Hi friends, I wanted to get in touch and see if anyone else who is a Mac user is upset that Apple doesn't seem to use the latest and greatest GPU options on new model macs or as options to be upgraded to. The current State of affairs is baffling to me as: Macbook: Has anemic Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory Macbook Pro: lower end model has NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 128MB of GDDR3 SDRAM Mid and higher end models have NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM Mac Mini: Intel GMA 950 graphics processor with 64MB of DDR2 SDRAM shared with main memory iMac: Lower end 20" ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT with 128MB of GDDR3 memory. Higher end 20" and 24" have ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB of GDDR3 memory Mac Pro: Regular config MP NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT with 256MB of GDDR2 SDRAM. Custom configuration options: * ATI Radeon X1900 XT with 512MB GDDR3 SDRAM (two dual-link DVI) * NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 with 512MB GDDR3 SDRAM (Stereo 3D, two dual-link DVI) * Up to four NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT with 256MB Today, AMD and ATI announced that they were putting an additional 3000 of the Mac X800 back on sale "Though supplies are limited, AMD is once again selling the Radeon X800 XT Mac Edition. The graphics accelerator has 256MB of DDR3 memory, and supports features such as Core Image, Shader Model 2.0, and MPEG decoding. A Dual Link DVI port allows HDTV output and the use of 30-inch Cinema Displays. AMD is charging $300 for the card; if it runs out once again, shoppers can have the company notify them when it returns." Am I the only one upset that graphics chips and cards are lagging behind the PC world? It feels like even the lowly Sony Viao's have better chips. Apple has happily settled on mediocre for it's entry level GPU's for Mac Mini and Macbook. For it's iMac, it is a chip which doesn't have any oomph, nor have they kept the ability for a consumer to order an imac with a higher end chip as a custom build option. For the Mac Pro, it's a decidely poor situation. It doesn't have an HDCP compliant chipset or output format that will support Blu-Ray or HD DVD. Nor are the LCD monitors HDCP compliant. The graphics cards are older models, sadly up to two years without a good upgrade. What chips to you want in your macs as options? Give Mac models and ideas on chips. Of course there will be those of you holding out for a Voodoo 3dfx card, but i think that Apple has alot of room to get up to decent level of performance. It's startlingly sad that they seem to pick the cheapest chips for mid tier performace every time and don't offer a BTO option that is better. Especially on the desktop models.