5870 unboxing and install in 09 MP + gt120 comparison

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by galstaph, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. galstaph macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2002
    The Great White North Eh
    So I finally got my 5870 in today, and figured I'd add my pics and thoughts about it as well. I have a 2009 2.26 octo (6gb RAM [next upgrade]) that had the gt120 in it. i would have to say first off this new card is massive compared to the 120 (see pic), also it is quiet I cannot hear it at all, I guess I didn't realize the 120 was getting louder, fan was getting pretty dusty.
    As to performance, I ran cinebench and here are my results:
    Cinebench 11.5 OSX 64bit
    OpenGL GT120 15.36
    OpenGL HD5870 24.32

    Cinebench 11.5 Windows 7 Professional 64Bit
    OpenGL HD5870 44.67

    My cpu results for those interested was 8.24 on either os

    For thouse who had inquiries about jumping lines in autocad for mac, so far with a little testing, no jumping, runs great.

    so what this tell me is that yes, drivers are indeed the issue

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  2. dissolve macrumors 6502a

    Aug 23, 2009
    Wow never realized how tiny that GT120 is...or how giant the 5870 is :p
  3. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    funny how the graphics card dwarf every other component in a computer except for the dvd drive, which really isn't anything to measure against.
  4. Mac Hammer Fan macrumors 6502a

    Mac Hammer Fan

    Jul 13, 2004
    Galstaph, could you run The xbenchtest of your Card?
  5. deppest macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2009
    I went through a similar exercise with an ATI4870 which I toook out from a MacPro 2006 and put into a 2009 8x2.26 MacPro. It's a 1Gb reflashed PC card .

    Cinebench scores are very similar to what you posted for the 5870, i.e. 24.9 Open GL under OSX10.6.5 and 49.9 under Windows XP. Not much difference there between 4870 and 5870 but a big one between OSX and XP. Obviously, the 5870 (and the 4870) could do much better if it wasnt for the poor drivers in OSX.
  6. galstaph thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2002
    The Great White North Eh
    xbench results:
    Results 229.59
    System Info
    Xbench Version 1.3
    System Version 10.6.5 (10H574)
    Physical RAM 6144 MB
    Model MacPro4,1
    Drive Type SAMSUNG HD103SJ
    CPU Test 167.25
    GCD Loop 255.67 13.48 Mops/sec
    Floating Point Basic 151.04 3.59 Gflop/sec
    vecLib FFT 98.78 3.26 Gflop/sec
    Floating Point Library 306.66 53.40 Mops/sec
    Thread Test 877.89
    Computation 846.79 17.15 Mops/sec, 4 threads
    Lock Contention 911.35 39.21 Mlocks/sec, 4 threads
    Memory Test 318.28
    System 309.66
    Allocate 407.35 1.50 Malloc/sec
    Fill 199.67 9708.47 MB/sec
    Copy 449.42 9282.65 MB/sec
    Stream 327.39
    Copy 329.42 6804.10 MB/sec
    Scale 319.76 6606.18 MB/sec
    Add 336.31 7164.14 MB/sec
    Triad 324.52 6942.30 MB/sec
    Quartz Graphics Test 248.16
    Line 183.84 12.24 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
    Rectangle 258.66 77.23 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
    Circle 217.75 17.75 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
    Bezier 219.73 5.54 Kbeziers/sec [50% alpha]
    Text 588.38 36.81 Kchars/sec
    OpenGL Graphics Test 215.81
    Spinning Squares 215.81 273.76 frames/sec
    User Interface Test 368.53
    Elements 368.53 1.69 Krefresh/sec

    Disk Test 112.97
    Sequential 229.30
    Uncached Write 255.66 156.97 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 310.12 175.47 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 152.99 44.77 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 265.10 133.24 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Random 74.95
    Uncached Write 27.11 2.87 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 377.53 120.86 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 112.39 0.80 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 202.62 37.60 MB/sec [256K blocks]
  7. 2contagious macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2008
    How do you find the fan noise in comparison to the GT120?
    I bought a cheap GT120 on eBay after finding the GPU fan too noisy on the 5870 and the GT120 is silent, but crappy. The 5870 is loud, but has much much more power. Well..I get kind of a high whistle noise from its fan and that's really annoying me :/ other than that it's not really 'loud', but that high fan sound is driving me nuts sometimes because it comes and goes, slowing down the fan stops the noise..
  8. galstaph thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2002
    The Great White North Eh
    in comparison to my gt120, the 5870 is silent, I can just barely hear it (mind you I haven't pushed it yet... maybe a round of CODMW2 is in order). I find it quieter, but the gt120 had been getting louder due to dust in the fan, (I admit I didn't clean it out when I cleaned the rest of the computer), time will tell if the 5870 gets louder with dust accumulation.
  9. Major Reeves macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2009
    That's good to know.
    Well, since we all know quadro drivers are just pure crap on mac and the quadro 4000 lacks ECC ram thus making it useless for "scientific computing". Just ordered a hd5870, receiving it tomorrow or next monday, if it ends up being delayed because of the NATO crap here.
  10. Mac Hammer Fan macrumors 6502a

    Mac Hammer Fan

    Jul 13, 2004
    Strange, I was expecting better results than the GT120, but it isn't the case
    Mac pro 4,1 with nVidia GT120
    Quartz Graphics Test 252.51
    Line 219.67 14.62 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
    Rectangle 289.60 86.46 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
    Circle 242.55 19.77 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
    Bezier 248.58 6.27 Kbeziers/sec [50% alpha]
    Text 273.99 17.14 Kchars/sec
    OpenGL Graphics Test 220.21
    Spinning Squares 220.21 279.34 frames/sec
    User Interface Test 359.20
    Elements 359.20 1.65 Krefresh/sec

    However, there is a difference in the Cinebench test, but much more between OSX and XP.
    This proves that the ATI drivers in 10.6.5. could be much better.

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