Which Graphics card is better?

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  1. Pathfinder55 macrumors 6502

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    I am looking to get my first mac and a saw a nice refurbished Mac Mini in their store. So I got a question about this one. I have a desktop right now running Vista, and it's graphics card is called NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS, and the Mac Mini's graphics card is a Intel GMA 950. So, I just wanted to do a little comparison to see which one is better and by how much. Thanks! :)
     
  2. Peace macrumors Core

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    Most dedicated graphics cards would normally be better than the onboard graphics chip since the onboard one uses shared memory. The dedicated card uses it's own memory leaving your system memory to do what it's supposed to do.


    Unless of course it's a really old card.

    The Geforce card is much better.
     
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  4. m1stake macrumors 68000

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    They're both budget cards, don't expect good vista performance from either.
     
  5. Pathfinder55 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The Intel GMA 950 would be for the Mac Mini, not running Vista.
     
  6. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Depends what you want to do. In 3D graphics performance, like video games and such, the 8400 is about 10X faster than the GMA950. The Intel chip doesn't have hardware T&L so some games won't even run. On 2D performance, like most photo work, you won't notice much of a diff in the graphics card. That is more CPU/disk related.
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'd kill for a Mac mini or MacBook with the 8400M GS.
     
  8. Dustman macrumors 65816

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    Well it depends. If you do something that heavily utilizes a graphics card (such as gaming), then you going to see a difference.

    If your the average joe, web surfing, photo editing, chat kinda guy, then you'd never see a difference in performance.
     
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    He meant if you were to run Vista on a Mac Mini.
     
  10. Pathfinder55 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Not really
     
  11. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

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    The NVIDIA is quite a bit better than the Mac Mini graphics card. Don't expect too much from the Mac Mini's graphics card. Whether you will notice a difference or not really depends on what you're planning on doing with it. As far as day-to-day web/office/email use you won't notice anything at all. Especially because OS X performs quite bit better than Vista as far as resources go (and other things, too...). Don't expect any 3D games to run very well, though. If you do Photoshop-type stuff, you may notice that to be slower, but it'll be adequate. If you're a heavy Photoshop user or work a lot with editing video you may want to go for an iMac instead. Beyond things like that, you won't notice too big a difference. Especially as far as normal, every day performance goes.
     
  12. Pathfinder55 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've got a question... Can I buy a better graphics card and put it into the Mac Mini?
     
  13. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    No. The mini's graphics chip is actually part of the main chipset used by the mini. It cannot be replaced.
     
  14. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You can't upgrade the Mac mini's video card.
     
  15. Pathfinder55 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    :(
     
  16. Pathfinder55 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    One more question, will some more "advanced" games just completely not run or will it just look bad?
     
  17. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I wouldn't run anything post-2003 on the GMA950.
     
  18. Pathfinder55 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is there a chance of a refresh to the Mac Mini? And there might be an upgrade to the graphics card?
     
  19. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Search in the News forum. There are some rumors floating about of new minis with improved graphics cards.
     

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