The "PC graphics cards in a Mac Pro?" Thread

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by MovieCutter, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. MovieCutter macrumors 68040

    MovieCutter

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    Anybody care to speculate on if we'll be able to pop in a PC graphics card and use it in Boot Camp? The X1900 is a sweet card, but I don't want to do my usual pattern of upgrading my tower by selling the old and buying the new over 6-8 months.
     
  2. Abulia macrumors 68000

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    That's a very good question and I suspect we won't know the answer (for certain) until the first Mac Pros are in the hands of early adoptors.
     
  3. michaeldmartin macrumors regular

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    I wouldn't be suprised if they had special firmware to stop that from happening; nonetheless quad 7950's (8 GPU's) would be pretty frickin' sweet!
     
  4. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    Depends on the drivers. Still a little surprised Apple went so cheap with the base card in a $2500 machine. The 7300 Gt get 44 FPS in the base machine at 1280 x 1024 the upside to that is you could just pop in another card I guess. The ati X1900 gets 106 FPS and the Quadro 4500 gets 110.
     
  5. Josias macrumors 68000

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    It's just ignorant, since the ACD's with their 14 ms, won't be able to display either 106 or 110 fps...:p
     
  6. topgunn macrumors 65816

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    I asked the following question to Rob-ART Morgan at Barefeets...
    His response...
     
  7. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    Just how much faster or slower is the stock GeForce 7300 card compared to the old GeForce 6800 Ultra that were bto options with the previous PowerMacs?

    I'm unsure if I should keep the 7300 or spend $350 to get the ATI X1900?
     
  8. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    With 7300 think of the 6600. In otherwords its quite a bit slower then the 6800 line. The 7300 is a hundred dollar card that Apple sells for $150
     
  9. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    Cool, thanks. :cool: These model numbers are confusing.
     
  10. ipacmm macrumors 65816

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    I guess if you have a PC graphics card I would give it a try to see if it will boot, my guess is that within a month someone will have it figureded out how to run...if not you can always buy the Quadro FX 4500 512MB.:)
     
  11. speakerwizard macrumors 68000

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    yes, im dying to know this, i love apple but god damn does the graphics card situation tick me off, in the past ive tried flashing but its like rocket science sometimes. Apple if you intend to aim products at high end graphics users and scientific visualisation SORT OUT THE GRAPHICS CARD SUPPORT / PRICING!, rant over lol
     
  12. YoYoMa macrumors 6502

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    I hope this works, I am NOT looking forward to having to pay the Apple premium on my future cards.
     
  13. ender78 macrumors 6502

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    There are a number of card related threads in the Mac Hardware forum. Check them out for specific details.
     

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