info request: 3D animation with GeForce 8800 on iMac 24''

Discussion in 'iMac' started by silencesound, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. silencesound macrumors newbie


    Jun 6, 2008
    Nice to meet you all :)

    I'm pretty new on this forum, not mothertongue and surely not so expert... a perfect noob! :p So please forgive my poor english and my mistakes... :eek:

    I'm a 2D/3D graphic, my last mac was a Titanium notebook (looong time ago) and since I have concrete necessity I'm forced to use desktop replacements. My actual pc is an HP laptop:

    HP pavillion dv9500

    Intel Core2 Duo T7700 @2.40 GHz
    OS: Windows Vista Home Premium - SP 1 - 32bit
    4 Gb Ram

    GeForce 8600M GS
    ForceWare version: 167.43
    dedicated video memory: 256 MB
    OS: windows Vista

    and it is a TRAGEDY! :( I found Vista an horrible OS, and since I have an 32bit version is even worste. So my old passion for Mac is burning again since I'm looking for a STABLE machine who can work till the first moment I'll use it till the day I'll decide to change it. :rolleyes:

    My possible choice is the new Alu iMac 24'' @ 3.06 GHZ with the 8800 GS 512 with 4Gb ram but I'd like to be sure that it will fit my needs:

    - Anyone of you use this version of video card with Maya for heavy scene dressing/illuminating/animating?

    - Anyone has done the same of above using XSI bootcamped? Does it works properly? Is more usable mounting Linux on a partition and using the native XSI linux version? Is it difficult to do?

    - What about gaming with this 8800GS? Anyone has tested AoC?

    Thank you all for your attention and sry for the long post ^^

    Silence :)

    Please... noone is an animator who uses iMac?
  2. jwels1 macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2008
    hey silence. I'm wondering the very same thing myself. I have a powerbook G4 1.5 GHz and am looking to buy a desktop mainly for 3d animation. Ideally, I'd love to get my hands on the mac pro, however Im not sure that it's within my budget. I'm curious if there are any professional/semi-professional animators that work with the new iMac. According to benchmark tests, the mac pro renders frames ~3x faster than the 3 Ghz iMac.

    Not sure if that justifies $1000 extra though.....

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