Nvidia 8800 GT

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  1. I'mAMac macrumors 6502a

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  2. Deerhunter04 macrumors member

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    Wow, this card is a beast.

    I seriously doubt they'll add it to the Mac Pro. I've heard that this card is extremely loud and very power hungry. Apple likes their computers to be silent.
     
  3. wsgroves macrumors member

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    I just purchased one from new egg, the 8800GTX that im gonna throw in my mac pro. Hopefully it will be here tomorrow and if not monday. I'll let you know how it works out.
     
  4. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    yes, please do post results. The 8800GTX seems like a whole new level in graphics power. :cool:
     
  5. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    If it fits inside the Mac Pro case. And no, I am not joking ;)
     
  6. wsgroves macrumors member

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    It should fit ok. I have a 7900GTX in it now. The new card is an inch and a half longer then the 7900 so it should be fine. I'll let ya know.
    As of this second, it doesnt look like it is going to ship today so may have to wait till monday.
     
  7. dusanv macrumors 6502

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    You didn't read a single review, did you? It's actually fairly quiet and the power consumption for the GTX is ~7W more than the x1950XTX. GTS power consumption is actually below x1900XT/x1950XTX. It doesn't have any of image quality problems of its predecessor (7xxx) either and it rips. I sure hope they start selling it soon because I'd get one (well, I'm frugal, I'd go for the GTS).
     
  8. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    damn thats a beast.

    but €669 here for the 8800GTX = $858 :eek: :eek:

    I'll stick with the X1900XT for a year or so before i upgrade. Besides Vista & DX 10 is still not out, might be better to wait till they iron out the first generation glitches.

    But no doubt it's a mighty card. I wonder what ATI are going to do ?
     
  9. aiongiant macrumors 6502a

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    planning to buy the 8800 GTX
    althoguht i'm not sure if the MacPro can even handle the power requirements?
    or if so how would i route the power cords?

    i'm excited to buy one so must know hehe

    anyone know which is better BFG or XFX?
     
  10. knome macrumors 6502

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    yea the two extra power cables required may be hard to find in a mac pro.
     
  11. AlwaysRight macrumors member

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    BFG is significantly better. can't remember which review i saw it in but you will find it if you look up 8800 on google
     
  12. aiongiant macrumors 6502a

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    i was looking at the motherboard of the MacPro
    and seems like theres 2 power connectors there

    i know one is made for the vid cards dunno about the other one?
    anyone know if there enough voltage going trough thoese bad boys?

    if so...
    where can i get thoese connectors? i hear there not normal size??
     
  13. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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    So atm it would be good idea to just purchase a stock 7300 in the Mac Pro and then buying a 8800 later, when they get a little bit cheaper? :)
     
  14. dusanv macrumors 6502

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    Guys, the 8800 you buy now would only work in Windows, not OS X. You do realize that? NVidia/Apple have to supply a Mac firmware for the card for it to work on OS X.
     
  15. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    More accurately, NVIDIA needs to supply the firmware, and Apple needs to supply the drivers.

    I'm hoping as PCs move to EFI and (hopefully) Apple continues to gain marketshare, the first won't be necessary, and the second will be taken care of by NVIDIA/ATI.
     
  16. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    They already have a unified shader architecture graphic chip. It's in the Xbox360 ;)

    Early next year we should see the R600, which is their first unified shader graphic chip entry for the personal computer.

    Rumoured specifications are supposed to be:

    R600
    80nm
    700Mhz-800Mhz
    64 unified ALUs
    32 ROPs
    32 TMUs
    512-bit memory bus, 512-bit Ringbus **
    512mb gddr4 @ 2.0-2.4 Ghz
     
  17. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    Right now all cards are built by Asus, so the only thing that could differentiate them would be the cooler. Either the reference designed cooler or some 3rd party.
     
  18. aiongiant macrumors 6502a

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    yeap i plan to have it with dual inputs
    all vga for windows and all dvi for osx my lcds can take both so all i do to is switch inputs

    but yea now is jsut a matter to trying to figure out how to power up the 8800 GTX
     
  19. Deerhunter04 macrumors member

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    Thank You, you are so kind. I actually did read some reviews and a lot of people were saying that the fan on the card is loud. It might be a certain manufacturer, but in any case, that is what they said. The GTS is still power hungry. Even though it might be on par with other cards, it still requires 2 power connections that the mac pro doesn't have. Better make sure you get a splitter.
     
  20. I'mAMac thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  21. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Cool. Does that mean the 360's gpu will have some DX10 hardware accelerated features then.
     
  22. Meemoo macrumors member

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    I don't think this card will work in the Mac Pro. If you can get it working - let me know. I'll buy a Mac Pro.
     
  23. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    I wonder when the midgrade and low end DX10 cards will show up? I was going to get a 7600GT but now Iam thinking of just waiting for dx10 version of the 7600GT:) One thing though is these things are power hogs. the 8800 is using 177 watts! I can hear the power companys just a yelling at those gamers.
     
  24. JayRx1981 macrumors newbie

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    Well, the Titan release might make it so the 8800 works in OS X as well. I've not honestly heard of anyone actually trying Titan in their Mac Pro, though, so I could easily be wrong.
     

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