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Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MacVidCards, Oct 20, 2009.
Yeah, this would be a good default card for the Mac Pro: Supports OpenCL, has a reasonable performance and is quite cheap by now.
And another fact which speaks in favor of Apple adopting this card: It's one generation behind
would be more fun to read "apple buys all 5000 cards"
ofc apple buys all the 4000 series card, I mean, they are the only company that can sell them for 300-400$
This is utter BS if it's true. It's going to be a 2 year old card in 2010. I think this is a fake rumor and I'm hoping it is. I don't think Apple would go that low. At least the 5000 series. (5870 fingers crossed)
Uhm yeah, tell that to the current Geforce GT120 standard card the Mac Pro comes with...
Yeah, GT120 basically = 8600GT, from 2006
It seems like 's switching off Nvidia cards entirely except for the integrated 9400M, based on the recent iMac and Macbook product bumps. Wouldn't surprise me at all if the 4850 became the new low-end Mac Pro card. Also wouldn't surprise me if the 5870 became the new high end Mac Pro card.
It's like they're doing pendulum swings on which card manufacturer they prefer...it was almost all Nvidia in the past. Though to be fair, I think manufacturing issues and the superior price/performance offered by ATI cards may have a lot to do with this switch.
Maybe Apple is just gobbling them up for the new iMac.
Why wouldn't Apple use the HD 5750 for the low-end card?
That is a distinct possibility. iMacs are bigger numbers anyway.
There is no new BTO for the Mac Pro in Apple store and no new after market ATI card.
Because they can stick a 4000 or a cr*p Nvidia 100 series in, charge a premium price and get away with it. Wouldn't you ? Are they worried their customers are going to buy PC "junk"? The hook is set and Apple reels it in.
The New Imac uses mostly 4000 series, maybe for them.
GT120 is very old tech.
4850 would be nice for Mac Pro entry
High end cards won't be used for the entry level regardless of price/performance. It just isn't suitable. You can see from the 7300GT, 2600XT and GT120 what Apple will likely use next. They don't need to offer a powerful card to sell systems and many don't want one eitherway.
Quite right. An unnecessarily powerful card is additional power consumption, heat (and required cooling), and expense that low-end buyers will not want to deal with. That said, the 4850 would be better, relatively speaking, than low end cards thus far. By the time there's a new Mac Pro out, there's even a chance will try to rig it with an entirely passive cooling system, feasible on lower powered cards like that.