8800GT can will be better with drivers update?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Cromas, Mar 17, 2008.

  1. Cromas macrumors member


    Feb 21, 2008
    All we know the http://barefeats.com/harper10.html test about the 2600 are be better for pro apps... I dont know if its true or what but with if its true with drivers update in the future the 8800gt can be a better card that 2600, I hope so I order the 8800gt! :eek:
  2. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Definitely yes it will perform ALOT better with the better graphics drivers. Just wait until 10.5.3 and leopard is still in its early stages, I'm forsure there will be an update, there is no way a HD 2600 card will keep up with an 8800gt, just too huge difference in class/type/spec card. ;)
  3. sirris101 macrumors member

    Jan 9, 2008
    I know it is certainly possible drivers will improve performance of the 8800GT in Pro apps, but is there really any indication Apple/nVidia will take the time to optimize? Do they really care?

    Is there any precedent of Apple doing this in the past? Releasing updated drivers for the other nVidia cards that have been in the Mac Pro? Were those updates bug fixes or did they also include performance tuning?
  4. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Yes they should care since its their newest card.
  5. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    Presumably yes. However, I don't see why apple's 10.5.3 update would affect the performance... more likely you're waiting for a driver update from nVidia, not Apple.
  6. junior77 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2007
    Apple sometimes includes driver updates in OSX updates.
  7. GotPro macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2007
    Well I bet if we all got together (us 8800GT owners) and filed a class action lawsuit over the crappy pro apps performance...

    Right on the front page of the Mac Pro Graphics page... it says, and I quote...

    "For motion graphics, 3D modeling, rendering, or animation, you’ll need the greater graphics horsepower offered by the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT with 512MB of GDDR3 memory and latest-generation NVIDIA GPU technology."

    Well... wanna freakin' BET?

    That... my friends... is a SERIOUS offense.

    Would be like buying a new Z09 Corvette with 1000HP advertised for more money, only to have it run about like a Cobalt when compared to the BASE engine (for less) in the stock run of the mill Corvette.

    You can bet there would be an uproar... I can't believe Apple hasn't already been sued for this.
  8. Roy macrumors 6502

    Jul 6, 2006

    It's more than likely that Apple will sue you for costing them sales with your disparaging remarks with no documentation on your part.:D
  9. GotPro macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2007
    We have documentation... and all the ammunition we need....


    Not only the the stock 2600 beat the pants off the 8800GT in the Pro Apps... even the OLD Mid-Level x1900 beat the 8800GT in the pro apps... handily.

    Yeah, sue me apple... sue me... lol :D
  10. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    Actually the 1900xt was the high-end ATI graphics card when it came out (it's about three generations old now, maybe three.. lessee... x800... x1900-->x1950, 2900 HD, 3870-->3870X2; I guess it's like, 2.5 gens old.

    But yeah, it was the high-end.. you'd expect it to easily outperform the 2600xt, which is obviously a gen and a half old.

    But yeah. They'd probably argue it's applying only to 3D apps... and then they'd argue that they're a multibillion-dollar a year company with an arsenal of lawyers behind them and you're in trouble :D
  11. GotPro macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2007
    and I'd tell THEM to stick it where the sun don't shine... :D
  12. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    Haha, I hear you. Don't blame you, either. Of course, they'd probably file a charge for that, too =]

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