ATI Radeon HD 4870 vs 2600

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by bmorris, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. bmorris macrumors 6502

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    I found an ATI Radeon HD 2600 for $60 on craigslist.
    I was wondering how the 2600 compares to 4870?
    I edit videos with FCP and use After Effects and Cinema 4D.
    I prob wont play too many games.

    Also, does the 2600 work with Snow Leopard?

    Thanks.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'd hope it's the Mac version or at least flashed to be so.
     
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  4. bmorris thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hell yeah! I've heard many bad things about 2600. People calling it slow and overheating etc. Definitely get 4870 if you can
     
  6. computergek80 macrumors newbie

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    But for future reference, it will work in Snow Leopard, just without OpenCL.
     
  7. Frobozz macrumors 65816

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    Get the 4870

    I have a 4870x2 in my gaming PC, and it's still the fastest single card money can buy.

    A 4870 is a vast, vast improvement in both efficiency, heat dissipation, and performance over a 2600. So, from a quality perspective, I'd say this wins hands down.

    The next question I'd ask myself is this: how much is my time worth? Because if you're working hourly doing FCP or other billable projects, you'll sincerely be able to get the done faster with a 4870. The difference in price won't really matter much in the long run ...
     

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