iMac's HD 2600 PRO - Comparison

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  1. mmccaskill macrumors 6502

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    I'm considering buying a 24" iMac for my home. My current home PC has a NVidia 6600GT card. How does this card compare to the HD 2600 PRO?
     
  2. George.D macrumors newbie

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    don't buy an iMac yet

    my mom's waiting to buy an iMac, and she's waiting 'til for the next release cycle which should be very soon. :)
     
  3. CWallace macrumors 603

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    Depends on what you are doing.

    The 3DMark06 (v1.0.2) HDR/SM3.0 Score for the ATI card is about triple that for the nVidia (2218 vs. 753).

    Doom 3 Timedemo1 (1600x1200x32, 4x AA, 8x AF, Ultra Quality) is 33fps for the ATI and 5 for the nVidia.
     
  4. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    If by soon you mean June/July, then yeah. If Apple waits until Montevina it will likely go down in June or July.
     
  5. mmccaskill thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well there are really two reasons for me buying this:
    1) I can work from home when I want/need since my MacPro is at work.
    2) I play Star Wars: Galaxies. Looks like the iMac could handle that.
     
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  8. willcodejavafor macrumors regular

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    I am not even sure any reasonable alternatives to the 2600/8600 exists. For my next computer I would expect something better, but I just had a look around and there does not seem to be anything with a power consumption in par with those 2.

    anyone know?
     
  9. mmccaskill thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Maybe a decent BTO option will be available in the next round of upgrades.
     
  10. willcodejavafor macrumors regular

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    And what would that be?
     
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    Very helpful answer.
     
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    I play SWG on full 1920 x 1080 with most settings maxed and I run about 20-23 fps in high traffic areas and around 27-30 out in the wild.
    It's really playable :)

    Which server are you on btw?
     
  14. mmccaskill thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Chilastra I think. And thanks for your fps rating.
     
  15. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    It's not a 2600 Pro, but an underclocked 2600 xt mobile; the xt is faster than the pro. But xt or not, it still beats your 6600 over the head with a baseball bat. IMO, the card in the iMac is way underrated, especially when you re-clock it back to its original speed. Plays FSX medium high at about 30 fps, usually more, underclocked. In short, it's good.

    C'mon, there's no need for that. It is a perfectly good card. Just because it chokes compared to your 8800 GTS, that doesn't mean it's trash.
     
  16. bluedoggiant macrumors 68030

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    If not a different card for the iMac "Pro" (unlikely), i bet you there is a high chance there will be a 512MB version.
     
  17. mmccaskill thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ah that's the kind of information I am looking for. Thanks.

    I take it a simple google search will reveal how one can re-clock it? Any heat issues with the re-clock?
     
  18. AlexisV macrumors 68000

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    If the GPU is important to you, I would recommend waiting a few weeks. There's a reasonable chance we'll see a slightly tweaked iMac in May, which may feature a better GPU (not that the 2600 is a bad card).
     
  19. mmccaskill thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I don't mind waiting. I mean this is bonus money I'm using to buy this so no biggie to wait.
     
  20. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Despite the prevailing wisdom among most users here and the MR Buyers Guide I believe the next iMac revision actually won't come until September. I think we're looking at another 5 months with the current line. Of course it could come next week and then I'll look like an idiot. At any rate I don't think you will see anything beyond a Penryn (or Montevina if it comes later) processor and perhaps a bigger HD and more RAM by default. There won't be a major redesign this year.

    It's possible the GPU might be changed or they could add a BTO option but what would the alternative be? The 2600XT in the current iMacs is quite a nice part. No matter what they do it will be a mobile card, obviously.

    And yes, it will handle the game you want to play quite adequately.
     
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    ATI Mobility Radeon 3XXX series?
     
  23. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    OK, well I do hope you get what you're wishing for and that does sound like a logical procession. I still have this feeling the iMac updates are a long way off yet. :(
     
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    I'd rather have Halle Berry. I'd settle for Jessica Alba though.
     
  25. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, a google search or even just using the macrumors guides should give you the info on overclocking. If things get hot :p, download smcfancontrol and crank up the fans. They spin about ~1000 rpm default, but they go up to 5600 if you let them. I keep my fans at 1500 rpm during every day use, and I use my 2200 rpm setting for gaming.

    Good luck! :D
     

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