Originally posted by shanmugam
.........Possible, if any one thought MacBook Pro is very powerful?, i think the graphic card there is very powerful, i do not have plan to own a 30" for atleast two years time....
the x1600 is quite a decent graphics card, it comes in at around the nvidia6600 range (which is in the powermac g5s)
so the x1600 mobility in the macbook pro i imagine will come in performance wise just under the nvidia 6600 found in powermac g5s.
now (correct me anyone if i am wrong) the disadvantage of the x1300, x1600, x1800 lines are that in openGL games on the PC they get their ass a little kicked by equivalent nvidia cards... but directX9 games the ati cards compare decently to nvidia... so how this translates to mac drivers and openGL on mac i leave up to you to decide.
the great advantage though of the x1600 in the macbook pro is that it very likely has HARDWARE decoding of h.264 in the apple ati x1600 drivers RIGHT NOW. with possible hardware ENCODING on the way.
who knows why apple chose ati over nvidia for the macbook pro (and possibly macbook?) ... maybe the drivers were easier/ further ahead in development and hardware h.264 encoding via GPU is easier/ nearer in development on the ati cards...
again, this is just what i gather from close following of benchmarking and stuff from the PC news side of things, so maybe those with iMac Core Duo (with x1600) can talk about that graphics card a bit more...??