OT macbook pro video card question

Aug 23, 2007 at 4:21am

OT macbook pro video card question

#33373
Aug 23, 2007 at 6:09pm

On Aug 22, 2007, at 9:21 PM, jamie jewett wrote:

> I am comparing these two machines and wondered if people thought the
> NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 128MB of GDDR3 memory is a better card
> than the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB of GDDR3 memory even
> though it only has 128MB of memory vs the older card – machine
> specs and $ follow…

I’d probably get the cheaper, GeForce 8600 one, unless you really
need all the VRAM. It should offer better rendering performance, DX10
support (if you run any Direct X apps under bootcamp) + some of the
newer OpenGL shader support, larger textures (8192 vs. 4096)

Some benchmark stats on laptop cards are here:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.
844.0.html

Wes has this card and has been experimenting with it a bit. Perhaps
he could comment on any issues/benefits. I believe he found some Cg
compatibility issues and GLSL clipping plane issues early on, but
perhaps they’ve been resolved.

-Joshua

#111165
Aug 23, 2007 at 6:36pm

On Aug 23, 2007, at 11:09 AM, Joshua Kit Clayton wrote:

>
> I’d probably get the cheaper, GeForce 8600 one, unless you really
> need all the VRAM. It should offer better rendering performance,
> DX10 support (if you run any Direct X apps under bootcamp) + some
> of the newer OpenGL shader support, larger textures (8192 vs. 4096)

p.s. the new 1280×1024 iSight on later MBP and iMac models is also
pretty great.

-Joshua

#111166
Aug 23, 2007 at 6:37pm

thanks!
jamie

—– Original Message —-
From: Joshua Kit Clayton
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2007 2:09:06 PM
Subject: Re: [jitter] OT macbook pro video card question

On Aug 22, 2007, at 9:21 PM, jamie jewett wrote:

> I am comparing these two machines and wondered if people thought the
> NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 128MB of GDDR3 memory is a better card
> than the ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB of GDDR3 memory even
> though it only has 128MB of memory vs the older card – machine
> specs and $ follow…

I’d probably get the cheaper, GeForce 8600 one, unless you really
need all the VRAM. It should offer better rendering performance, DX10
support (if you run any Direct X apps under bootcamp) + some of the
newer OpenGL shader support, larger textures (8192 vs. 4096)

Some benchmark stats on laptop cards are here:
http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Graphics-Cards-Benchmark-List.
844.0.html

Wes has this card and has been experimenting with it a bit. Perhaps
he could comment on any issues/benefits. I believe he found some Cg
compatibility issues and GLSL clipping plane issues early on, but
perhaps they’ve been resolved.

-Joshua

#111167

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