Originally Posted by Joe_the_dragon
And how do you deal with the ram hit and how well does GMA 950 run the 3d desktop in windows vista and mac os x 10.5?
Well, the GMA950 supports Core Image, and I think Quartz Extreme. It's as Vista-capable as everyone else's low-end IG boxes (which are what businesses buy). In terms of RAM, the iMac and MBP 15" are moving to 1 gig this fall prolly*, figure by Feb if we're lucky, the whole line is there.
GMA950 is fine for anyone who wants to do basic stuff. I intern in a cubicle farm right now (for 4 more days...) and I can tell you that 90% of the people there use email, Word, a custom Access database, in-office-IM, and maybe a web browser. You can get away with doing that on a GMA9xx w/ 512 RAM. I do it on a sub-GHz box running XP w/ 256 RAM. A mini would be fine. You have this idea that the whole world wants or needs a computer with a x1800GTO and a GB of RAM, 2 HDDs, a Pentium D, and an SLI-ready Mobo at a minimum. The world wants and needs something to run their apps. What you and I want and what 99% of the computing world would be fine with are totally different things.
*I base that RAM prediction on the fact that the Mac Pro and the 17" MBP went to 1 gig standard, and the fact that that's how the jump from 256->512 went, IIRC.