ATI Radeon 4800 Series

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
My choice for a graphics cards for the next generation of iMacs. The ATI Radeon HD 4850.



http://ati.amd.com/products/radeonhd...uirements.html



http://arstechnica.com/reviews/hardw...ies-review.ars



The only issue I see is with the power consumption. Wonder if the iMac can supply this kind of wattage. They have Linux drivers from the day of release and are releasing specs for open source driver development.

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  • Reply 1 of 6
    The iMac uses all-mobile GPUs, and the Mobility Radeon HD 4850 is rumored for late Q3 or (far more likely) sometime in Q4. Should be able to play almost all games at high quality at 1920x1200.
  • Reply 2 of 6
    mdriftmeyermdriftmeyer Posts: 7,229member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by talksense101 View Post


    My choice for a graphics cards for the next generation of iMacs. The ATI Radeon HD 4850.



    http://ati.amd.com/products/radeonhd...uirements.html



    http://arstechnica.com/reviews/hardw...ies-review.ars



    The only issue I see is with the power consumption. Wonder if the iMac can supply this kind of wattage. They have Linux drivers from the day of release and are releasing specs for open source driver development.



    What drugs are you on?



    That is for the Mac Pro, if any system.
  • Reply 3 of 6
    talksense101talksense101 Posts: 1,737member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FuturePastNow View Post


    The iMac uses all-mobile GPUs



    I didn't know that. Thanks.



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer View Post


    What drugs are you on?



    That is for the Mac Pro, if any system.



    Well, it is a wish.
  • Reply 4 of 6
    futurepastnowfuturepastnow Posts: 1,772member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by talksense101 View Post


    I didn't know that. Thanks.



    Apple doesn't call them mobile GPUs, but they are. The chip Apple calls the 8800GS, is actually an 8800M GTS, which is quite a bit less powerful than the desktop 8800GS.



    *slightly off-topic rant*



    Nvidia likes to play name games with mobile GPUs, to make people think they're better than they are. Of course, the desktop GPUs are often unsuitable for mobile use, and have to be cut down quite a bit to meet the heat and power requirements of laptops. But the drastically cut down versions have the same names as the "full" versions, making it almost impossible to directly compare them.



    ATI doesn't do this. The Mobility Radeon HD 3850 has the same 320 stream processors as the desktop 3850.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    mrochestermrochester Posts: 681member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by FuturePastNow View Post


    Apple doesn't call them mobile GPUs, but they are. The chip Apple calls the 8800GS, is actually an 8800M GTS, which is quite a bit less powerful than the desktop 8800GS.



    *slightly off-topic rant*



    Nvidia likes to play name games with mobile GPUs, to make people think they're better than they are. Of course, the desktop GPUs are often unsuitable for mobile use, and have to be cut down quite a bit to meet the heat and power requirements of laptops. But the drastically cut down versions have the same names as the "full" versions, making it almost impossible to directly compare them.



    ATI doesn't do this. The Mobility Radeon HD 3850 has the same 320 stream processors as the desktop 3850.



    Same number of stream processors doesn't automatically mean same performance. The mobile parts will have slower core and memory speeds.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    futurepastnowfuturepastnow Posts: 1,772member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mrochester View Post


    Same number of stream processors doesn't automatically mean same performance. The mobile parts will have slower core and memory speeds.



    Yes. They're certainly lower clocked.
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