Powerbook gpu vs. imac gpu

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by CaptainCaveMann, Dec 14, 2004.

  1. CaptainCaveMann macrumors 68000

    CaptainCaveMann

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    Whats the difference between the nvidia card in the iMac and the ati card in the powerbook? Im thinking probably battery life for portability? Is there any difference in their graphics capability or speed? Is one better than the other for graphic design?
     
  2. Simon Liquid macrumors regular

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    You're correct, battery life is a major consideration for portable video cards. They're also engineered to be smaller and output less heat-it's easier to get rid of a lot of heat in a big system.

    It all adds up to portable video cards being not quite competitive with their desktop counterparts. If you go to this site (on xlr8yourmac.com) you can compare benchmarks people have submitted.
     
  3. CaptainCaveMann thread starter macrumors 68000

    CaptainCaveMann

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    Cool, Thanks :D
     

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