8800GT @ 2560x1600 ?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by smogsy, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. smogsy macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2008

    This is the System i Plan to Get.
    Mac Pro
    Dual 2.8Ghz QaudCore Xeon
    8GB Crucial + 2GB Apple
    500GB Stock
    1TB Samsung F1
    8800GT 512MB
    2x30inch dell 3008wfp

    i'm just wondering how well the 8800GT will handle 2560x1600, On The Games in Question Using Vista64Bit

    Counterstrike - Source
    On steam Forum they said maybe on Medium No AF/AF
    any user experience here?

    Crysis (only joking) but maybe 1600x1200 dunno.?

    HL2 - ep2
    i used to play this on a 7600GT Qaudcore 1920x1080 maxed (not great fps)
    so i should able to whack it to 2560?


    Post your Experiences
  2. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    One thing to keep in mind (and I may be wrong) but Boot Camp doesn't do Vista 64-bit. You can use Fusion but you lose DirectX.
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    You are wrong. Boot Camp has done 64-bit Vista for the Mac Pros since January and the MacBook Pros since February.

    Actually, it works on any 64-bit Mac. You just have to get drivers yourself.
  4. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007
    Well then I was right too.;)
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    You're going to need more power then the 8800GT for 2650 x 1600 gaming.
  6. smogsy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2008
    is it easy? i thought they put 32bit & 64bit drivers on the disc
  7. kabunaru Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    Get two ATI Radeon HD 3870s and CrossFire them when playing games in Windows at 2560x1600 resolution.
  8. WSU-Architect macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2008
    That's a lot of resolution for the card. Counter-Strike maybe, it's graphics are a couple of generations behind. Crysis would die. I play at 1900X1200 with custom settings and get good frame rates, but with absolutly no AA. If I even turn it on to 2x its goes to around 2-3fps. I also have to drop the resolution to 1600X1050 in some areas, like that stupid level inside the alien ship thing with no gravity.
  9. minicoop503 macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2008
    I agree. However, there aren't many options that are more powerful than an 8800GT at the moment.
  10. AppleNewton macrumors 68000


    Apr 3, 2007
    1 Finite Place
    the 8800 runs fantastically on that resolution for me.
    videos, games and pro applications it handles it very well.

    i usually set settings on the games at that resolution to med-almost high just to leave some head room in case, but generally no issues.

    with Vista-64 just use the latest bootcamp drivers for Vista and your set.

    works like a champ for me.

  11. m1stake macrumors 68000

    Jan 17, 2008
    The only thing good about Crysis is the graphics, the gameplay is pretty bland. I would skip it if you don't already have it.
  12. smogsy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2008
    i know what you mean i thought crysis was well boring...

    farcry was better imho

    So maybe i should get a 2600XT + GTX280 or wait on a 4870x2??
  13. kahine macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    I'd go for the two 3870's for Crossfire in bootcamp - mine give me good frame rates at 1920x1200 in AoC pushing 100 at times with details on high

    2560x1600 for the 8800gt is going to be really pushing it for later games - the 8800gtx I had in windows gaming rig was getting to be stressed the past few months at that res with the most recent games and had to sli it to keep going before moving to the mac pro

    At 1920x1200 and 2560x1600 two 3870's are going to be faster than one 8800gt

    Plus I like the 2d/desktop quality of the 3870 much better than the 8800gt in OS X once I got them in and switched

    I'd warn against putting a 280gtx in a Mac Pro simply due to heat - I had one for a few weeks before sellng the rig and it was a true space heater even inside a machine with two 120's pulling in full force from the front and two 120's exhausting out the back - the thing got amazingly hot and I'd be scared to put one inside a mac pro
  14. ildondeigiocchi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 30, 2007
    THE 8800GT is GREAT get IT!!!

    I've had my Mac Pro Quad 2.8GHZ with 8800GT and 30" ACD since February and let's knock on wood it has been running like a jewel on both the MAC and Win XP side. I have just finished playing Medal of Honor: Airborne on 2048 by 1536 on max settings with 16XAA and 8AF. It looked great. And whoever says that gaming on a 30" screen is impossible is definitely wrong. I have played HL2 on max at 2560 by 1600. Call of duty 4 max on 1900 by 1200 and Rainbow Six 2 on max at 1920 by 1440. So my advice is get the 8800 GT and it will run everything at high even CRYSIS except not at high resolution on that game. Run FSX great too. Love my Mac Pro. The card is great and don't worry because i'm sure that ATI and Nvidia are getting more interested in graphic cards for Macs which is great.
  15. kahine macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    Only issue there is many 30" monitors don't look that great at less than their native res -

    I'm in that camp where I cannot stand to not use whatever the native res is be it 2560x1600 on 30 or 1920x1200 on 24's

    Current games like Age of Conan , Crysis , World in Conflict and some other recent ones will choke at 2560 on an 8800gt - I wish it wasnt the case but I saw the recent ones like that begin to choke my 8800gtx

    If you want to run at high details and res currently the fastest solution in bootcamp as far as not having to flash/hack a pc card in is the two 3870's in crossfire

    Although the 280gtx will push 2560x1600 by itself and well at that its just it produces extreme heat as I noted

    If you dont mind running at less than 2560 for newer games the 8800gt will do well - games like HL2 that are older it can handle 2560 well true - its just a matter of preference

    (not knocking it at all - its just my own quirk that I cannot stand to not run in native res on LCD's)
  16. smogsy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 8, 2008
    99% of my gaming will be CSS which is HL2 Engine so Should be ok :D i dont care for AA That Much Either

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