ATi X1600 vs nVidia 9400

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  1. raymondu999 macrumors 65816

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    Hey all. Just wondering. How does the ATi X1600 Radeon of old, from the 1st 2 MacBook Pro generations, compared up to the nVidia 9400M chip? In the new MacBooks and also the new MacBook Pros (on low performance)
     
  2. sixth macrumors 6502

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    I have a old x1600 MB Pro. Here is my take on comparing the both...

    from the wiki page on the x1600 mobile variant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radeon_R520

    and the 9400M: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_Nvidia_Graphics_Processing_Units

    Numbers to Numbers the 9400 has some more going for it, but mostly due to the fact that its a new generation. Both i would say are pretty comparable (in my opinion)....the 9400m has some more optimizations than the 1600. Now if you compare the new 3650M form Ati against the 9400 it will detroy it along with the 3450M...

    The 1600 was a good mobile processor at the time, still holds it own...for being 3 years old...
     
  3. raymondu999 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No no... I'm not actually judging the strength as a GPU. Instead, I just wanted to compare graphics performance between an old MBP and a new MB
     
  4. iMacDragon macrumors 65816

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    I can't say I've actually benchmarked, but going by general numbers I've seen, I'd say fairly similar, perhaps 9400 perhaps a tad faster.
     
  5. dragonmantek macrumors regular

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    are my imac's GPU and macbook pro's GPU identical?

    i mean the x1600.

    and if so, would that mean that they put in a mobile GPU into a desktop computer??
     
  6. StuBeck macrumors 6502

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    Yes, the iMac is essentially a mobile computer with a giant screen.
     
  7. djinn macrumors 68000

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    Also take in consideration all the problems that the Nvidia GPUs are giving MB/MBPs vs the ATI video. :rolleyes:
     
  8. Kaupa macrumors regular

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    If you compare opengl under OS X I would say the X1600 is better, because the Nvidia drivers for Apple suck!
     
  9. dragonmantek macrumors regular

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    sarcasm eh? to be expected.

    and it's funny, because usually ATI drivers suck.
     
  10. raymondu999 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Actually, Mac OS DOES have better ATi drivers, and Core Image will run faster on comparable ATi cards than nVidia.
     
  11. dragonmantek macrumors regular

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    huh, i didn't know that.

    where do you know this from?
     
  12. raymondu999 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It was on a graphic designer forum, the forum escapes me right now. But they were comparing an ATi and an nVidia, and in the case of the comparison, the ATi was actually the weaker card, but they said it produced much better core image as opposed to the nVidia card due to the drivers.
     
  13. foo2 macrumors newbie

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    Does anyone have any actual _benchmarks_ of the 1st gen MBP and the current-gen white MB (9400 graphics) so we can benchmark the two? I'm very tempted by the Microcenter $799 Macbook deal (AR), and I'm considering selling the older 1.83 MBP to get the newer design, lighter weight, smaller form factor MB. (Yes, I know I lose some screen size, screen quality, backlit keys, and a few other things.) The basic comparison is against a netbook, and the MB is a nice middle ground, albeit for $350 more $.
     
  14. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Uh, no. The iMac uses nothing but mobile parts. The only thing "desktop" about it is the hard drive and screen resolution: size ratio.
     
  15. eXan macrumors 601

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    For once, I agree with what you said ;)
     

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