The importance of a balanced computer set-up for running Doom III cannot be understated.
- The highest quality PC graphics cards 6800 Ultras end up being CPU limited. There is headroom left in these graphics cards, which cannot be exploited given current processors available.
- The highest quality graphics cards for a PC have dual DVI connectors for TFT screens. Yet current TFT screens cannot support the highest possible resolutions the likes of the 6800 can offer.
- The cost of getting Doom III running at its best (it is a current / next generation engine, for the coming year and beyond) is prohibitive.
Now making Doom III available to a Mac User, and asking them to run it on an underpowered two generation old, 5200 graphics card, is frankly insulting. That graphics card will pull performance way down (beneath the capabilities of the CPU).
Bundling a cheap graphics card with an otherwise powerful system, is an age-old 'beige-box' brandless provider trick, which should have gone extinct with the dinosaurs. No upgrade path to a better card? A cheap tactic to push boxes, toward those who aren't in the know, and a great annoyance, for those who do.
My, what have we here? A frank, fair and honest perspective on Apple's consumer AIO strategy.
In short, I concur. £16 graphics card which is virtually discontinued because Nvidia have a glut of them is 'insulting' to Mac buyers who pay a premium because their kit is supposed to be 'the best'.
Okay to have a 5200 on a £1000 cmputer. You'd get away with it. PC WORLD do. But at £1300 and £1700 my suspected price points of the iMac 20 and 23(?) inch iMac G5...you should be scaling to Radeon 9600xt and 9800xt!!! The lack of option is more damning because I'd pay the goddamn extra!!! So Apple lose out on extra premium-premium!!!
You rightly point out the dated racketeering tactics of Apple to shaft an ignorant consumer.
Consumers aren't that ignorant these days.
As languishing sales of iMac 2 proved. Otherwise, why would Apple be updating the iMac 2 much sooner than the beloved original iMac?
Another thing, the graphic card is now so important a part of Apple's 'Tiger' strategy with Core Image and Video.
It's hard to take them seriously if they can't take their own hardware seriously. Workstation, consumer or laptop. The constant weak link is Apple's GPU selection. In short, they're stiffing us when we pay a premium anyhow.
Heck, like Pear Shaped said...at least give us the goddamn option!!!
Betcha'd see many an iMac G5 owner going for a Radeon 9800xt or 6800 Ultra in their iMac if Apple let them!!!
Refreshing perspective from a PC user. Who plainly sees that if you're spending an obscene amount of money, you want an obscene amount of power for your lolly.
Good call, Padawan Poster...
Lemon Bon Bon
PS. Pear Shaped...I'd be interested in hearing what YOU think of Apple's Tower pricing. Dual cpu starting at £1400-£2100.
BUT there is no single cpu tower range from £895-£1395.
Does that make sense to you?