"The new iMacs use ATI Radeon HD series graphics processors. The graphical performance of both the Radeon HD 2400 XT and the Radeon HD 2600 leaves the new iMac in the mainstream performance category when it comes to games and 3-D applications, but it also paves the way for future capabilities. The Unified Shader Architecture touted by Apple and ATI/AMD will make it easier for game developers and others to show off fancy new special effects in their software. The new chips can also perform 128-bit High Dynamic Range (HDR) rendering, which will give games more intense, realistic lighting and shadows. As with the low-end model, the only place where the faster iMacs really fell behind was in the Unreal Tournament test (albeit only slightly), illustrating that the new graphics have a lot of future potential thats not showing up in our testswhich will make your iMac last longer before becoming outdated (a very big concern in the tech world)."
They are posting game results today and Photoshop, Motion etc tomorrow.At least one of them anyway. Looks like they are testing with a few 3D games right off, Doom 3 being the first. Of course, the Mac Pro with the X1900XT is the ultimate gaming combo, but the 'old' 7600GT is holding its own.
I'd like to see the results with some more recent games which seems to be coming shortly from Barefeats. Maybe sometime today?
Check it out here:
I don't know why it is taking reviewers so long to get these results out. IF I got one the first thing I would do is see what is was capable of.clearly a driver / not optimized game issue with doom 3 and quake 4.. look at prey.. its only 2 fps slower than the old 7600gt imac.. let them test some newer games and ull see the new one is as fast as the old high end model..
should be tested on windows anyway..
You can compare to the MBP (x1600 and 8600GT) benchmarks here.I wanted to see how it did vs the iMacs with the X1600. But the Geforce 7600 is even beating out the 8600! I hope we see some driver updates so we can see the HD2600 pass the cards its replacing.
The simple answer? OSX.I don't understand why people buy Macs, just to install windows to play games.
If the only way to get to the better graphics is to use windows- might as well buy/build a windows machine. You'd save a boatload of cash, anyway!
Buying a $1500 computer, then spending $150 more to install windows, just to play a game - seems a bit ridiculous to me.
But then again, I'm not one of the hardcore gamer types.
This is the reason why I won't buy a 2xxx dollar system with a less than $100 GPU; its just absolutely ridicules and I know the iMac aint a gaming system, but there is absolutely zero reason to combine such a great 2.8 Ghz processor with such a low-end GPU as the R2600 that is in there now. Not to speak about the absolutely crappy R2400 that is in the lower-end systems.That is just sad that a new card is 30 FPS slower than an older card
This is the reason why I won't buy a 2xxx dollar system with a less than $100 GPU; its just absolutely ridicules and I know the iMac aint a gaming system, but there is absolutely zero reason to combine such a great 2.8 Ghz processor with such a low-end GPU as the R2600 that is in there now. Not to speak about the absolutely crappy R2400 that is in the lower-end systems.