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

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

  1. Ecualung macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2009
    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

    Dec 2, 2008
    The $300 also include a larger HDD.
    I would go for the ATI option.
  3. EliteF50 macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2009
    The 9400M is pretty weak and outdated. I'd go for the ATI card if I were him.
  4. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    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


    Mar 18, 2009
    Room 101
    Go for the ATI. Well worth it for $300 with what he'll be doing.
  6. TennisandMusic

    Aug 26, 2008
    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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