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Is Apple Looking To AMD Over NVIDIA For Next Generation iMacs?

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News Posted: Fri, Dec 14 2012 11:16 AM
Apple's been known to be fickle when it comes to relationships with its hardware partners, and the latest evidence of that might be found in a job posting. The Cupertino company is in search of a Hardware Systems Electrical Engineer, one that has experience in either AMD or NVIDIA GPUs, it doesn't matter which. Or does it?

NVIDIA currently supplies the GPUs for Apple's newest generation all-in-one (AIO) iMac systems, and we haven't heard any chatter that suggests either side is unhappy with that relationship. It isn't necessarily odd that Apple is seeking an electrical engineer who might only have experience with AMD GPUs and not with NVIDIA, but it does open the door to speculation, if even just ever so slightly.

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The ideal candidate will be tasked with "electrical & system design integration of the iMac computer system" and "will be responsible for the design, implementation, integration, and qualification of complex computer systems." Knowledge of Intel chipsets is a must, as well as parallel memory interfaces (DDR3/GDDR5), but when it comes to GPUs, Apple seems rather indifferent.

It's probably much ado about nothing, but worth keeping an eye one.
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OSunday replied on Fri, Dec 14 2012 1:44 PM

This could be some great news for AMD, maybe apple will even offer options to choose between either AMD or Nvidia GPU's in the future.

A decision choice like that to be available would benefit everyone.

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Dorkstar replied on Fri, Dec 14 2012 1:52 PM

What conspiracy theorist wrote this article?  I'm going to chalk this one up to someone's over thinking the job posting.

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OSunday replied on Fri, Dec 14 2012 5:54 PM

Shhh don't go bubble bursting, just keep hoping for the best so AMD can get the little push it needs haha

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i am sure they already have such experts. it is not like they fired everybody , they used to have amd graphics.

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thought I like intel cpus better, I hope AMD, looking to make some  $ on their stock... 

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Dorkstar replied on Fri, Dec 14 2012 11:19 PM

OSunday:

Shhh don't go bubble bursting, just keep hoping for the best so AMD can get the little push it needs haha

 

I can't agree more, but this job posting is about as descriptive as samsung's "the world is waiting" video.

 

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OSunday replied on Sat, Dec 15 2012 12:25 PM

I see you're point..

 

"The world is waiting"... for what? And are you sure they're waiting if they don't even know what they're waiting for? lol

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RiCoFrost replied on Sat, Dec 15 2012 2:42 PM

Good for AMD bad for apple fans, intel are far better then amd right now.... hate to say it but they are. AMD was in front for a few yrs but has been lagging behind.

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OSunday replied on Sat, Dec 15 2012 3:40 PM

Maybe in terms of processors alone, but I think it's talking graphics wise here. AMD Vs. Nvidia in terms of market share leans heavily towards Nvidia but when you compare the performance of the products they each beat each other out in different categories from low resource to high resource demanding applications.

Apple using AMD for graphics wouldn't be a bad thing for Apple fans at all, depending on what GPU they select from AMD to use in the next generation of iMacs 

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Apple using AMD is definitely not a bad thing...in the realm of laptops though. I would wholeheartedly support Apple for releasing a MacBook Air (or for that matter even a Pro) with an AMD APU with Radeon graphics and not an Intel HD4000 chip. I mean, seriously guys?

I've never been a huge ATI/AMD fan (usually the drivers are far buggier than nVidia's) but it's a moot point in OSX. Besides, not being Windows (read here: DirectX), doesn't OSX use OpenGL drivers (which ATI/AMD has usually been better at)?

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OSunday replied on Sun, Dec 16 2012 12:58 PM

My mom owns a couple of iMac's that I'm almost 99% sure have AMD integrated graphic solutions and they worked great for photo/video editing and the occasional gaming I'd play on them.

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sevags replied on Sun, Dec 16 2012 3:46 PM

Hasn't apple had the choice for a while? I know that early 2009 model all in one iMacs had 3 nvidia video options (9400m, 120, and 130) and if you bought the most expensive model you had a choice of a higher end AMD card

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OSunday replied on Sun, Dec 16 2012 5:43 PM

I don't think so? I think certain generations of iMacs have been restricted specifically to who they were in a contract with. I don't know the exact time frames that it was Nvidia or AMD though

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realneil replied on Tue, Dec 18 2012 11:36 AM

My iMac 24" had a 1GB Radeon GPU in it. (also an "Extreme" series CPU)

It worked well.

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OSunday replied on Tue, Dec 18 2012 5:48 PM

Yup, the one I used (still unsure and unable to check ATM) had a Radeon GPU as well and ran Starcraft II and a few other relatively recent games on Medium

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