iMac - Video Card - 120 or 130?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by XLR8, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. XLR8 macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2009
    Hi all,

    I'm an old mac head from a long time ago. I had a 512, plus, classic, IIFX, SE/30...

    Anyway, I haven't had a Mac in a while and I'm having a heck of a time choosing a new iMac. I don't think I need a pro.

    My point of indecision is the graphics card. I probably won't do any gaming but I will do photo editing in CS4, Elements, etc. and I will be watching full screen streaming media and DIVX files so I need to drive the big 24 with no flickering or drama.

    So the question is, will I appreciate having that extra 256MB in the 130 or would the 256MB 120 be enough? 256MB doesn't seem like enough to drive these big gorgeous screens if I was watching say a show from CBS in full screen or will it be fine?

    The other thing I will be doing is setting up bootcamp with Vista so then there are the Aero requirements now and in the future. And what about Snow Leopard when it comes out?

    It's a $400 price difference to move up from the middle iMac and get

    * more vram
    * more HD space
    * faster processor
    * some future proofing?

    Is it worth it?
  2. CubeHacker macrumors 65816


    Apr 22, 2003
    The 256mb of VRAM is more than enough to drive the display at 1920x1200. Unless you plan on playing lots of 3d games, there isn't really a reason to go with the higher end video cards. Nothing you listed makes use of the video card.
  3. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

    Sep 15, 2004
    i(am in the)cloud
    It will work for the screen no problem. My old G4 powered the 23 inch apple display- these babies will certainly handle it.

    Do you want serious gaming?
  4. Mintin8 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 4, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Certain tools in CS4 use the video card, like the 3D things. You don't need to have a decent video card but it helps.
  5. XLR8 thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2009
    No, I have an XBox for gaming. I just want enough Vram for now and maybe 5 years from now. I tend to keep my computers for a long time. The PC I have now, I built in 2002. :D

    So I was looking at the specs for the 120 and I actually think it may be faster than the 130.

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