Which display adapter?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Xorro, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. Xorro macrumors regular

    Xorro

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    *edit* question updated further down in post #6, to bring it inline with the new adapters.

    Still waiting for the supposed new iMacs, but I'm not sure how much longer I can wait. :) Whether I buy now, or later, I can't decide on display adapter.

    The 24" iMac has the option of :

    Nvidia GeForce 8800 GS http://www.nvidia.com/page/geforce8.html
    or
    ATI Radeon HD 2400 XT http://ati.amd.com/products/mobilityradeonhd2400xt/specs.html

    I will be gaming on the Mac, can anyone tell me which is 'best' - I'm a programmer and not an expert on hardware :)

    The HD bit of the ATI sounds appealing - but I think people rate nvidia GPUs more??

    Thanks.
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    The GPUs will be changed with the update. Just wait for that.
     
  3. NightStorm macrumors 68000

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    If I were to buy a current model iMac (and will likely if they do not have an update before my tax refund arrives), I'd go with the nVidia chipset as they seem to be further along with their OpenCL support, which will be key for Snow Leopard.
     
  4. DavyC412 macrumors member

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    the ATI 2400XT is pretty much bottom of the barrel

    ive never heard of the GS version of the 8800, so i cant comment on that, if its anything like the GT or GTS its probably around mid-range at this point, but should still be good enough for gaming for the next little while.
     
  5. NightStorm macrumors 68000

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    From Wikipedia, the 8800 GS is a rebadged 8800M GTS. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GeForce_8_Series#8800_GS)
     
  6. Xorro thread starter macrumors regular

    Xorro

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    Now the new iMacs are out I need to re-ask the question.

    Now the choice is
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 130 512MB
    or
    ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB

    The Apple site makes the ATI seem the better buy, but I though Nvidia was supposed to make better gfx cards than Ati?
     

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