AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GDDR5 or the 1GB version? Help!

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  1. hhaydenn macrumors regular

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    AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GDDR5 or the 1GB version? Help!
     
  2. Hecro macrumors member

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    I defently went for the 2GB version... its dirt cheap compared to other BTO's
     
  3. theking79 macrumors 6502

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    yep i went for the 2GB BTO option, its a fairly cheap option compared to the others and will make quite a bit of difference.
     
  4. hhaydenn thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks!
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    3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    2TB Serial ATA Drive
    AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GDDR5
    Apple Magic Mouse
    Apple Wireless Keyboard (International English) and User Guide (English)
     
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    I ENVY you. Congrats ;)
     
  6. Orme macrumors member

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    Skipped on the SSD option? I have the exact same specs aas you but I am gonna choose the 1TB and SSD option.. do you think it's worth it or not. Will I see a performance?
     
  7. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Of course you'll see a performance.
     
  8. b0redom macrumors regular

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    In what circumstances? I'm considering an upgrade from the mid-2010 version. The only area where it could be better for me would be a slightly faster CPU, and faster GPU for gaming.

    I can't find any benchmarks comparing the 5870M and the 6970M in either 1GB or 2GB flavours at all.
     
  9. MythicFrost macrumors 68040

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    Here's the 6970M: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Games-on-Laptop-Graphic-Cards.13849.0.html

    Keep in mind the resolution of those tests will likely be 1920x1080 not 2560x1440, but still, they're pretty good. You can compare against the 5850M, too (you'd want to compare resolutions of each test, also).
     
  10. kfscoll macrumors 65816

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    I went with the SSD option:

    Specifications
    3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB
    2TB Serial ATA Drive+256GB SSD
    AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GDDR5
    Apple Magic Mouse
    Apple Wireless Keyboard (International English) and User Guide (English)


    The only problem is that once you configure the iMac with an SSD the estimated shipping time drops to 4-6 weeks! :eek: Hopefully this means they're going to use 6Gbps (SATA-III) SSDs but we'll see.
     
  11. b0redom macrumors regular

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    Right, but it doesn't mention the variant, ie what type of RAM, and how much is on the GPU. It would be good to have something like that for all the iMac lines to see how much it has increased in real terms.
     
  12. b0redom macrumors regular

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    Tempted by the same, but dropping out the SSD, you will be soon able to get a Thunderbolt enclosure and drop your own SSD in there for much less money.
     
  13. Dyne macrumors member

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    Would there be any significant performance gains from the 2GB compared to the 1GB?
     
  14. DagazaGZ macrumors regular

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    Can I add the extra 1 GB to the graphics card later? Or do I have to order it online?
     
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    No, you cannot.
     
  17. DagazaGZ, May 3, 2011
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    Didn't think so. You think they will have preconfigured Imacs with the 2GB graphics card in the apple store?
     
  18. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

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    Are you talking about the 2GB video card, or 2TB hard drive?
     
  19. DagazaGZ macrumors regular

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    @T'hain Esh Kelch I meant graphics card.

    :mad: Damn the store opens in 1 hour, I don't want to wait another week and a half just to get my online order...

    It's defiantly worth it though for only an extra $100.
     
  20. kfscoll macrumors 65816

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    I'm not sure it'd be that much, if any, less. A decent 240GB or 256GB SSD is around $500 and the enclosure will be at least $100. The 1TB + SSD upgrade through the military/government Apple Store was $540.
     
  21. opera57, May 3, 2011
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    Yeah for the extra cost its definitely worth the extra, as it's something you probably won't be able to upgrade in the future (and if it's possible, it won't be easy and will definitely cost more than what it does to upgrade now!) [​IMG]
     
  22. DagazaGZ macrumors regular

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    Well I'm going to the apple store in 30, hoping that they have a few models with the 2GB graphics card option in it...
     
  23. Hexley macrumors 6502a

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    Anyone have a benchmark comparison between 1GB & 2GB?
     
  24. DagazaGZ macrumors regular

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    I'd like to see this too.
     
  25. mashinhead macrumors 68030

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    can you add an SSD later?
     

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