Anyone tried to Run Softimage 6.5XSI or Maya 8.5 Unlimited on the new 24 inch iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tysontabs, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. tysontabs macrumors member

    Oct 11, 2007
    Hello, I am a new member to this forum and I was hoping to have a few of you people toss me some advise.

    In the near future 1-6 months, I am planning to purchase a fully loaded Apple iMac 24" 2.8 with 4 gig's of ram which I will buy separately. When the monster arrives, I will install Maya 8.5 Unlimited onto it as I am keen with 3D. I also plan to install Windows XP Pro or Vista Ultimate on the HDD under its own partition and run Softimage 6.5 XSI from it.

    My question is this, do any of you believe that the only choice:mad: of video card that Mac installs on this version will be able to hack the huge demands placed on it through the process of rendering from both programs?

    If any of you have any advice or experience, I would be grateful

    P.S. I have looked into the Mac Pro, but have decided not to get it now. There's just no way I can afford it!:eek:
  2. headhammer macrumors regular

    May 15, 2007
    this is exactly why i bought my 24" 2.8 with 4gb.

    if you can afford it, get a mac pro, as it will do better than the imac.
    however, if, like me, you can't, then the imac is just fine. (a little slower than a mac pro, but good enough)
    i'm using maya.

    incidentally, maya 2008 has been released, so i'd suggest going with that instead of 8.5

    added after re-reading OP:

    the video card is actually better than a lot of people give it credit for. it shows up under windows as a 2600XT. it's a custom card developed by ati, not the older "pro" model, which really wasn't very good at all.

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