New iMac GPU`s: Are you happy? :)

Discussion in 'iMac' started by SimonasLT, May 3, 2011.

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Are you happy with Graphics in new iMac`s?

  1. Yes, I`m happy!

    99 vote(s)
    78.6%
  2. No, Apple disappointed me.

    19 vote(s)
    15.1%
  3. I don`t care about GPU`s in iMacs.

    8 vote(s)
    6.3%
  1. SimonasLT macrumors newbie

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    #1
    21.5" AMD 6750M,$1199
    21.5" AMD 6770M $1499
    27" AMD 6770M $1699
    27" AMD 6970M $1999

    I think that`s AWESOME upgrade. Are you also happy?
     
  2. Orme macrumors member

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    #2
    YES! :eek:

    But what happened to that sandy bridge thing people kept waffling on about, is it here or not? :confused::confused:
     
  3. netkas macrumors 65816

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    Not that impressive actualy

    6970M ~ 6850

    6770M ~ 6670

    6750M ~ 6570

    http://netkas.org/?p=757

    you cant play any decent game with 6670 on 2560x1440 display and good quality.
     
  4. Spyriadon macrumors regular

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    I'd love to know why the UK store hasn't got the prices up yet :p
     
  5. archer75 macrumors 6502a

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    6970m 2gb is the best we could have hoped for. Have to be happy with that.
     
  6. Orme macrumors member

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    Um yes it does, I'm UK.. I'm on there right now making my BTO
     
  7. striker33 macrumors 65816

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    Its had them up for a while now.

    Also, its strange that the base 21.5 has the same gpu as the high end macbook pro.

    Either way, a 6970m isnt too great. People who arent gamers should be fine with it, but its pretty bad for things like MMOs, especially at such a high resolution. 2GB vRAM upgrade should help with that I guess. But meh
     
  8. ricky1989 macrumors member

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    It seems like only the 27" 3.1Ghz model is comparable to high end 15" MBP and up. The rest are stuck with 512MB of v-ram :(
     
  9. Andythed macrumors member

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    It doesnt work if you go via the store select to buy option.

    Click on the Mac tab, not the store, then select to buy via that route.

    For some reason I get a 'opps' trying to select through the store route
     
  10. Orme macrumors member

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    Why isn't this one too great? Doesn't that mean the previous 5870 card was crap?
    Surely it's better? :confused::confused:
     
  11. netkas macrumors 65816

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    well, 5850M had 800 shaders/40tmu, 16 rops
    6970M has 960 shaders/56tmu, 32 rops

    great rop count increase, but marginal compute power increase
     
  12. gotbuck macrumors newbie

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    Apologies b/c I'm a little ignorant on the graphics card specs these days. Haven't kept up nearly as much as I should have.

    Can someone tell me if a 6770 is worth the price difference over a 6750.

    The most taxing games I'd be playing are SC2 and D3 (hopefully this year).

    I see that the memory speed is 900 mhz compared to 1600 mhz according to notebookcheck.com but I was curious as to what type of a performance boost I would really see.

    Again, sorry for the ignorance, but any help would be greatly appreciated before I pull the trigger.

    Thanks!
     
  13. jpjandrade macrumors member

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    Unfortunately no. As someone looking for a 21.5'' iMac (27'' is too big for my desk), why is it that the high end 21'' doesn't have a graphics card with as much VRAM as the 15'' MBP? At least as BTO? Why are we stuck with 512MB max?
     
  14. Chris5488 macrumors regular

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  15. pcguru83 macrumors 6502a

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    Thoughts on the 6770M in the base 27" iMac? I really want the base 27" and would be perfectly happy with the base model, aside from the graphics card. The 512MB of video memory seems rather anemic to be pushing that many pixels around. Is this a legitimate concern?

    My gaming, if any, would be very minimal.
     
  16. archer75 macrumors 6502a

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    People were playing with the 5850m(5750) in the previous model and doing ok(WoW) but the 6970m is a pretty big boost. It's essentially a desktop 6850 which benchmarks just a hair above my 460gtx 768mb in my current gaming machine.
    The ever so slightly higher benchmarks with the 2gb of ram should give similar FPS at the higher resolution coupled with an even faster processor than even my current Core i7 920 makes it a pretty good upgrade for an imac.
     
  17. MythicFrost macrumors 68040

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    The 6970 is awesome: notebookcheck - 6970M (scroll down for FPS)
    (keep in mind the resolution of these tests won't be at 2560x1440, most likely 1920x1080)
     
  18. iSayuSay macrumors 68030

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    I´m happy with hi-end 27¨

    It´s the best mobile GPU from Radeon available today.
    But mind my asking, do you think it´s worth to upgrade the GPU RAM from 1Gb into 2Gb? What will it affect? I mean 1Gb DDR5 is plenty for a GPU
     
  19. archer75 macrumors 6502a

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    The GPU ram helps with large amounts of textures as well as gaming at higher resolutions.
     
  20. alent1234 macrumors 603

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    i configured a dell xps 8100 and the 6970m is faster than the top end card that dell offers as a bto
     
  21. shtoat macrumors member

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    I am pretty much clueless about graphics cards. I will have to go for the lowest end 21 inch with the 6750m.

    Will it be possible to play Shogun 2 Total War on it's highest settings?
    Recommended spec's are: 2nd generation i5, 4gb ram, AMD Radeon HD 5000 and 6000 series GPU.

    The numbers seem to match with the low end 21 inch but, as I said, I know nothing about GPU's.

    Running bootcamp with Win7.
     
  22. DannyBres macrumors 65816

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    Can you run 2 extra 27" screens on the new 27" iMac?
     
  23. steadysignal macrumors 6502a

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    its a move in the right direction i think. but you are right, not as impressive as some gamers would need.
     
  24. Kendo macrumors 68000

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    I am trying to figure out why you can't configure a 1GB GPU on the base 27" iMac. This was possible on the base July 2010 model.
     
  25. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Yes

     

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