New MacPro 3GHz... But what Video card should I get??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Anto38x, Aug 19, 2006.

  1. Anto38x macrumors member


    Aug 19, 2006
    Cork, Ireland
    Hi there.... I have decided to purchase the new MacPro 3GHz and I have other threads on here seeking advice about the accompanying Display and RAM. One other issue that I don't really have knowledge about is the video card. I curremtly have a PowerMac G5 2.0GHz Dual with the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Card with 128MB of DDR. I could be going for either the 23" or the 30" ACD. What card should I choose when I go to configure my new MacPro in the Apple Store. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Here are the Apple Store Options:-
    NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB (single-link DVI/dual-link DVI) [- Eur 360.00]
    2 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB [- Eur 210.01]
    3 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB [- Eur 60.00]
    ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (2 x dual-link DVI)
    4 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB [+ Eur 90.00]
    NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB, Stereo 3D (2 x dual-link DVI) [+ Eur 1,320.00]

    Yours sincerely,
    MacUser and MacAddict
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    I personally think that the X1900 is the sweet spot with price/perfornamce. Unless you are doing seriously heavy lifting then it is not worth the extra pounds to step up to the 4500.
  3. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (2 x dual-link DVI)
  4. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
  5. amin macrumors 6502a


    Aug 17, 2003
    Boston, MA
    That's what I did. Buying on the edu site, the upgrade kit is $50 less, so after selling the 7300 GT for a few dollars, it won't cost all that much more.
  6. quruli macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2006
    It would be important to know what you are doing with this machine.

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