5870 now or wait for next year's iMac?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by thermodynamic, May 7, 2011.

  1. thermodynamic Suspended


    May 3, 2009
    Or even this year's BTO 3.4GHz i7 model?

    I currently have a 2009 Mac Pro.

    I do a little gaming (Sims3, X-Plane 9, maybe Portal 2), and some 3D rendering (Bryce 7 Pro, Poser 2010).

    I know 1GB of RAM will help overcome an error Photoshop gives me when using pixelbender effects beyond a certain size (8.5x11 @ 300DPI is the maximum I can use with the 4870 w/512MB RAM.)

    But I've been eyeballing the latest iMacs for purchase late this year, if not purchasing a replacement Mac in 2012.

    Should I upgrade now or wait for next year?
  2. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, UK
    I can say that Portal 2 plays perfectly on the 2010 MP hex core with 5870.
  3. gpzjock, May 8, 2011
    Last edited: May 8, 2011

    gpzjock macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2009
    It ain't broken I'm not fixing it.

    My 2008 2,8ghz Mac Pro with 16 GB RAM and 5870 runs WoW very well and scores the same Geekbench total as a top spec 2011 i7 iMac, around 11000 pts.

    Buy the 5870 and stay futureproof until at least 2013. :D
  4. -BigMac- macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    everything plays perfectly on that machine ;D
  5. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    The 5870 is already a quicker card than the 6970m, which is the top-end BTO option in brand new iMacs. Plus, once an iMac GPU falls out of date (so speaks the bitter voice of experience...), there's no upgrading it.
  6. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
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    Theoretically, you can upgrade the GPU according to ifixit, problem is that the mxm cards cost a fortune.
  7. beto2k7 macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2010
    I don't know why people keep waiting for the perfect future. Technology gets obsolete as soon as you open the box. That's just how it is. If you need a computer now and can justify the cost then buy now. If you are asking what to do then my hunch is you don't really need it.

  8. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    Theoretically, yes. I mean, "theoretically", you can do whatever you want within the confines of current technology - but it'll be horribly impractical if you're doing it to an iMac.

    I don't know of anybody who's actually replaced a mobile GPU from an iMac.
  9. thermodynamic thread starter Suspended


    May 3, 2009
    Aye, true...

    And I ought to finish my research - how much will the 3D apps really benefit from the faster video card and if it's worth the $500 investment... (Plus, I don't often create print-grade materials and the only games I play I don't play often.)

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