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New iMac has a need for speed

Dan Moren takes a closer look at what the changes to Apple’s iMac offerings will mean to that desktop’s performance.

Apple posts graphics firmware update for iMacs

Apple has released a 1.0.1 firmware update for iMacs equipped with Radeon HD 2400 XT and Radeon HD 2600 Pro-equipped iMacs.

Apple updates iMac with faster processor, graphics options

Apple updated its iMac line with faster processors, as well as offering new build-to-order options.

Nvidia 8800 GT card comes to first-gen Mac Pros

Nvidia's GeForce 8800 GT card is now available as an upgrade kit for first-generation Mac Pros.

From the Lab: Mac Pro options put to the test

The current Mac Pro may be the most customizable machine to ever come out of Cupertino. But what do each of those options add in terms of performance? Macworld Lab has configured a Mac Pro to test tweaks to memory, the hard drive, and the graphics card to figure out what effect each upgrade has on the Mac Pro’s speed.

Make the MacBook better for gaming

When it comes to playing games on the MacBook, the laptop’s integrated graphics is only part of the issue. Improving the way integrated graphics are implemented on the MacBook is likely to boost performance, developers say.

Apple posts Radeon HD 2600 XT update

Apple has updated the firmware included on the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics cards available for Mac Pros.

Nvidia offers new Mac programming tools

Nvidia is offering new tools that enable Mac developers to leverage the power of their GPUs with non-graphics applications.

From the Lab: Testing the Mac Pro graphic card options

Apple offers a bevy of add-ons and options for its Mac Pro desktop, and Macworld Lab is looking at each one to see how it affects performance. First up: graphics cards. We upgrade the Mac Pro to an Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT card to see whether the impact on performance is worth the extra $200.

From the Lab: 10.5.2 update boosts Mac Pro’s graphics

The recently released Mac Pro desktops performed well in all our testing—except for our 3-D tests involving Quake 4, where it initially lagged behind even a Power Mac G5. However, this week’s OS X 10.5.2 and Leopard Graphics Update 1.0 improve matters considerably.