Which is a better deal?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by applemacdude, Jul 26, 2003.

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    applemacdude

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    Which is a better deal and video card in x? The radeon 7000 or the radeon mac edition?
     
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    Get the Radeon Mac Edition. It is an awesome card, and I have one. I am selling it, so let me know if you want to buy it.

    I get like 100FPS in Quake III on my G4 400 with it. Its pretty good!
     
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    I think the radeon is faster than the radeon 7000. And I know the 8500 is faster than the 9000.
     
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    I have the 9000 and I bet you are right. Anybody know why?
     
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    The Radeon 9000 is based on the same chipset/architecture of the 8500, but with less features and a lower GPU Clock Speed in order to be more affordable.
     
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    What about the Radeon Mac Edition and the Radeon 7000?
     
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    The Radeon Mac Edition has a 166MHz clock, is available in AGP flavor, and looks to have better refresh rates.

    http://www.ati.com/products/radeon/radeonmacedition/specs.html
    The Radeon 7000 Mac Edition is available in PCI only. I can't find anything on it's clock.
    http://www.ati.com/products/radeon7000/radeon7000me/specs.html

    Consider this:
    "The Radeon 7000 differs in interesting ways from the 2001 Radeon. While it boasts a faster clock speed and dual-head capabilities, the card has been pared down with one less rendering pipeline and no Charisma Engine™ to perform Transform, Clipping, and Lighting (TCL) instructions. While these features are used in relatively few games on the Mac (or even the PC), those who like running their titles in 1600x1200 will want to read through the rest of the review closely to see how the FPS scores pan out. The Radeon 7000 isn’t necessarily targeted at hardcore gamers though, and --excluding a few nagging issues-- the $50 price drop from the 2001 Radeon will certainly increase its appeal across the board."

    and "As a primary gaming card, you won’t be able to push as many FPS out of it as you would with the 2001 Radeon, but the $50 price difference and ability to run two monitors will likely be more important to many people."

    from: http://www.insidemacgames.com/reviews/view.php?ID=232

    So, like most video card comparisons, it kinda depends on what you want to use the card for.
     
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    ZildjianKX

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    ATI (intentionally) fudged up their whole line of product names (to confuse the consumer I presume, they did a great job), since the 8500 is faster than the 9000... but its a higher product number... go figure.
     
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    So Ill get the radeon mac edition for ut and quake instead of the slower 7000 unless someone can change my mind
     

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