ATI Radeon HD 4670 vs NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor with 256MB of DDR3 SDRA

Discussion in 'iMac' started by espin679, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. espin679 macrumors newbie

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    i dont see what the big difference is, Im thinking about making the leap to Mac from a PC, (i have some background of macs cause my cousin is a extreme left wing MAC man) and i love the screens on the new imacs... I do play the occasional Game like WoW and this game called wolf team, but i want something that will be able to handle Diablo 3/ star wars the old republic. whats the difference between the different video cards at both 256 DDR3... do you guys think the 2 base models of the imac can handle it? I want to make the leap so bad but i cant afford the more expensive Imacs. for over 1,000 i really hope they can handle it... cause you can get a pretty badass PC set up for less then a grand (please dont flame im still learning!)


    PS: i LOVE mac os!
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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  3. espin679 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    so i guess both are kinda junk when it will come to diablo 3 + SW: the old republic?
     
  4. Fiete5401 macrumors regular

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    Blizzard always takes care that you can play their games on "older" hardware. The 4670 will be fine for these games.
     
  5. applelicious macrumors member

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    Please note that GPU 9400M is actually modified for desktop and is sometimes referred to as 9400M (g), which is a bit different than what apple is using on their laptops.

    When it comes to Blizzard, they always make games that older hardware will be able to handle. Diablo is mainly single player game with an option to go online, but only with limited amount of people on the server. Thing with wow is that it gets laggy sometimes due to crowded areas. Remove that aspect from the game and I am sure any computer can handle it.

    So if budget is your concern, I say go for 9400 option. However, $300 upgrade over 3 years of computer life is well...nothing. Its the initial :apple: shock you have to get through first. After that, you just enjoy it and never look back :D
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    All m designated GPUs are mobile variants. Apple uses the 9400m (g).
     
  7. applelicious macrumors member

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    Ahh...cool. Thanks for letting me know. Sorry OP for wrong information, but that is why this forum is great. Someone will usually help you out with getting the "right" answer
     
  8. sammy2066 macrumors 6502a

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    For the record, I am extremely impressed with the HD4670. On my 21.5" iMac, I'm running WoW @ 1920x1080 with everything maxed out. I'm getting very good frame rates even in Dalaran. Lets say about 70fps average ...

    I'm a very happy camper!

    :D
     
  9. kgeier82 macrumors 65816

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    ANy chance you can run Unreal tournament 3 and report to me via PM?

    on the fence, not sure I want to commit to the i5/i7
     

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