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iBook (July 2005) & CoreImage
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Pao|o
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Jul 26, 2005, 11:54 AM
 
Can the newly updated iBook handle CoreImage?
     
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Jul 26, 2005, 12:09 PM
 
You betcha! Though the 32MB memory seems a little on the weak side to me.
     
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Jul 26, 2005, 12:09 PM
 
iBook: ATI Radeon 9550

Core Image-capable graphics cards include:
ATI Mobility Radeon 9700
ATI Radeon 9600, 9600 XT, 9650, 9800 XT, X800 XT
nVidia GeForce FX Go 5200
nVidia GeForce FX 5200 Ultra
nVidia GeForce 6800 Ultra DDL, 6800 GT DDL

I'm guessing no
     
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Jul 26, 2005, 12:11 PM
 
Yes, the 9550 has pixel shaders so core image will work. Gaming and stuff will still be terrible due to the 32mb of video ram but core image will run fine, and it's an iBook so it doesn't really matter.
     
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Jul 26, 2005, 12:13 PM
 
Interesting... thanks.
     
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Jul 26, 2005, 03:11 PM
 
Apple also left out the Mobility Radeon 9600 (from a few PowerBook revisions ago), the Radeon 9600 Pro (from the original PowerMac G5s), the Radeon 9800 Pro (retail card and high-end BTO card on original PowerMac G5s), and the Radeon X850XT.

The 9550 can most assuredly handle Core Image.

"That's Mama Luigi to you, Mario!" *wheeze*
     
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Jul 26, 2005, 03:27 PM
 
Out of curiousity I called Apple directly and asked about whether or not the Radeon 9550 would be able to handle Core Images and both reps told me yes it can.

~M
     
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Jul 26, 2005, 03:32 PM
 
Originally Posted by melmic113
Out of curiousity I called Apple directly and asked about whether or not the Radeon 9550 would be able to handle Core Images and both reps told me yes it can.

~M
How dare you do the logical smart thing! We like to speculate and complain...



I'm probably picking up one of the 12" iBooks if my local CompUSA gets 'em in stock this weekend...

Voch
     
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Jul 26, 2005, 03:37 PM
 
Originally Posted by Voch
How dare you do the logical smart thing! We like to speculate and complain...



I'm probably picking up one of the 12" iBooks if my local CompUSA gets 'em in stock this weekend...

Voch
LOL!!

I'm also going to pick mine up this weekend -- can't wait!!

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[FONT=tahoma]G4 iBook / 1.33ghz / 40gb HD / 512mb RAM ~~ iPod 20gb[/FONT]
     
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Jul 26, 2005, 04:31 PM
 
This is great. I'm just gonna wait at most a month before buying the iBook. The Powerbook is due for an updated within the next 30 or so days.
     
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Jul 26, 2005, 04:42 PM
 
From http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/

Confirmation that new iBook Radeon 9550 has Tiger Core Image/Video Support - Earlier today I mentioned the new iBook line is using the Radeon 9550 graphics chip and guessed it had Tiger Core Image/Video support (since the desktop 9550 is based on the R3xx/9600 series) but wrote a contact at ATI to verify that (yes it is).
Apple's iBook graphics page mentions quartz extreme support but didn't mention Tiger Core Image/Core Video support.
(For those that missed the posts here earlier this year - although the OS X Tiger page listed a Mobility 9700/Desktop 9600XT or higher was required, the Mobility 9600 and non-XT 9600 also have Core Image/Video support in Tiger.)
     
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Jul 26, 2005, 05:11 PM
 
Originally Posted by melmic113
Out of curiousity I called Apple directly and asked about whether or not the Radeon 9550 would be able to handle Core Images and both reps told me yes it can.

~M

HOW DARE YOU UNDERMINE OUR RANDOM SPECULATION!!!!
     
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Jul 26, 2005, 05:17 PM
 
Originally Posted by Pao|o
This is great. I'm just gonna wait at most a month before buying the iBook. The Powerbook is due for an updated within the next 30 or so days.
I think now is the time to strike. While not a bad idea to wait for the PB update, I don't think it's going to be anything all that amazing. Apple already said that the consumer models would go Intel before the pro line...

Obviously you may be planning on using your system for other uses, but I'm buying the lower end system now so that I can buy a higher end system once we bridge the x86 ahead.

Just my 2ยข
     
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Jul 27, 2005, 11:13 AM
 
I think Apple may release the G5 Powerbooks within a month's time. Call me an optomist but IBM already announced the low power 970FX powerpc processors a few weeks back. If the PBs arent G5s or prices arent cut then I'm going with the 12" iBook.
     
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Jul 27, 2005, 06:06 PM
 
Originally Posted by Pao|o
I think Apple may release the G5 Powerbooks within a month's time. Call me an optomist but IBM already announced the low power 970FX powerpc processors a few weeks back. If the PBs arent G5s or prices arent cut then I'm going with the 12" iBook.
There is NO WAY Apple is going to release a G5 PowerBook. Period. It would require a complete redesign, provided that the low power G5 are available which is NOT the case. The only thing the PowerBook will get for its last PPC update is the 7448 which is pin-compatible with the 7447. And it won't be available before october I bet, because Freescale doesn't produce them in large quantity either for now.
     
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Jul 27, 2005, 06:46 PM
 
CoreImage is supported.
     
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Jul 31, 2005, 09:05 PM
 
I picked mine up today... CoreImage works just fine. I'm impressed with the overall package and got a free iPod out of the deal.
     
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Aug 2, 2005, 01:14 PM
 
How'd you manage to get a Free iPod?
     
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Aug 2, 2005, 02:26 PM
 
"back to school deal" my GF works for a school. They give you $50 for the edu. discount and a free iPod (well, a coupon that is). Not bad IMHO.
     
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Aug 2, 2005, 08:03 PM
 
Not to mention, $100 off for printers too.
     
   
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