Boot Camp, the iMac, and system quietness
September 11, 2006 11:41 AM Subscribe
Gaming on the iMac -- how does the ATI Radeon X1600 (and its fan) handle the 3D graphics load?
posted by Gordion Knott to computers & internet (5 answers total)
Last time, I asked about gaming on the iMac via Boot Camp, and you gentle souls assured me that yes, Half Life 2 runs with few hiccups.
I've seen this machine in person, and it's way quiet. Not Mac Mini quiet, maybe, but quiet. Which gets me to wondering: with the middle of the road ATI Radeon X1600 in the machine, how does Apple keep the iMac up to its standards of quietness?
Most ATI and Nvidia cards I've seen sound like F-15s gassing up in a windtunnel. Is the Radeon X1600 specially modified for the iMac to reduce the volume of the fans? Or is this an especially quiet card?
Whisper-quiet hardware headhunted me from Linux to the Mac Mini in the first place. I'd like to continue this experience with the iMac. Any thoughts on the GPU volume of this machine -- or anything related to gaming under Boot Camp -- would be greatly appreciated!