Benchmarks for the Penryn iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by barefeats, May 8, 2008.

  1. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    I'm preparing a full article with benchmarks comparing the new iMac running the Radeon HD 2600 Pro versus the GeForce 8800 GS. But here's a teaser:

    ETQW at 1920x1200 High
    2600 Pro = 28 fps
    8800 GS = 60 fps

    Prey at 1920x1200 High
    2600 Pro = 33 fps
    8800 GS = 78 fps

    iMaginator 4 (Core Image test)
    2600 Pro = 27 sec
    8800 GS = 39 sec

    Based on these and other tests I've run, the nVidia GeForce continues to excel in 3D (Games, etc.) while even "weaker" versions of ATI Radeons beat it running Core Image apps (Motion, Aperture, Color, etc.).
  2. paulemann macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2008
    thanks, awaiting your article.
    but i'm startled about the significant performance tradeoff!
    is this driver related? how come the geforce sucks at
    core image apps? is this coreimage specific or os/system-wide?
    does this mean that even e.g. the scrolling within safari will be
    unsmooth? expecting my 8800-equipped imac next week ...

    edit: since you know best: would i notice any difference
    between my imac 2600 and the gs800 one without
    doing aperture etc.?
  3. rpaloalto macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    Palo Alto CA.
  4. paulemann macrumors newbie

    Apr 28, 2008
    considering other benchmarks off barefeats,
    the 8800 is up to 4 times faster in opengl apps
    but the ati wins all core tests. weird.

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