HD4850 based iMacs - anyone knows when they r due?

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  1. L0s7man macrumors 6502

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    As in the topic: does anyone know when the first iMacs of this line are due? I've been checking Apple store and it still says 3-5 weeks :S

    I really want to know exactly what kind of GPU is there, before I buy the ting.
     
  2. Styxie macrumors member

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    Everyone has to wait 3-5 weeks. The Radeon 4850 is not yet supported by the OS (10.5.6). We'll have to wait until 10.5.7 (a Leopard update) get out, then the new card will be supported. Same thing goes for the Mac Pro. So there's no way of knowing how the card will behave, we'll all have to wait. Sorry dude
     
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Nope, so I now call into question the reason behind waiting for the 4850.
     
  4. Styxie macrumors member

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    My bad Tallest Skill, the card in the Mac Pro is the 4870, not the 4850. Perhaps the 4870 is supported in 10.5.6, and the 4850 isn't.
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    I'm just not sure at all if it's 10.5.7 that we're even waiting for, anymore. Apple rescinded their "needs 10.5.7" on the standalone 4870 card that you can buy from the store for older model Mac Pros. It just says 10.5.6 now, meaning the proper kexts were already in standard 10.5.6 in all Macs.
     
  6. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    I thought the kexts came with 10.5.7 but could be installed into 10.5.6. At least this is the requirements on Insanleymac for people adding PC 4870's to their hackintoshes.
     
  7. Prabz26 macrumors regular

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    What does this all mean?
    HD4850 based iMacs...:apple:

    Sorry I'm getting a iMac soon so I was interested
    about this...

    anyone want to fill me in:eek:
     
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    This chip:

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    In this computer:

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Prabz26 macrumors regular

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    So I guess its safe to assume
    this will make the iMac's better...:apple:
    and I should wait till they add this new chip before i get my
    new iMac?

    sorry juss want to make sure
    what does this chip do exactly?
     
  10. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    It really depends on your use. Games, Adobe CS4 products, Aperture, Motion, some Scientific Applications, 3D rendering all benefit from a faster GPU. When Snow Leopard is released there could be many more programs that benefit from a faster GPU.

    If your intent is home office, watching videos, surfing the net and e-mail then the 4850 will be wasted as the GT120/130 is far more than enough. Heck the 2.66Ghz Core 2 with the GeForce 9400 will more than suffice.
     
  11. Prabz26 macrumors regular

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    Ya I don't really do any of the PC gaming
    maybe photoshop...
    but that's it besides that the regular home office, watching videos, surfing the net and e-mail and stuff

    will it cost more:confused:
    because if it does then ill pass..:p
    but if there juss being upgraded to that then i don't
    see the hurt in waiting for one....:eek:
    but then again its Apple i see the price to be a little UPdated:p

    thanks for your help :D
     
  12. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Just go to the Apple Store and see for yourself. It is part of the current iMac lineup just a custom configuration option. All the talk about waiting is for Apple to actually start shipping these units.

    It is a $200 upgrade on 2.93Ghz iMac. Or $500 more than the base 24" with 9400 graphics.
     
  13. Prabz26 macrumors regular

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    well nevermind the $200
    im good without it lol

    :D:(
     

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