About to order the new macpro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by BeyondMountains, Jan 11, 2008.

  1. BeyondMountains macrumors 6502

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    I just wanted everyones opinion on which video card to get.
    I'll mostly be running PSCS3, protools, and logic pro.

    I see there is a 3-5 week wait for the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB (Two dual-link DVI) :(

    but I dont need it right away, i kinda want it though haha

    for my uses is this video card upgrade worth it?
    or can i get away using ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB (Two dual-link DVI)?

    thanks for your time.
     
  2. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000

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    The video card will have absolutely no impact on the programs you listed.
     
  3. ildondeigiocchi macrumors 6502a

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    The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT is a great card. It is 100 times better than the ATI 2600 XT. It has twice the memory and is a very high end gaming video card which means that it will deliver killer graphics performance in everything else. I am also planning on buying a new Mac Pro and when I do I will order it with the 8800GT because I plan on installing Vista on my Mac via Bootcamp to play games like Crysis and FSX. In my opinion, if I were you I would order the 8800GT unless you need the new Mac Pro right away. In that case you could always upgrade down the road.:):apple::) Hope this advice helped you! :)
     
  4. BeyondMountains thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know it wont do anything for protools and logic pro (just listed those to show what ill be using)

    but i would like to play games.. UT3 anyone?
    i wonder how it will run.
     
  5. oceanzen macrumors regular

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    He listed 2 music programs and a photo app!

    No need to waste time or money on a gamer and video pros card

    edit - Oh so you Are gonna play games. The only question to answer is, Do you want to wait or not, no one else can tell you that.
     
  6. ildondeigiocchi macrumors 6502a

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    If you want to play games like UT3 get the 8800GT.:):apple::)
     
  7. dimme macrumors 65816

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    I am in the same boat as the OP. I do lots of photoshop CS3 stuff. I do enjoy Flight Simulator X. Is the ATI card a dog? Does anyone have any benchmarks between the two?
     
  8. GoKyu macrumors 65816

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    I do mostly Photoshop CS3/Lightroom too - the default 2600xt w/256mb RAM is more than enough for me. I don't really play games (other than MAME...)

    -Bryan
     
  9. CWallace macrumors 601

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    It's not a dog, but the 8800GT will "future-proof" you longer.

    And considering Apple isn't exactly known for offering a constant stream of upgraded video cards during the Mac Pro's product lifecycle...
     
  10. chewietobbacca macrumors 6502

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    The 8800GT is easily 4-5x faster than the 2600XT in every benchmark you can think of. It's really not fair though, you're comparing a card based on the high-end enthusiast GPU vs. a cut-down lower mid-range card.
     
  11. Rowlander macrumors member

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    How about Final Cut? Do I get an advantage there with the 8800GT?

    I don´t plan on playing games with it nor doing any 3d-rendering. Well "Motion" will probably benefit but is it worth it if I mainly use Final Cut?
     
  12. jwdawso macrumors regular

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  14. darthraige macrumors 68000

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    I'm using Final Cut Studio 2 with the 2600XT and I have no complaints with it. Everything is running soooooooo smooth. I can skim across un-rendered footage and you can see it in real time, it's great! But keep in mind I'm coming from a G4 Dual 800 with a 64mb graphics card. I'm extremely happy with what the standard MacPro can do. I will buy the 8800GT in the Fall.
     

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