Will the GT120 be sufficient?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by m.jakey, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. m.jakey macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2007
    Berkshire County
    I initially ordered a ATI 4850 but due to the freezing I returned it and now am reconsidering if I really need that much GPU, so to speak.

    I have read and reread multiple threads about similar choices/usage but my lack of computer spec knowledge hampers my ability to make a confident decision.

    Am I correct that the iMac with the 120 will be fine for Elements/Wacom Tablet work, Freeway Pro(wysiwyg html editor), web surfing, email, the usual retinue etc and no gaming?

    And what about Snow Leopard? Will it demand a better card- will I find the GT120 has significant limitations in a fairly short time?

    Thanks for any help. I assumed the 4850 would, thru overkill, cover any and all bases for me but, the freezing and cost issues combined have me second guessing. I could BTO and add the GT130 instead but I would prefer to buy in store and also would not mind saving the $150 for it.

    Currently I use a G4 eMac, 10.3.9, 1GHz with 384mb-lol.
  2. Gen macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2008
    Snow Leopard will not demand a better GPU, but it will utilize a better GPU more efficiently. I recommend to get the ATI GPU - it is noticeably better than the GT 120.
  3. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

    Demosthenes X

    Oct 21, 2008
    Not if your not doing anything that utilizes the GPU. :rolleyes:

    For your needs, the integrated graphics would be fine. The GT120 will be great. Snow Leopard will not suddenly make the card useless - just think about it. The GT120 is better than the 9400M. Apple just put the 9400 in nearly every one of their computers. Do you really think they would not release an OS that didn't run on most of their computers? Of course not.
  4. PurrBall macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2007
    The GT 120 I have found is actually a pretty darn good GPU, it should be more than enough for those tasks.
  5. sammy2066 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2007
    The GT120 is pretty crippled. Go with ATI if you can.
  6. striatedglutes macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2009
    Are you kidding? Get the 9400m and make sure you have 4GB total RAM. You will be just fine.
  7. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    Agreed. The GT120 could be overkill, but if you got the cash, it would "cover all bases" as you say.

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