Once mobile variants of the 5800 series start filtering down things will look good and may actually end up in the higher end iMacs.
40nm, temperatures and power at load all look very good.
Nvidia's 300 series? Their 40nm tech? Nowhere to be seen. Nary a whisper to the roar that ATI sounded with the 5870/5850.
The 9400M was great but the fact is the GTX280etc based cards ARE NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO GO MOBILE, they have to rely on rebranding the 9 series which are rebranded 8 series. At least until and even then, if suitable, Nvidia's 300 series.
Originally Posted by talksense101
You might get an card from a 3rd party vendor like EVGA earlier for the Mac Pro.
Wake me up when the 5850 is standard on new iMac models running the i5 or better.
Originally Posted by Outsider
Apple walks up to NVIDIA:
Apple: NVIDIA, you've been good to us in our portables and Ima let you finish, but ATI just released the best performing single chip graphics card ever at half your power!
Originally Posted by FuturePastNow
Eh... it's a doubling of performance over the previous generation, but that's quite normal for graphics. We expect a new high-end card to be at least
twice as fast as the previous high-end card. So by that standard, it's not really a "game changer", it's exactly what people expected.
What wasn't expected was the friggin' miracle ATI has worked on power consumption- twice the performance for lower idle and load power than the last card. It's quieter and runs cooler, too. So that's great.
What we don't know is how Nvidia's next-gen high-end will perform. Or when it will be out.