I'm hoping the next iMac has a 6950M 1GB/2GB in it, in fact, it should!

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  1. MythicFrost macrumors 68040

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    I've thought this for a while, and since Apple is offering the 6750M 1GB in high end MacBook Pro's, it makes sense that they'd offer the 6950M in the high end iMac.

    Apple used the 5850M 1GB in the current high end iMac which is a slower clocked 5870M and is based off the desktop 5770 chip.

    Seeing that the (desktop) 68xx series AMD cards are replacement for the 57xx series and not the 58xx series, it would make sense that the 6950M would be used in the iMac as it's based off the desktop 6850 chip.

    I, for one, hope this will happen, and I look forward to it because I'll be upgrading!

    The 6970 pulls some nice FPS:

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/AMD-Radeon-HD-6970M.43077.0.html (scroll to bottom)

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Computer-Games-on-Laptop-Graphic-Cards.13849.0.html
     
  2. jbyun04 macrumors 6502a

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    They used the 5750M. Sorry but I think we'll be getting the 6850M.. though I honestly can't predict seeing as to how I really did not see the MacBook Pros getting a 6750M.
     
  3. A Macbook Pro macrumors 6502

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    Why would they use a mobile graphics card in an iMac?
     
  4. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    No, they advertise it as the "5750" (desktop). It's actually a 5850M. The 6850M is basically the same as the 5850M but with a few minor improvements -- it wouldn't be much of an upgrade at all.
    Because they always have. It can't fit a full sized card (space, heat).
     
  5. leman macrumors 604

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    They used the 5850m... which was proven on more then one occasion (using device IDs). This card is about equal in performance to the desktop 5750, hence the marketing.

    Because its hard/not possible to fit a hot desktop card into such a small chassis? Be realistic.
     
  6. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I really hope they use it because it would offer enough power at 2560x1440 to play most games on High if not Very High... not including overclocking :cool:

    Actually, I hope they use the 6970M but the 6950 would be good too.
     
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    ...external Thunderbolt/lightpeak desktop GPU's standard for all iMac's from now on please Mr. Jobs:D:(:D
     
  9. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    They most likely will. They used 4850m in the '09 iMac, 5850m in '10 iMac so it makes sense for them to use 6950 in '11 iMac.

    They might cheap you out on using 1gb of vram isntead of 2gb, but that really shouldn't matter as it only has around 128gb/s of memory bandwidth anyways.

    The 128gb/s of bandwidth over the 64gb/s bandwidth the mobility 5850 offers is enough of an upgrade as it is.
     
  10. mattk3650 macrumors member

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    Apple seriously needs to get into gaming more. Gamers like flashy and nice looking things. Granted that Macs are the niced looking computers and then nicest looking OS in the world, it would be nice if they could focus on better graphics in their computers and they need to stop suffocating their low-end products (21.5" iMac and 13" MACBOOK PRO!!!!!).

    We want affordable Macs, but don't want to waste money on unused features.

    I wish that Apple would stop focusing on their CPUs so much. Quad Core i7 is more than enough. If they paired a dual core i5 with a 6850 or higher graphics card, it would be a beutiful price point for me. Personally, I have an AMD Phenom II X2 in my computer and it's just enough for me.
     
  11. Chris5488 macrumors regular

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    I'd love to see the 6950m or 6970m in the next iMac.

    Like told, the 4850m to 5850m upgrade wasn't an improvement at all.
    It's time to improve again, especially since more and more games are coming to the Mac. With the new App Store a lot of new games emerged and more (demanding) will come!

    Apple should know that the gaming industry has been left aside for too long, and it's a booming market which they still have to conquer. They would make a lot of new customers when they would release a powerfull Mac which is capable of playing games. The current iMac is not, and the expensive Mac Pro is rather a workstation. Since desktop cards are an issue for the iMac, choose the 6950m or 6970m cards! If laptops can house and cool it, why not a giant iMac?
     
  12. fpsBeaTt macrumors 6502

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    Actually, the 6850 is the successor to the 5750 (markedly better), the 6950 being the successor to the 5850. The 6990 will be the successor to the 5970, due to AMD incrementing their tier system. To summarise The 6950 and 6970 are respectively the single GPU successors to the 5850 and 5870, the 5970 being the dual GPU predecessor to the soon-to-be released 6990. So, the iMac will most likely have a 6950/70m marketed as a 6850 desktop. This is actually a decent improvement in performance, since the 6850 approaches a desktop 5850.

    Mobile 6970.
     
  13. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, that's what I was saying in my first post. If the 6950/70 has 128GB memory bandwidth, I'm down!
     
  14. flipster macrumors 6502a

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    the 6950/70 has a 256 mbit bandwidth, 128mbit is on the 5850 we have now -- we want at least 256mbit.
     
  15. TMRaven, Feb 26, 2011
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    You're confusing the actual bandwidth with just the bus width. To calculate the actual bandwidth of a gpu, you divide its bus width by 8, and then multiply it by the clock rate of the memory and then multiply that with the data rate of the memory.

    According to the memory speed of the gddr5 on 6950m via notebookcheck, this means the 6950m will have a little over 115gb/s memory bandwidth, compared to only 64gb/s of the previous generation 5850m. A substantial upgrade for high resolution gaming.
     
  16. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Hmmm... what am I doing wrong here?

    256 / 8 = 32
    32 * 580 (core speed) = 18,560
    18,560 * 900 (memory speed) = 16,704,000

    16MB/s??? lol
     
  17. TMRaven macrumors 68020

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    You're multiplying by the gpu's clock speed and not the memory's clock speed, and then you're not multiplying again with the memory's data rate.

    256/8 = 32
    32x900 = 28,800
    28,800x4 = 115,200

    Even though GDDR5 is still called double data rate, and technically still is double data rate, it does some nifty tricks to give it twice the throughput as previous generation memory like GDDR3 that I had read up a while back but since then forgot, so it has a virtual data rate of 4 compared to 2, and is a big reason why it's such an important thing to have for powerful gpus.
     
  18. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Ah right, thanks!
     
  19. BenManchester macrumors member

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    6970m!

    So, 6970m w/ 2GB it is then. ;)

    With a 3.4Ghz i7, please.

    Benchs anyone? :D
     
  20. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Hehe ye :) w00t!

    Benchmarks: notebookcheck - 6970
    (keep in mind the FPS won't be at 2560x1440, more likely 1920x1080)
     
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