9800GTS or ATI?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Ikyo, May 22, 2008.

  1. Ikyo macrumors 6502


    Feb 27, 2008
    I currently have a 8x2.8 MacPro with a non-Apple 8800GT in it. I was considering adding another card for Windows use such as the 9800GX2 or an ATI card. I was wondering if anyone has had experience with this and what my best option might be.
  2. macz1 macrumors 6502


    Oct 28, 2007
    I would wait a couple of weeks to see how ATIs upcoming RV700 and Nvidias 280 GTX will perform. At least there will be a price drop for the current products.
    And there is the planned 3870 for mac which should also appear this month and is expected to work very well under OS X (although you would be a generation behind the actual)...
  3. Ikyo thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 27, 2008
    I wouldn't mind the 3870, but it isn't the X2 model.
  4. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2008
    You would be a gen behind... which is significant in this case, since ATI is claiming performance of their 4870 to be equal to or better than a 3870 X2.... making it one powerful card.

    And you know how the pricing goes for Apple's version of graphics cards, gen-old or not :x
  5. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    Frankly, if it is for gaming I don't see the point in getting a Radeon HD 3870 if you already have a Geforce 8800 GT in the machine.
  6. m1stake macrumors 68000

    Jan 17, 2008
    The 3870 will provide a great experience whether you're playing games or on the desktop. The 8800GT doesn't work quite as smoothly in the desktop environment. At least for the moment, since the driver sucks.

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