Cancelling HD 4780 for GTX 285. Who else?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by imacdaddy, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe the delayed shipping for the HD4780 is good karma. After hearing about the GTX 285 for MP for June release, I think I'm going to cancel my order. I'm in no rush and would love to see some reviews before deciding again.

    Anyone else?
     
  2. macrumors 6502

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    seriously considering it. worst case, I end up ordering the 4870 again anyways.
     
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    irishgrizzly

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    Yep, just canceled 5 mins ago on hearing the news. I figured the same – I can always reorder the 4870 later if needs be. I've got a 8800 and have had no problems so I'm cool with a wait until June.

    A few questions if anyone can answer;

    1. What ports will this have? DVI/VGA?
    [​IMG]
    Looks like 2 x DVI

    2. Does this card offer better potential for SL in it's architecture?

    3. Any guesses on price?
     
  4. macrumors G3

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    re #2: yes. More pipelines == more ability to offload highly parallelizable tasks (e.g.: audio/video/image processing, etc.)
     
  5. macrumors P6

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    Well, LOOKING at the card, it seems to have two DVI. :p

    NO serious card has VGA anymore.
     
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    Tesselator

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    Yeah;
    [​IMG]

    Looks pretty cool! I hope it works in a 2006 MP 1.1 system! :D
     
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    irishgrizzly

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    Yeah, next time – eyes first, questions later :rolleyes:
     
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    Battlefield Fan

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    [​IMG]

    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 4870 2GB
    $244.99

    What was that? :p
     
  9. macrumors 65816

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    Not me, Nvidia has blown chunks on my machine for driver support. The only game I really play is BF2142 and performance on my X1900 ATI card was way better than the 8800 "upgrade" from Nvidia.

    I'm sticking with ATI which has been shown faster in core apps and in my experience MUCH faster in cider games as well, despite what any hardware disadvantages they may have.
     
  10. macrumors member

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    I'd cancel, but I need the Mini DisplayPort.
     
  11. macrumors 68000

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    I just dropped by EVGA site to check their prices on their other GTX 285s. The vanilla one is about $350. For those who aren't familiar with EVGA, they typically sell a reference edition of the card, then some fancier models, with firmware or cooling tweaks, that sort of thing, which are slightly more expensive. This card is likely to be another special 285, so in addition to the "overclocked version" and "water block version" you can now also pick up a "Mac Pro version". Judging by their prices on the factory overclocked cards, expect to pay somewhere at or just below $400 for this.
     
  12. macrumors member

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    ... why, oh why, can't it have a Mini DisplayPort.

    (or better yet, why can't we have a DVI to Mini DisplayPort adapter...)
     
  13. macrumors 6502

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    i was going to order the 4870 glad i didn't, i'm holding off until june for the geforce
     
  14. macrumors 65816

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    Because the overwhelming majority of people buying this won't give half a crap about Mini DisplayPort.

    DVI to Mini DisplayPort isn't going to happen (unless someone makes a full-on conversion box) because they're totally different signaling system.
     
  15. macrumors 6502

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    Just cancelled my order now. It was showing May 12th-14th anyway and I'm happy to wait another month.

    I had planned to get one 4870 and then perhaps a second for Crossfire if needed but that's fiddly, expensive and limited to windows. One 285 will do me for ages in both OS's.
     
  16. macrumors member

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    Just cancelled my 4870 too. This is some great news, also not being an Apple made card I can't see it being too far off the £280 Apple want for the ATI card.

    Hoping it'll be around £300-320.
     
  17. macrumors member

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    You don't think DisplayPort is here to stay?
     
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    Umbongo

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    It will be some time before non-Apple displays only have DisplayPort as a connection option. Other companies want you to buy and use their displays on any computer you want.
     
  19. macrumors regular

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    I cancelled my 4870 after reading the news on Appleinsider.
    The 8800GT is not much slower then the 4870 for what I do, and the GTX 285 seems more of a upgrade then the 4870 to me.
     
  20. macrumors member

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    That's fine. I was a little worried my recent purchase of a 24" LED Apple Cinema Display would turn out a fluke if Display Port turns out to never make standard.
     
  21. macrumors 6502

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    okay, waiting for the GTX 285 now

    cancelled my order for the 4870 and am waiting to see how the GTX 285 stacks up in terms of cost & price. always seem to be waiting on apple related stuff huh?
     
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    OddThomas

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    not cancelling. 4870 arrives some time today. i am upgrading from the ati 2600 so increase in performance is relative.:D don't want to wait anymore.
     
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    alam

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    guess i'll wait 4 nvidia :D
     
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    lannister80

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    Like ADC did, right? lol
     
  25. macrumors P6

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    Except DisplayPort is a free port, an internationally adopted standard, and many monitors have been made using it already. Fail.
     

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