    More RAM = more programs.
     
  3. BlizzardWolf thread starter macrumors member

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    So you're saying the ATI Radeon is a crappy video card since it can't even run CoreImage?
     
  4. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    the 9550 IS core image capable. video memory has nothing to do with core image capability although 64mb helps (rev a 12" powerbooks with 32mb vram are core image capable) and a 9550 is heaps better than a volari xp5
     
  5. BlizzardWolf thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm sorry but i have no idea what core image is,,, can you explain it?
     
  6. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    the 9550 is not bad, but it's not amazing. It's a lot better than what's in your sister's dell, the 9200 that used to be in the ibook, and the 5200go in the 12" powerbook. 32 MB is not that much, but unless she plays a lot of games or renders video, it shouldn't matter - it will be more than capable for everyday use.
     
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