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Apple Ditches Nvidia, Goes ATI-only for Desktops

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Apple using Radeons across the board for iMac and Mac Pro.

If you take a closer look at the Mac Pro and iMac refreshes this week, you'll notice that Apple has ditched Nvidia graphic parts in favor of strictly choosing ATI GPUs.

From a technology perspective, Nvidia right now has the shinier bullet point list with its Fermi-based chips, but all iMac and Mac Pro options are comprised of ATI's Evergreen family.

That's not to say that Apple has switched sides, as the company employs Nvidia chipsets and GPUs across the entire MacBook, starting with the GeForce 320M in the 13-inch MacBooks to the GeForce 330M discrete part in the MacBook Pros.

This could be a sign, however, that Apple and AMD are forming a stronger relationship. Earlier this year, rumors did the rounds that Apple may be considering using AMD CPUs in its upcoming computers.

(Sources: AppleInsider, Icrontic.)

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    Lmeow , July 29, 2010 6:25 AM
    I've always preferred red apples to green apples. But Steve Jobs is turning me bananas!

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    Gin Fushicho , July 29, 2010 6:22 AM
    More money for AMD. =D
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    L0tus , July 29, 2010 7:14 AM
    Apple customers must be chumps.

    21-inch LCD
    i3-540
    4GB RAM
    500GB HDD

    $1200 Apple Mac
    $600 Windows PC (max)

    Even with the free shipping on the Apple option, this is an utter joke.
    Please tell me why this company is still posting profits.
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  • 31 Hide
    Gin Fushicho , July 29, 2010 6:22 AM
    More money for AMD. =D
  • 52 Hide
    Lmeow , July 29, 2010 6:25 AM
    I've always preferred red apples to green apples. But Steve Jobs is turning me bananas!

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    matt87_50 , July 29, 2010 6:30 AM
    this may have something to do with valve being massive ATI fanboys? no? steam on mac ect?

    anyway, I recently did the same thing. I dono, I just get this feeling ATI are more reliable.
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    L0tus , July 29, 2010 6:35 AM
    Good move I'd say.

    Ati's recent offerings offer the same performances at marginally lower prices and much less power consumption (so Apple saves on a LOT on PSU wattage). Just worried about Ati's drivers.

    As for AMD CPU's, another good move. Given that Apple users aren't enthusiasts, there's no need for i5s and i7s.
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    joytech22 , July 29, 2010 6:40 AM
    Good job AMD, now bring out those 16-core Bulldozer CPU's by the beginning of next year and i swear i will pay anything between 300-800 for one! (still cheaper than Intels upcoming CPU's AND CURRENT high-end CPU's)
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    DaveWesh , July 29, 2010 6:41 AM
    Im sorry but this just screams "we want to charge the same price for cheaper made computers" and When/IF they pick AMD cpu's up on the desktop line, It will just make the "Apple Premium" cost even more. I mean with Intel CPU's at least you get a decent Horsepower with the computer, AMD's have price/performance on their side which is what makes them great when you slap "price/performance" in a "premium brand" you aren't really getting "price/performance".

    ....Then again this hinges on the idea that they dont change the prices >_>
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    whiz , July 29, 2010 6:47 AM
    Which i doubt will make their products ANY cheaper...
  • 2 Hide
    DjEaZy , July 29, 2010 6:48 AM
    ... i guess... it's because of thermal...
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    wittermark , July 29, 2010 7:00 AM
    i don't understand why there still so many people out there thinking AMD is POS, at my company, which we use workstations for 3d modelling/design, I currently sport a x6 1090T and its heaps faster than our i7's for graphic renderings. the i7 930 pulled 1min30secs rendering a scene while my 1090T did it under a minuite. so i'd say yes, good move on the AMD switch
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    Maziar , July 29, 2010 7:06 AM
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    ... i guess... it's because of thermal...

    I agree,they couldn't use GTX 4xx series because they of their power consumption and heat.
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    L0tus , July 29, 2010 7:14 AM
    Apple customers must be chumps.

    21-inch LCD
    i3-540
    4GB RAM
    500GB HDD

    $1200 Apple Mac
    $600 Windows PC (max)

    Even with the free shipping on the Apple option, this is an utter joke.
    Please tell me why this company is still posting profits.
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    anamaniac , July 29, 2010 7:22 AM
    L0tusApple customers must be chumps.21-inch LCDi3-5404GB RAM500GB HDD$1200 Apple Mac$600 Windows PC (max)Even with the free shipping on the Apple option, this is an utter joke.Please tell me why this company is still posting profits.

    Absolutely ridiculous amounts spent on their advertising campaigns?
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    Cwize1 , July 29, 2010 7:24 AM
    I can't help but wonder if this is some elaborate ploy of ATI and Apple against Nvidia and Adobe.

    That is, those buying a new Mac Pro won't be able to use the GPU acceleration feature of CS5. This would mean less reason to choose CS5 over Final Cut and therefore less market penetration of Nvidia's CUDA.
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    luke904 , July 29, 2010 7:25 AM
    i find it really funny how apple words things... they make it seem like you can only get that sort of graphics power on a mac

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    Parsian , July 29, 2010 7:29 AM
    well they going for AMD because they have lower prices, so apple can maximize their profit
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    neiroatopelcc , July 29, 2010 7:36 AM
    Great, so soon we can buy apple products with an x800 gpu or something .... they after all don't like giving their customers current generation hardware
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    hardcore_gamer , July 29, 2010 7:43 AM
    no gtx 460s for the macmaniacs :D 
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