GeForce 8

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Machead III, Oct 7, 2006.

  1. Machead III macrumors 6502

    Machead III

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    I was thinking about going all out some time mid next year and buying a MacPro. I've only ever had consumer Macs before, but I'm sick of the lack of expandability, and I like the idea of having some fun with the Pro's gaming capabilities.

    I was wondering, will the GeForce 8 be comaptible with the MacPro? I know bugger all about graphics cards, but I know that's going to be one of the first DirectX 10.0 cards, and I know BioShock will need DirectX10.0, and I know I NEED BioShock ^^
     
  2. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I would imagine that a GeForce 8 Mac-compatible video card would eventually be made. :)
     
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    One of the main advantages I saw for the Intel migration was the potential for a larger number of peripheral devices for Macs. Whether this translates into more video cards, I am not sure. We may see the evolution of more choices, but only for the Intel Macs.
     
  4. link92 macrumors 6502

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    The difference is the same as it was with PPC: firmware. In the case of the Intel Macs: BIOS v. EFI.
     
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    A poster here has discovered that if you stick in a EFI compatible card solely for bootup purposes, a third party PC card can be installed and used with no problems.
     
  6. knome macrumors 6502

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    but with the direct x 10 cards needing a completely new card architecture. Will OpenGL be adapted to it any time soon? or is it already?
     
  7. Machead III thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hmm, I wonder if DirectX 10.0 is worth effectively having no GPU while in OS X.

    Probably not.

    nVidia could write a Mac driver in no time I imagine, but knowing them, we'll have to wait months after the release.
     
  8. timb macrumors regular

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    For the most part, OpenGL stays on par with DirectX, feature wise. DirectX really isn't that impressive of a API, and it's a shame it still exists.
     

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