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mattsi
Dec 2, 2008, 10:06 AM
Hi folks,

I've been trying to decide which video card upgrade to get and am a bit torn between the 8800GT and the Radeon 3870.

I've got a 1st gen Mac Pro with the ATI X1900. Most of the games I play on XP under Boot Camp are RPG's- LoTRO, Mass Effect, and hopefully Fallout 3. On the Mac side, I play WoW heavily and the performance has been good, but hoping to boost it a bit.

From what I gather, the 8800 is stronger for games yet weaker in Core video performance. Since I don't really use any Pro apps on OS X (just iLife stuff for the family), would the 8800 be my best bet?

I saw the BareFeats tests comparing the 8800GT and Radeon 3870, but since I don't play any of the games they tested, I'm unclear as to how stuff like LOTRO or Fallout 3 would perform.

Has anyone tried these games under the 8800GT and/or 3870?

Thanks for any advice!



SHADO
Dec 2, 2008, 04:13 PM
I would go for the 8800GT. But why not get a better card? Like this one: http://www.ewiz.com/detail.php?p=AT-4850D51&c=fr&pid=5c8d61617fb194f0aabde9ddec1301e5589185309c3b28992f984c07d49f3d3c
I don't know how much $ the 8800GT you are looking at is, but it should be about the same as the ATI 4850HD, which is a much better card.

amtctt
Dec 4, 2008, 01:20 PM
Hi folks,

I've been trying to decide which video card upgrade to get and am a bit torn between the 8800GT and the Radeon 3870.

I've got a 1st gen Mac Pro with the ATI X1900. Most of the games I play on XP under Boot Camp are RPG's- LoTRO, Mass Effect, and hopefully Fallout 3. On the Mac side, I play WoW heavily and the performance has been good, but hoping to boost it a bit.

From what I gather, the 8800 is stronger for games yet weaker in Core video performance. Since I don't really use any Pro apps on OS X (just iLife stuff for the family), would the 8800 be my best bet?

I saw the BareFeats tests comparing the 8800GT and Radeon 3870, but since I don't play any of the games they tested, I'm unclear as to how stuff like LOTRO or Fallout 3 would perform.

Has anyone tried these games under the 8800GT and/or 3870?

Thanks for any advice!

Let me know what you go with. i play LOTRO quite a bit and the 1900 works fine, but man, i'm tired of the fan always on. really want something better. and i don't think i have AA turned on either.