best specs for new imac in prep for snow leopard

Discussion in 'iMac' started by snailboy, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. snailboy macrumors newbie

    Mar 18, 2008
    I hope I'm not repeating any other posts, but I will be in the market for a new 24" imac by mid august. I know Snow Leopard is just around the corner, but can't hold off for any refresh in the imac line. Because all imacs now have 2 cores, they will benefit from SL, but I am still confused as to what specs to get, specifically graphics card options. I know I should shell out for the 3ghz, but I have read conflicting information that with some apps, the ATI Radeon actually outperforms the higher end Nvidia (specifically pro apps like photoshop and illustrator that I use alot). Then again, i think i read somewhere that an update now makes the Nvidia faster?? I think the Nvidia speeds up openGL processes but not so much core processes? I also plan on using Carrara which i believe uses openGL to render. Does anyone know which processes benefit from the Nvidia option? All processes? If so, what are the specific benefits, just a little snappier? faster video encoding? by how much? a few seconds, or many minutes? etc. I just want to get the best option that will benefit the most from SL, and if I can save a few $$s by skipping the higher-end graphics card, that would be swell. Thanks
  2. macsander macrumors regular


    Feb 18, 2008
    Yep The Nvidea is definitely better for gaming than the ATI, The ATI was maybe still is better in video/photo editing and rendering but in the very near future when the Nvidea get better drivers etc, the Nvidea will be way faster for everything.

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