What the heck is this Radeon 9650 256mb card?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Archmagination, May 2, 2005.

  1. Archmagination macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2004
    I cant find any real stats on it right now... and Apple's ALREADY dropped the 9800 XT option!! They now only offer 3 video cards(from what I found) base is the new Radeon 9600 128mb(I like this),Nvidia 6800 UltraDL 256mb, Radeon 9650 256mb. The 9650 is also a DL too, but thats all I know. How powerful is the 9650? Is it the stongest card now? Stronger than the 9800 XT? Stronger than the 6800 Ultra? Just how strong is the card? I can't find out much info on this card.. in ATI's mac section they dont even have this card listed yet!!
  2. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    Its the 9600 but with support for the 30 inch cinema display. Get the 6800 if you can afford it.
  3. amholl macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2004
    I dont know the exact specs but im sure it just adds more vram and Dual link DVI.
  4. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    In order of performance, it's 9600, 9650, 6800.

    The ATI 9650 has a faster clock speed than the 9600, has double the VRAM and has one dual-link DVI port and one single link DVI port. (The 9600 has 2 single link DVI ports.)

    The NVidia 6800 is a faster card, but also draws more power and blocks one PCI slot.

    Depending on what you're doing, the 9650 might be enough and it's definitely worth the $50 to upgrade from the 9600.

    [And if you had searched on 9600 & 9650 you would've found a few threads discussing the differences already.]
  5. quagmire macrumors 603


    Apr 19, 2004
    The 9650 is pretty much the 9600 XT with the exception of the dual link connection and the extra 128 MB of VRAM. The 9600 XT and the 9650 push 1.6 billion ?( can't remember exact name just number). While the 9600 push's 1.3 billion something. How sad am I? Can't remember the info.
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    The dropped ADC with the new 9600 and 9650 -- the 9650 has more VRAM and a dual-link DVI port capable of driving the 30" display.

    ADC is dead -- long live DVI... and dual-link DVI ;)

    If you have an old ADC display, don't expect to plug it directly in. The Single Processor machine may also likewise lose ADC when it's upgraded later on.

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