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October 2, 2007 3:30:24 PM

I'm considering upgrading to a Mac mini Intel 2Ghz Core 2 duo. It comes with an Intel GMA 950 graphics. Does this graphics card have real built in 3D rendering capabilities? Enough to meet the new Photoshop CS3 extended 3D hardware rendering requirements?

Has anybody tested this?

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October 2, 2007 4:21:03 PM

Based on this I would say yes. Would you be better off with a beefier GPU? Probably.

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October 2, 2007 4:21:22 PM

yes, but it will be very very slow. consider a machine with atleast a discrete card.
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October 2, 2007 4:25:11 PM

Anyone else find it funny the OP is considering "upgrading" to a GMA 950 based system? Dang... I'd hate to see his current rig.
October 2, 2007 4:53:23 PM

not only that, but hes 'upgrading' to a mac mini.
October 2, 2007 5:01:00 PM

I can't stand this mac hype...
October 2, 2007 5:08:40 PM

skittle said:
not only that, but hes 'upgrading' to a mac mini.

Well, it was a C2D system... so I wasn't going to knock it for that... but the GMA 950 upgrade... yes, that's worth a laugh.
October 2, 2007 7:37:48 PM

rodney_ws said:
Anyone else find it funny the OP is considering "upgrading" to a GMA 950 based system? Dang... I'd hate to see his current rig.


Mac people can be like that. My older brother upraded his Mac to 4 mb of video memory a couple years back and thought it was a big deal. I told him that I was running 128 mb of memory in my video card and he stopped talking. Now he doesn't mention it anymore, except that he is still running the 4 mb.
October 2, 2007 9:35:08 PM

sailer said:
Mac people can be like that. My older brother upraded his Mac to 4 mb of video memory a couple years back and thought it was a big deal. I told him that I was running 128 mb of memory in my video card and he stopped talking. Now he doesn't mention it anymore, except that he is still running the 4 mb.


So if you told him there were 768Mb on a GTX and you could have two in SLI for 1.5Gb, he would tell you where a liar and there was no such thing
October 2, 2007 9:40:32 PM

warezme said:
So if you told him there were 768Mb on a GTX and you could have two in SLI for 1.5Gb, he would tell you where a liar and there was no such thing


Well he could call him a liar and that there was no such thing, since SLI setups do not add up memory (i.e. GTX + GTX is not 1536MB of V Ram), You have two GTXs on SLI running on "only" 768MB of total VRam (one card's ram modules only).

Anyway, macs are "fine" (not good) for people who like to watch a dvd, browse the web, check emails, and simple office apps (Word, excel, etc...). However for some "REAL" apps you'd be better off buying a REAL PC with better hardware. Simply put, with apple (Not only macs, but all their products) you don't pay for performance, you pay for the looks.
October 2, 2007 10:33:39 PM

Not that I'm an expert, but I think they make some high end video editing software that is well regarded. They are also used a decent bit in some professional niches usually involving some form of creative design (audio, image, video).

-mcg
October 2, 2007 10:42:52 PM

warezme said:
So if you told him there were 768Mb on a GTX and you could have two in SLI for 1.5Gb, he would tell you where a liar and there was no such thing


No, he wouldn't call me a liar. My brother and I get along pretty good. He started his computer life with an Apple 2E and I started with a Commodore 64. I migrated to an IBM clone and he went with Macs. Its always been a friendly thing, but he's a bit in the stone age when it comes to computers. Then again, for what little he uses it, he doesn't need the most powerful thing around. Computerwise, his biggest failing was buying into the idea that Macs were so much better than PCs despite all evidence to the contrary. Now, I think Macs are just a habit to him.
October 3, 2007 6:17:11 AM

And I can't stand you **** retarded people talking about Mac that don't even ****' own one -- go away and hump Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer's leg and shut the **** up.
October 3, 2007 10:11:46 AM

V8VENOM said:
And I can't stand you **** retarded people talking about Mac that don't even ****' own one -- go away and hump Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer's leg and shut the **** up.


This a very well thought-out post and provides much insight into the neverending PC vs. Mac debate.
October 3, 2007 10:31:46 AM

V8VENOM said:
And I can't stand you **** retarded people talking about Mac that don't even ****' own one -- go away and hump Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer's leg and shut the **** up.


Wow, that really put the above posters in their place didn't it?

I used my gf's mac for a week last year just to try it out, and she (who had always owned mac's) used my pc. You know what happened? She had no problems, crashes or anything while using my pc for the week, but on the 3rd day of using her mac i encountered a crash that needed me to turn off the power as the mac wouldn't respond, and when it started back up her i-tunes library had been "forgotten" along with other random settings. It was one of the new mac books with an intel dual core in it - not quite the flawless machines the hype machine makes them out to be is it?

I hate you fanbois who have to resort to swearing and random insults as soon as pc users prove that pc's are not as buggy and crashy as apple portray them and also show mac's to be the less-than-perfect machines that they are. Why don't you go out and buy some more move overpriced apple products? I'm sure that will calm you down.

**edit for typo**
October 3, 2007 11:36:15 AM

Mac is slow and overhyped. They even had adverts to make Mac people to look good but they seriously need a reality check.
October 3, 2007 12:30:49 PM

well, face it ppl. At least with Macs, you have style. Have you seen the movie "Wild Hogs"? That scene with the mac, I believe sums it up.
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October 3, 2007 12:52:33 PM

To the OP:
The Intel GMA 950 isn't designed for any 3D work really. It's great for 2d work, playing a DVD, and that's about it really. Since you're interested in a Mac Mini, I would suggest getting the 2GB of RAM with it. An actual GPU would be nice, but it's not an option with the Mini.

To V8VENOM:

If you will read, we find it funny how someone is considering an integrated card an upgrade when in reality it's a downgrade. That's what most of us were commenting until your "intelligent" response. Also, considering this is a PC/Hardware forum, what do you expect? I for one like building my computer with the hardware I selected which you can't do with Mac.
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