IMac :: Using Aperture 3 - Graphic Cards?

Aug 17, 2010

If you are running Aperture 3 on a new iMac, please let us know your impressions. I'm specifically interested in learning if the i5's quads with 1G graphics cards are significantly better than the i3's.

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Mac Pro :: How To Set Up Two Graphic Cards On OS 10.6

Feb 1, 2012

I need to set up the NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 for the GUI and leave my ATI Radeon HD 4870 for GPU.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Mac Pro :: Two Graphic Cards Works Together?

Dec 29, 2008

I just bought a new MacPro last week (and really love it). I asked the people at the store to replace the standard graphic card with the Nvidia GeForce 8800.Apparently they 'forgot' to take out the original ATI Radeon card.Reading through the forum I found out that the two cards don't work together. No sweat, since I originally only wanted (and paid for) the Nvidia.

Here's my question: which card does my mac actually use? Does it always use the better Nvidia card? Should I take the ATI Radeon card out, or leave it there just in case I ever want to use 4 monitors?

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MacBook :: Hd Space, Cpu And Graphic Cards

May 22, 2009

My friend recently argued with me about how stupid I was being about selling my Dell XPS for a less featured MacBook. His standing argument was that Apple gets away with murder - and by that he was arguing that they manage to sell hardware that is subpar by todays standards (hd space, cpu and graphic cards) that you could always find considerably cheaper laptops with good builds with much more impressive hardware and features.The argument over just the OS was starting to haunt me. I knew this before I had decided to return to OSX...but, egh...I guess it would be nice for Apple to deliver offerings that are more common place on the hardware side of things...

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OS X :: SL With UMBPs - Can Use Dual Graphic Cards

Aug 16, 2009

Can anyone confirm or deny if the ability to switch between the Nvidia 9400m and 9600m GT without having to relog is included with the latest build of SL?

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Hardware :: Graphic Cards Not Have Significant Lables?

Feb 15, 2010

I have 3 Graphic Cards...all from Macs....but they dont have any significant marking or lables on them....only serial can i find out what kind or how fast they are?

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Mac Pro :: Finding List Of Working Pc Graphic Cards On Mp 3,1?

Jun 16, 2010

The thing is that when I use the card for 3D or gaming it sounds like a taking off airplane. From 0 to 30 seconds the card increases the fan speed/sound. I clean my macpro about 3 or 4 times a year, even my card but, honestly, I have never open the black cover the nvidia has for avoiding a disaster...

Ok I just want to know the best (or at least a better) graphic card. If it is a PC card, how could I make it work in my Macpro...

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PowerPC :: Best Graphic Cards For Powermac G5, Dual 2.5 Ghz From 2004?

Aug 13, 2008

I have a powermac G5, dual 2.5 ghz from 2004. I was wondering what the best graphics card upgrades are. I currently have an nvidia Geforce 6800 ultra, but I really want something with more vram

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Software :: Comparing NVIDIA Graphic Cards Of My PC And The New MacBook ?

Nov 22, 2009

I have a Windows XP, and on it, I sometimes play FPS (First Person Shooter) Games. The ones I play (*if you want to know which ones, I posted them below*) run OK on my current computer. Since my computer itself is quite slow, I decided to buy the new MacBook soon (Not MacBook Pro or Air, because I am still a student, and that would be too expensive for me)
My current PC has the Graphic Card [NVIDIA GeForce 6150 LE] on it, while the new MacBook has [NVIDIA GeForce 9400M G] on it (Apple calls it [NVIDIA GeForce 9400M]).

I was wondering if I could still play my FPS Games on the MacBook, so my main Question is:

- Which of the two above named NVIDIA Graphic Card is better? and a sub-question:

- Is the better one better in all things?

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Mac Pro :: Will Apple Be Updating It With Updated Graphic Cards Such As The Nvidia GTX 680

Mar 24, 2012

I'm looking to buy my first Mac Pro and I'm very excited about it! I haven't bought it yet because i'm waiting for Apple to upgrade their current graphics cards that are available in the current line up. The ATI Radeon HD 5770 or the ATI Radeon HD 5870. Altough they are very good graphic cards,I feel that they are very outdated. Would there be any chance of Apple upgrading their current line up to Nvidia GTX 680? 

Mac Pro

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IMac :: Refubs In The Store For The 3.06 Imac With The 8800 Cards?

Apr 26, 2009

There is some refubs in the store for the 3.06 imac with the 8800 cards.Will this be quicker than my unibody MBP 2.53 and 9600 video card?I use ilife 09, firefox, alittle gaming using bootcamp and XP.I don't know if I should sell the MBP and buy the Imac because I don't ever move the MBP and like the 24" monitor

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Mac Pro :: New Vs New IMac (27 I7) For Graphic Design

Oct 31, 2009

I've been reading threads here comparing the Quad Mac Pro vs the yet to be released iMac 27" i7 and most seem to focus on use as a machine for video editing with Final Cut Pro. I'm a pro-graphic designer using the last model Power Mac G5 and wonder how these two might compare with heavy Photoshop usage and design for print in general. One of the main issues i think may be drive speed and I'm really not so knowledgeable in terms of the benefits of internal drives in a new Mac Pro vs whatever the best external option would be for the iMac so any insights any has in this area in terms of speed would be highly appreciated. (Is there some super-fast high end external storage option that would suit the iMac will and give me the same performance as a second internal drive on a Mac Pro?)

And what about the memory...I think the ECC option is not available for the iMac...does that mac a huge difference between the two..or am I wrong? I think either machine would be a huge step forward from my PMG5 (which is doing pretty well still) I'm just wondering if it makes sense for me to wait for the next generation Mac Pro to come out (assuming it's early 2010...yes predicting Apple product releases is an exact science as we all know.)

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Hardware :: Best IMac For Graphic Design?

May 2, 2009

I'm gonna be buying my first Mac pretty soon as I start college this fall. I'm going into graphic design so ill be using it primarily for Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign etc. and also possibly some video editing. I'm kinda thinking to go with the 24" iMac but i don't know which model to get. Do you guys think the iMac is the best choice for my situation and if so which model would you recommend?

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IMac :: Most Suitable System For Graphic Artists

Oct 22, 2009

I am a print designer currently using a dinosaur 1.6 G5 tower and CS2. I use Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. I also shoot in RAW with my Nikon D80 and currently do most of my editing at my office computer because it is faster. I work primarily in vector graphics which is why my 1.6 is "working." After 3 HD problems and lost data, It is time for an upgrade. I will miss my 20" matte cinema display and will have to find a new way of working in my bright living situation. Yes, there will be color shift on that glossy screen but I use Pantone swatch books.

All this hype for i5/i7 chips is coming mostly from motion designers or gamers which I am not. Coming from a 1.6, I think the base model Duo will blow me away. My office machine is a 2x2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon with 5 GB, 10.4.11, so the iMac should be equal to my machine at work and probably a bit better. (depending on snow lep lag) I hope to keep the machine for as long as It runs. I also will update to CS4, if that matters. I know the base Duo will be a HUGE upgrade to my current fossil and it is obvious I hold on to my machines for awhile.

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IMac :: Better Processor And Graphic Card To More Double The Ram?

Jul 19, 2010

We are planning to replace a 4yr old PC with a iMac for a family use.My husband is interested in music, iTunes, Garage Band and internet browsing.I'm doing some lite photo editing and interessted in coping our DVD collection and making digital copies that can be played on the iPhone and iPad (wanting quickest conversion time) - our 6yr old son just wants to play a few educational games at this point in his life.My husband thinks that the "refubished" 21.5" w/ 3.06GHz C2D, 4GB of memory, 1TB hard drive and ATI 4670 graphics card with 256MB would meet our needs at $1,299.00

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IMac Early 2009 Graphic Crash

Jun 21, 2012

Sometimes my Mac crashes, with graphic glitches.This doesn't only happen using OSX. So I think that it is an hardware issue. How can I do? I've paid 2000 euros only 3 years ago. I don't want to change my computer again! Please, don't say me to update my OS. I've downgraded to SL because Lion.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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IMac :: Looking For Graphics Cards

Feb 26, 2009

I'm thinking of getting myself a Mac. I have not decided on much more than this. Well, a few things have been sorted. I'm either going for a MB 13" as a nice little e-mail and surfing companion or I'm getting the next iMac. If I would go for the latter then it would have to serve as a gaming platform as well and preferably for a couple of years.

Since gaming will be a good part of the duties performed by the dear little thing I must ask what we could expect in terms of graphics cards?

I'm aware that Apple often use last generation GC in their computers so a GeForce GT 120M is probably out of the question.

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IMac :: Finding 24 Inch 3.6 Ghz Nividia 8800 Graphic Ram

Oct 8, 2009

ok so i have had my imac for over a year now, and the graphic card ram burned out a few weeks ago. i figured it was just because i was working it too hard. usually im running a second monitor, and almost constantly playing a video game on one with hulu running on the other. so i thought no big deal i have apple warranty for the next 3 years, so i took it into the store (which is almost 150miles from where i live). well a week later i went and picked it back up after they had "fixed" my problem by replacing the whole card.

but it hasn't been more then three weeks and im experiencing the same problem. i stopped using my second monitor when i got it back, so i have no clue why its doing this.

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IMac :: Finding Wrong Graphic Card Specifications?

Nov 24, 2009

Maybe i got something interesting here...

According to this pages like this one [URL]

it seems to me, that the Geforce Gt 120 (ealy 20009 Imac) is in fact an MXM III,M76XT+/256MB,GDDR3 Card, witch means, it�s an Mobility Radeon2600XT from the previous Imacs, just on an MXM III socle ( it would get better benchmarks because of cooling an higher clocks).

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IMac :: 20" (2009) Work For Motion Graphic - Design?

Apr 9, 2009

I'm studying in Visual Communication Design. It is capable of designing both in graphics and media communication. And I want to buy iMac for study in this case. It work for this? Because I wondering about NVIDIA graphics 9400. shared memory from main RAM. And I'd like to play 3D Game in Bootcamp. Such as Crysis. Can it play smooth?

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IMac :: Graphic Workstation - Lack In Performance With Adobe Products?

Apr 18, 2009

I'm wanting to purchase two of the new 24" iMacs for my Graphic/Web design business. I've been looking at the 24" 2.66 model with the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics chipset. I have been reading reviews that say this model of iMac is fine for gaming but not for a graphics workstation. Our main software is the Adobe Design suite, is anyone on this forum using this model of iMac as a graphics workstation, and do you find any lack in performance with adobe products.

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IMac :: ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB" Graphic Card Good To Run FCP

Jul 10, 2009

Will i have any problems running Final Cut Pro with these cinfigurations on my iMac 2009?3.06GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 8GB Memory 1.0TB Serial ATA Drive ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB Is this "ATI Radeon HD 4850 512MB" graphic card good to run FCP?

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IMac :: Kanex Adapter Using PC With HDMI - Graphic Card - Real Confirmation?

Jun 3, 2010

I play PC games and I LOVE mac os.... I have a macbook pro right now which I am selling. The reason I ask about Kanex is because if the new iMacs dont come with a great graphics card, I am thinking of buying the lower end imac and connecting my pc to it for the gaming aspect and using the imac for everything else I do.. "Logic, photoshop bla bla" I just dont want to be stuck at 720p and I cant find any real confirmation if I output my radeon 4870 with HDMI if I can choose a crazy res the imac screen support over the Kanex adapter. I am hoping to god the new iMacs come with a 58XX series card but ya know how that goes.. All I play is Team Fort 2 which should be out for mac soon.

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IMac :: Upgrading Graphics Cards,ram,and Processor?

Sep 12, 2010

I'd like to start by saying excuse the stupid questions, I'm still very new with using macs. I'm a long time PC user, but I've recently made plans to replace my PC with an iMac. Specifically a 21.5" with an Intel i3 processor. This mac comes with 4gb ram, and a Radeon 5650 HD graphics card.

Now I'm a fairly big gamer, and I like my hardware to be as high-end and up-to-date as possible. If I were to plan on upgrading the graphics card, ram, and processor, could this be easily done at home?

I'm asking because of the unusual structure of the iMac. i.e. the lack of tower, and all the hardware being merged with the screen. I'm assuming it would be a lot easier on a mac pro because it actually has a tower that I can easily open/customize.

Lastly, granted that the above is possible, are the generic graphics cards, processor, and ram chips compatible with iMacs? Or would I need to buy a special iMac compatible version from an Apple specialist shop?

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IMac :: Graphics Cards And Logic Boards In Newer

Feb 23, 2009

it appears my graphics card on my old iMac G5 is toast. I took it to the Apple Store and they said they'd have to replace the whole logic board for around $680. After searching around this forum, that does appear to be the only fix. My question is this: is the graphics card on the newer iMacs soldered into place as it was in the older iMacs (G5 and I believe the first gen Intels as well)? Because, if so, that is really lame and may affect my computer replacement decision.

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IMac :: Looking To Compare Video Cards? Decent List

Mar 5, 2009

For all of you who are looking to compare video cards here is a decent list:,2011-6.html
I think the 120 = 9500GT and the 130 = 9600GT. Please correct me if I am wrong as I am not positive about this.

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IMac :: Read SDHC Cards From The Card Reader ?

Aug 27, 2009

I was just wondering if there is working driver out there for mac that would let my iMac read SDHC cards from the card reader i use now,, or would i have to buy a SDHC compatible card reader?

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IMac :: Small Slot On Side For SD Cards - Info?

Mar 3, 2010

The small slot under the cd/dcd slot, is that for picture cards? Just noticed it. Is there someplace I can go to read up on general things about this computer, seeing as it came with little info?

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IMac :: Creating Business Cards In Pages - Cannot Duplicate

Apr 29, 2010

I've created a business card in Pages but cannot duplicate to fill in the rest of the layout for printing - what am I doing wrong?

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IMac :: Running PC - Still 4890 And 5970 Only Cards That Work?

May 5, 2010

So back in the days, if u had windows based computer and wanted to use the imac screen with that computer, u could get 4890 (which is out of stock) or the 5970 which is pretty expensive. So im wondering if this has been solved by ati in newer driver updates, and im wondering if anyone with a radeon 5870/5850 dekstop gpu and confirm this working with a imac 27" screen.

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