Buying advice: iMac with nvidia or ATI Radeon for Video editing?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Ecualung, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. Ecualung macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    My cousin is considering getting a new iMac, and he's not sure if he should go with the $1199 model that comes with an Nvidia GeForce 9400M or the $1499 model that has an ATI Radeon HD 4670. He's going to be doing a lot of video editing with Final Cut and Motion, and not so much 3D gaming. But perhaps some 3D modeling and animation.

    Is it worth the extra $300 for the ATI graphics card, or will he find that the Nvidia card is good enough for what he wants?

    Thanks a lot.
     
  2. gjw4u macrumors 6502

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    The $300 also include a larger HDD.
    I would go for the ATI option.
     
  3. EliteF50 macrumors regular

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    The 9400M is pretty weak and outdated. I'd go for the ATI card if I were him.
     
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    The 9400 is a nice graphics chip but just can't believe they're are still putting it on the new iMacs.
     
  5. scottness macrumors 65816

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    Go for the ATI. Well worth it for $300 with what he'll be doing.
     
  6. TennisandMusic

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    What sucks is the 4670 is a cheap card. 300 dollar upgrade? Highway robbery. I just bought a 1 gig version of that card for a PC for....59 dollars. A good 1 Terabyte hard drive is 100 dollars. so 50 more than a 500 or so? So for a 100 dollar upgrade, you are paying 300% the cost. Shameful.

    That said, I guess you should go for the 4670, as it is dedicated and it is better. But you should be pretty mad about it.
     

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