2.8 radion2600 vs 2.93 GT120: Performance, Futuring, Price

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tapple, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. tapple macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    Silverdale, Washington
    I need some fresh thinkin/rotate mine a bit.

    There are bits and pieces on this/other Mac Forums re: theimac 2.8 24"ATI Radeon 2600 card (late 2008/early 2009 vintage) vs the new 2.93 24" GT120 card imac.

    Help me (ie what am I missing?) re what appears to be too big of a price difference ($400): $1299 vs $1699 for the new 2.93 imac 24".

    I'm ready to purchase a 24" imac--wondering if the $400 should enter the decision equasion. My basic concerns are two:

    1. I do a modest/increasing amount of photo editing and video work (ag development stuff) along with an increasing amount of academic staff work ( eg electronic chasing of source materials/fact checking, lecture note/outline prep, and on-line distance instruction.

    2. "Likely" futuring issues (say 5 years out) with the 2.8 configuration (eg) upgrading of hardware/software.

    Solid/timely performance is more of a concern than the price difference. Any help/best thoughts would be appreciated.
  2. patricem macrumors 6502


    Nov 18, 2005
    Well there's double the hard drive and double the ram. The debate is on about the graphics card. Here's a good thread 'GT 120 vs old 2600 Pro'

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