Gfx card in next imac

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  1. richprice79 macrumors member

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    Hello all, with this talk of new imacs and mac mini's I thought it would be fun to speculate on what gfx card they may choose to include in the high end model. After a little searching around on what mobile cards are around my bet is on the Geforce GTS 160m. They seem to be going almost exclusively with Nvidia with the exception of the 4850.

    The specs on the 150m and 160m look promising.

    Manufacturer NVIDIA
    Series GeForce GTS 100M
    Codename N10E-GS1
    Pipelines 64 - unified
    Core Speed * 600 MHz
    Shader Speed * 1500 MHz
    Memory Speed * 800 MHz
    Memory Bus Width 256 Bit
    Memory Type GDDR3
    Max. Amount of Memory 1024 MB
    Shared Memory no
    DirectX DirectX 10, Shader 4.0
    Transistors 504 Million
    technology 55 nm
    Features PureVideo HD, HybridPower,
    Notebook Size large
    Date of Announcement 02.03.2009
    Information MXM 3
     
  2. johnrs macrumors 6502a

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    what desktop GFX card are they equivalent to? eg Nvidia GTS250 or GTX260

    I am on hold waiting to see if a new iMac comes out soon and I am hoping for a gfx bump
     
  3. richprice79 thread starter macrumors member

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    The 130m in current imacs is equal to the 9500gt were as the 160m is comparable to a 9800gt.

    Now Nvidia does have a much higher end card the 260m but I doubt apple will use it but heres hoping.

    anufacturer NVIDIA
    Series GeForce GTS 200M
    Codename N10E-GS
    Pipelines 96 - unified
    Core Speed * 550 MHz
    Shader Speed * 1375 MHz
    Memory Speed * 1800 MHz
    Memory Bus Width 128 Bit
    Memory Type GDDR3, GDDR5
    Max. Amount of Memory 1024 MB
    Shared Memory no
    DirectX DirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1
    Current Consumption 38 Watt
    technology 40 nm
    Features DirectX Compute Support (Windows 7), CUDA, OpenCL, HybridPower, PhysX, SLI, Powermizer 8.0, MXM 3.0 Type-B
    Notebook Size large
    Date of Announcement 15.06.2009
    Information 396 Gigaflops
     
  4. Hellhammer Moderator

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    What TDP does it have? That's very important because if it's too power hungry and hot, it can't be used. GT 250/260 are also possible in high-end IMO
     
  5. richprice79 thread starter macrumors member

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    The power consumption of the 160m is up to 60 Watt TDP

    The power consumption of 260m is 37 Watt TDP which is significantly higher than the GTS 250M. (27 Watt). Furthermore, according to Nvidia, the new improved core does only need half of the power in Idle mode (compared to the previous generation).

    Interesting, I wonder if this will play a part in the decision.
     
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    It's quite hot... 4850 is about 45W-65W (that's what AMD said for 4850/4870). If Arrandale is included in new ones, then it's possible because Arrandale tops out at 35W
     
  7. The Final Cut macrumors 6502

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    Obviously you all are not up to date on mobile graphics card information. The 240M, 250M, 260M, 280m are the only relevant GPU'S that nvidia makes, which would do a machine like the iMac justice. Nvidia has rebranded these cards several times, so the 260M is actually a 9800 GT. The 280M is at best slightly higher up, almost at the 9800 GTX Level, almost. So really I am hoping for 280M at the least or the 4870 Mobility. However it just doe not seem viable for me to settle for a desktop sized computer that has laptop sized graphics power. That's why I probably will just keep 2 laptops instead one with 260M, and one macbook pro 13". It gets annoying but they both can fit in a briefcase together.
     
  8. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    The 130m is comparable to the 8800 in most tests i've seen, so it's far superior to 9500GT as some people claims!

    http://barefeats.com/imac09.html

    3.06 GHz iMac with GT130 beats iMac 3.06GHz with 8800GS in 4 of 5 benchmarks.
     
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    It wouldn't be so big bump, because iMac already has 4850

    Those, I think, we'll see in mid level model(s)
     
  11. bloodycape macrumors 65816

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    I just read the GT230/240 is an upper mid-range card, so maybe we will see something like a GTX230(or is it a GTS230) in the iMac?
     
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    I wouldn't say it's upper but yea it's middle class GPU. As I said, I think we will see one of them replacing the GT120 in current iMacs
     
  13. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    The big question here is with the rumors saying a thinner imac does that mean a integrated graphic chip or the real deal. GPU/Blue ray are the two key things im looking at. 9400m is a no starter, no blue ray ill have to wrestle with. Im looking at the Gate way zx6810-01 for comparisons though I could care a less about a touch screen. Give me a good HDTV and GPU APPLE or should I say Steve,,
     
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