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View Poll Results: Split-Multi-Poll: For your 64bit MacPro(s), which GPU would you go with?
MacPro 64bit 1,1 / 2,1 + GTX680 3 10.00%
MacPro 64bit 1,1 / 2,1 + GTX670 4 13.33%
MacPro 64bit 1,1 / 2,1 + GTX580 4 13.33%
MacPro 64bit 1,1 / 2,1 + GTX570 5 16.67%
MacPro 64bit 1,1 / 2,1 + HD7970 3 10.00%
MacPro 64bit 1,1 / 2,1 + HD7950 6 20.00%
MacPro 64bit 1,1 / 2,1 + HD5870 3 10.00%
------- DON'T BOTHER ME ------- 5 16.67%
MacPro 64bit 3,1 ~ 5,1 + GTX680 6 20.00%
MacPro 64bit 3,1 ~ 5,1 + GTX670 5 16.67%
MacPro 64bit 3,1 ~ 5,1 + GTX580 4 13.33%
MacPro 64bit 3,1 ~ 5,1 + GTX570 7 23.33%
MacPro 64bit 3,1 ~ 5,1 + HD7970 3 10.00%
MacPro 64bit 3,1 ~ 5,1 + HD7950 4 13.33%
MacPro 64bit 3,1 ~ 5,1 + HD5870 4 13.33%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 30. You may not vote on this poll

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Old Mar 29, 2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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GPU for 64bit 1,1 and 3,1 on?

Caution, split poll.

So with all the news and speculation which GPU would you select for the MacPro running 64bit kernel for each: the MacPro 1,1 & 2,1 and also the 3,1 ~ 5,1?

If you wanna add your reasoning or discuss some aspect hereof feel free. It's all good!


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Old Mar 29, 2013, 06:06 PM   #2
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I voted for what I have..

I'll stay on the green team
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Old Mar 29, 2013, 06:27 PM   #3
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Since the ATI Radeon 7950 uses EBC firmware, this would be the best choice for any Mac Pro generation, as Nvidia's are ALL EFI64 only - eliminating the 1,1 and 2,1.

5870 would be great for those who have no interest in using ML at all and wishing to stay put. Again, all of ATI/AMD's cards use EBC firmware.. I only hope AMD continues supporting older Mac Pros with their EBC goodness.
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Old Mar 29, 2013, 08:10 PM   #4
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Since the ATI Radeon 7950 uses EBC firmware, this would be the best choice for any Mac Pro generation, as Nvidia's are ALL EFI64 only - eliminating the 1,1 and 2,1.
Well, no. the poll shows the 64bit boot-loaded MacPro 1,1 and 2,1. So it's all 64bit all around. It really is quite simple to boot a 1,1 or 2,1 into EFI64 from what I've read.
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Old Mar 29, 2013, 08:52 PM   #5
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Simple in terms of using the Chameleon boot loader.. It allows the system to boot into 64-bit. Consider the hackintosh bootloader to be a helper utility to inject 64-bit capability into the 1,1 and 2,1 Mac Pro..

I haven't used it on my mac pro since it already is 64-bit kernel capable, but I do use chameleon on my gateway.

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Well, no. the poll shows the 64bit boot-loaded MacPro 1,1 and 2,1. So it's all 64bit all around. It really is quite simple to boot a 1,1 or 2,1 into EFI64 from what I've read.
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Simple in terms of using the Chameleon boot loader.. It allows the system to boot into 64-bit. Consider the hackintosh bootloader to be a helper utility to inject 64-bit capability into the 1,1 and 2,1 Mac Pro..
Yup, that's it exactly.

And weather or not people are actually doing that part of this poll after/if it becomes more populated, ought to reflect the number of folks who have digested this information. Err, at least I would think so.
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While I like to tinker with my Mac machines I gave up on my 2006 back in 2007 and no longer have one.. I have a 2010 Mac Pro and this problem does not affect me, but just for kicks and giggles I might install chameleon to see how it would work on my mac pro..

I wonder if there is a use for chameleon on Mac Pros higher than 1,1 and 2,1? Multi-booting different OS'es perhaps?
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I wonder if there is a use for chameleon on Mac Pros higher than 1,1 and 2,1? Multi-booting different OS'es perhaps?
No idea. I suppose so tho. Transform the MP wholly huh? Hehehe...
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Old Apr 1, 2013, 03:13 PM   #9
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Any more poll takers out there?
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Just made my vote on the green team
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Old Apr 2, 2013, 01:37 AM   #11
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Thanks man! Green is good I guess.
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 08:19 AM   #12
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I wonder when the GTX7xx cards will release? I long time yet to come?
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 09:07 AM   #13
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I will be looking at a 680 4Gb which, in the UK at least, are a rare as a very rare thing. Failing that I would fall back to the "safe" option of a 7950 3Gb but one which was clocked a little higher than stock.

I do consider my requirements to be somewhat niche, however.

I just want a card with as much vram as possible simply to play Skyrim at 1440p as it is too easy to fill even 2Gb at 1440p without going mad on the textures and ENB. 3Gb would be the minimum as Skyrim will easily use upwards of 2.5Gb even on a single monitor above 1080p.

While I would prefer a card that ran at PCIE 2.0 in bootcamp, I have come to the conclusion that for my application it isn't really necessary. When playing games, the card is rarely pushed 100% like it would when running a render so if I hit the PCIE 1.0 cap it would only be for brief moments rather than all the time. Gaming is not a time-critical task like real world work would be.

So, to answer the poll, I would prefer a 680 but only the 4Gb version, failing that then a PC 7950 modified to run EFI.
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I will be looking at a 680 4Gb which, in the UK at least, are a rare as a very rare thing. Failing that I would fall back to the "safe" option of a 7950 3Gb but one which was clocked a little higher than stock.

I do consider my requirements to be somewhat niche, however.

I just want a card with as much vram as possible simply to play Skyrim at 1440p as it is too easy to fill even 2Gb at 1440p without going mad on the textures and ENB. 3Gb would be the minimum as Skyrim will easily use upwards of 2.5Gb even on a single monitor above 1080p.

While I would prefer a card that ran at PCIE 2.0 in bootcamp, I have come to the conclusion that for my application it isn't really necessary. When playing games, the card is rarely pushed 100% like it would when running a render so if I hit the PCIE 1.0 cap it would only be for brief moments rather than all the time. Gaming is not a time-critical task like real world work would be.

So, to answer the poll, I would prefer a 680 but only the 4Gb version, failing that then a PC 7950 modified to run EFI.
That makes sense. I think I'll probably get the 680 as well. But I think the 4GB cards are too expensive. OC is a good thing tho. Those Jetstream cards look nice. BTW, if you or anyone anywhere needs me to get and send them a 680 it's not a problem. There's lots of them in the shops right now. About 20 of two or three brands of each 550 on up and 650 on up - per shop is typical. So if you (or anyone) has paypal and wanna do that just lemme know. Shipping is typically +$30 and prices are about the same as in the states $30.

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I wonder if there are any folks out there using the Jetstream cards? Are they any good?


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Just made my vote on the green team
AMD and NVIDIA are both green.
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Old Apr 7, 2013, 04:26 AM   #17
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Voted for 570 and 670 for 1,1.

BTW, tried 7950 and 7870 in 64 bit in 1,1 (Chameleon) drivers do not work, that same as in 32 bit.
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AMD and NVIDIA are both green.
Voted for GTX 570.
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AMD and NVIDIA are both green.
Huh?

I'm probably being dense but here is the Red Team/Green Team thing
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Huh?

I'm probably being dense but here is the Red Team/Green Team thing
Maybe Badagri was basing his comment on the colors of the bars at the voting panel as both are green colored.
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I own a GTX 570, and im bias to anything nvidia for the most part

My only experience with an ati card was a X1600 Pro I had that crapped the bed and at the same time the motherboard in that gaming rig died too...
I liked the card's power at the time, but that sorta made me weary of them.

Never had a problem with any of the many nvidia cards ive owned yet.
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What's with people clicking every single option? No manners or what gives? First it was BoHab and now ItsATrap!

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I voted for what I have..

I'll stay on the green team
Same did I. The GTX 570 was a nice upgrade...
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Huh?

I'm probably being dense but here is the Red Team/Green Team thing
2006 was the last time they were called ATi. AMD is green. Unless you go AMD Radeon.

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