Nvidia or AMD for the refresh?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Rlnplehshalo, Jun 18, 2012.

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Nvidia or Amd for the refresh?

  1. Amd

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  2. Nvidia

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    80.6%
  1. Rlnplehshalo macrumors regular

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    What vendor do you think Apple will go with?
    AMD has been a solid choice for a while now, but if they were going with them again wouldn't they already have released the iMac?

    With all the hype about the Nvidia 680m being too expensive, the trail has lead to Apple awaiting a newer card that is more economical for their machine.

    Heres a few links detailing the Nvidia GTX680m card:
    http://www.engadget.com/2012/06/04/nvidia-geforce-gtx-680M/
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5914/nvidia-geforce-gtx-680m-kepler-gk104-goes-mobile

    I you have any cards from AMD that you think Apple would consider please post them below!

    I too agree that the card will both be too powerful (consumption wise) and too expensive to use. A nice option for the higher end model perhaps:cool:
     
  2. racher macrumors member

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    I placed my vote for Nvidia. I do heavy graphics work with Adobe CS6, and Premiere Pro and After Effects can use Nvidia GPUs to accelerate video processing and 3d rendering. CS6 can use AMD cards using OpenCL to a lesser extent, but to truly use CS6's hardware acceleration options, Nvidia is the only way. Here's hoping for a 680m option of the 27" 2012 iMac!

    -racher
     
  3. boto macrumors 6502

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    I've been anticipating for the GTX 680m for some time, but I also hope for amd 7990m if it ever releases. Either one of these cards and I'll be perfectly satisfied with the wait.
     
  4. Rlnplehshalo thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm a user of the Adobe suite particularly Illustrator and this requires a good grahics card like the Nvidia, I've had the AMD 6770m 1GB in a laptop and it was great but it was outdated. I've heard great things from Nvidia's recent cards so I'm hoping for Nvidia also.
     
  5. forty2j macrumors 68030

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    I'm glad you phrased the question this way. I would prefer the AMD based on past experience and price, but it seems nearly certain they're going with Nvidia.
     
  6. ivoruest macrumors 6502

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    I don't really expect the 7990m which is basically a dual GPU card. I would say a 7970m is most likely. Although I do believe the will go with Nvidia this time for the iMac. Also, I think they will go for either the 670m or the 680m but I leave the door for surprises. The iMac actually has plenty of space for a dual card configuration.
     
  7. russofris macrumors regular

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    While I won't pretend to know what vendor will be used, understand that the GTX680m and 7990m 'probably' won't be used as they they are both pretty far off the 100w power spec and a couple hundred bucks above the current price spec for the iMac GPU.

    I feel it might be more likely that we'll see a "GT 680m" or a "7970m".

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  8. Razorhog macrumors 65816

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    That would be sweet. I worry about heat dissipation though.
     
  9. marcelmfa macrumors member

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    I vote in NVidia and would like that come with GTX 680M, but i dont doubt if come with 640M.
     
  10. forty2j macrumors 68030

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    I have no idea what you're talking about..

    There's no such thing as a "GT 680m".

    http://www.geforce.com/hardware/notebook-gpus/

    The "GTX 680m" is a 100w card.

    http://www.notebookcheck.net/Nvidia-takes-curtains-off-GeForce-GTX-680M.75738.0.html


    There is a price differential with the 680m vs. the 7970m, but I don't think that's necessarily a barrier to Apple using it.
     
  11. mcnallym macrumors 6502a

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    I voted nvidia. The new MacBook Pro's have gone with Nvidia chips swapping from the previous gen AMD/ATI chips.

    As the new laptops are Nvidia then would expect the iMac and mini to follow suit.
     
  12. forty2j, Jun 19, 2012
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    forty2j macrumors 68030

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    I wouldn't be shocked to see the 640M in the entry level 21". But given that the 2011 6970m outperfoms the 640M by quite a bit, there's no way that card would be in the top 27".

    Edit: Actually, if last year is any guide, the low iMac will have no less than the 650m.
     
  13. bogatyr macrumors 65816

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    At that point I'd just buy the 2011 refurb top of the line. Definitely not going to have the 640M in the 27".
     
  14. yashi macrumors member

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    I bet the 27" has the 680M, and the 21" something less. 660M?
     
  15. forty2j macrumors 68030

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    650M and 660M are both solid guesses for the 21".
     
  16. theSeb macrumors 604

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    The GTX 680 is slower in CUDA performance than the 580 was so it may not be the huge increase that you're hoping for.

    [​IMG]
     
  17. forty2j macrumors 68030

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    That chart is the desktop cards.

    I believe the GTX 680M is an underclocked GTX 670. But anyway, the comparison of 580M to 680M is the more interesting.
     
  18. theSeb macrumors 604

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    I know that it shows desktop cards. It's the best I can do until sites like Anandtech review mobile Kepler GPUs. It still proves a point of Kepler vs Fermi Nvidia cards and their CUDA performance. The mobile cards you're hankering for are also Kepler.

    Anandtech have a preview of the 680M and it does very well against the 580M in gaming performance (much like the 680 does against the 580), but gaming performance is not the OP's concern and hence why I am pointing out the disappointing CUDA performance in Kepler.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5914/nvidia-geforce-gtx-680m-kepler-gk104-goes-mobile
     
  19. forty2j macrumors 68030

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    Wouldn't an analogous comparison then be 670 vs 570? Was the 580M an underclocked 570?
     
  20. ivoruest macrumors 6502

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  22. theSeb macrumors 604

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    I see your point, but it's the best I can find right now to try and extrapolate.
     
  23. russofris macrumors regular

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    You are correct. Wikipedia agrees.

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  24. emoore macrumors regular

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    I'd guess the 650M in the lower end iMac and the 640M (or a variant of) in the mini.
     
  25. ivoruest macrumors 6502

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    Definitely. The 600 series run cooler thanks to the new Kepler architecture which is 28nm I think. So they should run cooler and since it has more CUDA cores and its expected to be more efficient it should perform a lot better. Lets hope so.
     

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