PCI-Express Video Card Options

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Bastich, Nov 2, 2005.

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Has the lack of a PCI-Express ATI video card affected your Dual Core purchase?

  1. Nope, nVidia is the way to go.

    3 vote(s)
    12.0%
  2. I'd prefer ATI, but have to buy a G5 NOW.

    3 vote(s)
    12.0%
  3. I'd prefer ATI, so I'll hold off as long as I can.

    3 vote(s)
    12.0%
  4. ATI all the way! Won't buy a G5 til they release a PCI-E card.

    4 vote(s)
    16.0%
  5. No preference either way.

    8 vote(s)
    32.0%
  6. Too late, I already ordered my G5!

    4 vote(s)
    16.0%
  1. Bastich macrumors regular

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    Just wondering what everybody thinks of the current offerings available for the Dual-Core line of PowerMacs. Has the lack of an ATI card affected your purchase?

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  2. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I'm not in the market right now, but I certainly wouldn't want an nVidia card with one unless it was the standard card.
     
  3. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    just out of curiosity what's wrong with nvidia?
    all my video cards so far have been ati but that's just because they've either come built-in or were the best price v performance solution. dont really care either way :D
    oh, and i'm not in the market for a dual-core but meh :/
     
  4. Bastich thread starter macrumors regular

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    Does anyone else find it odd that the low-end PowerMac has more video card options than the high-end?

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  5. Bear macrumors G3

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    Nope, as it's only one more option. And that's the low end default option. And it's only a $50(US) price difference.
     
  6. Bear macrumors G3

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    The lack of an ATI option isn't an issue. What's the real issue (to me at least) is that the 7800GT isn't avaiable to go with the initial Quad shipments.

    If the 6600 proves to be not enough, I'll order a 7800 and if I decide I want a secondary display, I might use the 6600 for that. (The secondary display will not be anywhere near as large as the main display.)
     
  7. jaduffy108 macrumors 6502a

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    I switched...

    >>>Graphics performance choices on the Apple PMs were one of the main reasons I bought a PC workstation from Boxxtech with a FX3450. Now, I have BIG needs in this department...3d. That said, i think it's great Apple has FINALLY offered a Pro graphics card. (First time ever! Can you believe that???) Unfortunately, the new PM's only offer the FX 4500 in the Pro arena...overkill for me since I'm mostly an animator, don't need 3d stereo, etc...and the GeForce cards are GAMING cards...not good enough for me. (Can one be satisfied with a 7800gt doing Maya? yes..but it's not a "Pro" card.)
    ATI is not a good choice for working with Maya...so that choice is based on my main app.
    Also, the gpu drivers are optimized for the PCs...they are NOT for the Macs...which is a bummer. Buy a FX4500 ($$$) with a slightly crippled driver??? No thanks.

    just my thoughts...

    peace
     
  8. Bastich thread starter macrumors regular

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    Whoops...

    Interesting news item today: http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/

    Seems the 10.4.3 update breaks openGL on some nVidia cards. I wonder if this is why many people prefer ATI's products. They seem to work more closely with Apple and offer more driver updates.

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  9. risc macrumors 68030

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    Where is the "I already own an AGP Power Mac, BRING ON MACTEL!" option?
     
  10. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    I'll probably be getting a quad with a 7800 - but I'm going to wait until things are actually shipping - which means late December, early January. There might be more options by then - its too far in the future to tell right now.

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  11. Bastich thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hmmm... I guess it doesn't apply to you, since you're not in the market for a PowerPC Mac. We'l have to post another poll when the Macintels come out, and there's still no ATI cards.

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