3.06GHz iMac which graphics card?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Funbruk, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. Funbruk macrumors newbie

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    I've decided to go for the 3.06GHz iMac (not the Mac Pro), but I'd like to know which graphics card I should choose.

    The ATI Radeon HD 4850 is only $50,- more, and according to the benchmarks this card performs quite a bit better than the GT 130. But will this work will Snow Leopard's OpenCL and will it have other drawbacks?

    What is the best choice?
     
  2. 11800506 macrumors 65816

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    Now I don't have particular experience with this, but if you have the money I would get the ATI 4850. Generally ATI drivers in OS X are much better than Nvidia drivers because ATI writes them, while Apple writes the Nvidia drivers. There shouldn't be any issues with Open CL in the future and I don't think there would be any other drawbacks.
     
  3. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    The GT130 is a 9600M GSO. Barely faster the the 9600M GT in the Macbook Pro. Go with the ATI card. Faster, and better drivers.
     

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