So, them Mac Pro graphics sure do…

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by killr_b, Feb 7, 2007.


What graphics card is missing from Mac Pro users?

Poll closed Mar 9, 2007.
  1. Low-end, like an ATI X1600

    0 vote(s)
  2. High-end, like an ATI X1950

  3. High-end, like and nVidia 8800GTX

  4. Gonna die w/o SLI!!!11!!! AKA: needs to be a PC at least

  1. killr_b macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2005
    Need improvement.
    What kind of card do you need for the mac pro to be kewl?

    That should have read, "like ATI and nVidia 8800GTX."
  2. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    for the work the majority of people will buy it for, they would much rather the 2 dual core chips than a $1000 GPU. Photoshop (for the most part) doesn't touch the GPU; its all RAM and CPU performance, which the Mac Pro excels in.

    If they were to make a gaming machine with the stock GPU, then i would be saying they are stupid for putting that card in. But for the meantime, the GPUs in all of Apple's computers (including the MacBooks and Mac Minis) more than fulfills the needs of a vast majority of users.
  3. me hate windows macrumors 6502

    me hate windows

    Jan 18, 2002
    Since it is a Mac PRO, the minimum should be a 7600GT, but preferably something with a little more power, such as a 7900GS or 7900GT. The 7300 just doesn't cut it, but you definitely don't need SLI.
  4. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    If you want a gaming PC, I wouldn't buy a Mac Pro. I'd either buy from a different company, or build one myself.

    Now, if I was using it for work, none of these cards would be a problem. If I wanted to buy this computer for work AND gaming, then it's still OK. In order for the Mac Pro to be inadequate for gaming, you'd need to find someone on the market for a computer as powerful as a Mac Pro, that also happens to play games. Now, that person also needs to play the most high-end games and INSISTS on playing with completely full settings, since the graphics cards available for Macs are already decent enough to run 99.9% of games quite well, although not from a bleeding edge point of view, where an extra 8 fps is worth paying an extra $300 for a better video card.

    I think the Mac Pro line is fine. Another 2 cores would be a better option to offer.
  5. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    We need some better cards in the Mac Pro. The X1900 XT was fine at the time, but Apple need to ensure there's always an upgrade path for such a wonderful machine, and not six months to a year behind the PC market either.
  6. crazycat macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2005
    I always felt the need to upgrade my graphics card in my mac, i have the ATI 1900 and its really nice for gaming but sometimes i feel i still need the extra power that is available in the pc market.
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    I agree, the 7600GT should be the standard card in the Mac Pro. I would like to see the 8800GTX offered as a BTO component though. :)

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