nVidia 9600 vs. ATI 1600 (2006 MBP)?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SilentCrs, Oct 17, 2008.

  1. SilentCrs macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2006
    I've seen the posts comparing the new MacBook Pro dedicated card with the last MacBook Pro (the difference is marginal, it seems).

    However, how does it compare to the model of MacBook Pro before they moved to nVidia -- the ATI 1600? That's what I own. From looking at the benchmarks, it appears it's about 3x faster. Just curious if this is a valid conclusion.
  2. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    The 9600M is a 2 generations newer than the X1600.

    Therefore, since perfomances increases exponentially; it's about 8x better. :p
  3. ipponrg macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2008
    3dMark2005 score for the ATI Mobility X1600 is ~3700. Do a 3dMark2005 on the 9600 and you will find your answer :)
  4. Hls811 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    New Jersey
    Actually 1600 x 6 = 9600.. So wouldn't it be 6x better?

    I am kidding! I know its not that simple, but The math worked out and I couldn't resist.:D
  5. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    For most general business issues, watching movies or downloads from itunes, it makes no difference. Windows Bootcamp and Games are another story.

    I play games on this x1600 (mostly RTS like AOE3, Company of Heroes, Titan's Quest, etc) and can usually only play on low to med settings at 1440x900 or low at my full 1920x1200.

    The performance varies by game. I imagine the new systems can handle med to high. I am still trying to hold out for the next update in hope that we will see higher res screens.


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