128 v 256 ram video card

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by mwp98223, May 3, 2007.

  1. mwp98223 macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2007
    Arlington Washington
    How much difference in performance is there between the two offered video cards for the 20" iMac? If you are not gaming, but would be working with photos, slides shows, buring to iDVD (not heavy video editting) would there be much boost in performance? The cost is not that much different, but going to 256 forcings ordering from Apple on-line limits possible savings elsewhere.
  2. MagicWok macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2006
    For what you describe, having the extra ram won't actually do very much for you. Of course, it won't hurt to have the extra space - but to be honest, the GPU's themselves aren't powerfull enough to warrant a 256mb buffer in the first place.

    Edit - I'm sure there are hundreds of threads like this on here, do a search.
  3. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    I agree - for your needs, the 128MB should be adequate. Always keep in mind what your future needs might be as well though...
  4. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    None. (And yes, there are zillions of threads like this....)

  5. mwp98223 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 24, 2007
    Arlington Washington
    Thank you. This link was very helpful b/c he was looking at exactly the same cost issue as I'm looking at. Paying tax at Apple v. no tax and rebates elsewhere (but no customized configurations) makes a big difference in price beyond the upgrade cost of the card.
  6. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    The 20" iMac with the 128MB version of the ATI Radeon X1600 should be fine for you mwp98223. :)
  7. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    On the other hand this does help future proof the machine. For example my brothers machine his imac 600mhz the biggest problem for usability is the video card can't keep up. It can't play youtube without skipping frames etc. So if you can afford it, it may be worth the upgrade depends how long you want to keep the machine. For the moment the 128 would be fine, now 5 years down the road if you still have the machine it might not cut it.
  8. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    As others have said, the 256MB card will help with gaming, but other than that thw 128MB is fine...

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