Anyone have a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by buster84, Aug 2, 2016.

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Which card would you choose for your mac pro?

  1. Nvidia Geforce GTX 6GB ($249)

    7 vote(s)
    58.3%
  2. AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB ($199)

    1 vote(s)
    8.3%
  3. AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB ($249)

    4 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. buster84, Aug 2, 2016
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    buster84 macrumors 6502

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    I'm planning to upgrade my GT120 to something better here soon and im considering the AMD RX480 as well as this GTX 1060 which bestbuy is selling it for $250 (although sold out right now).

    I'm sure there are no mac side drivers yet, but i figured id ask here to see if anyone was able to buy this card with the intention to use it in their mac pro?

    I'd love to hear more about it. Since the RX480 is out of stock almost everywhere ive decided to just wait since prices have jumped over msrp (price gougers). Since im waiting i figured id look around at alternative. Considering this card is only $50 more than an RX480 (4gb model) it might be worth the upgrade, but it really depends if its supported by OSX or eventually will be.
     
  2. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    They are selling a $650 card that's constantly out of stock for $250? If so, that must be a pricing mistake.

    Can you provide a link please? I'd like to try to get one even though it's probably a waste of time.
     
  3. buster84, Aug 2, 2016
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    buster84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Lol that was a mistake I was talking about the 1060 like I typed in the thread title and aparently I when I typed that part out in the message I accidentally typed 1080 for some reason lol. Whoops
     
  4. h9826790 macrumors G3

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    I choose the RX480 8G, but only if there is full driver support in OSX.
     
  5. mmomega macrumors 68030

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    to my knowledge there are no web drivers for OS X yet for the GTX 10 series cards.
    I picked up the 1070 but am running it on a PC at the moment.
     
  6. ActionableMango, Aug 2, 2016
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    I think I would wait to see which card gets supported by drivers in OS X, and then get that one.
     
  7. thornslack macrumors 6502

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    The self-flashable GTX 680 continues to be a pretty reasonable choice for cMP if you want something cheap to hold you over. Several reference models sold under $100 with a quick look on ebay. Still a huge upgrade over the GT 120.
     
  8. buster84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm not to concerned about OS X drives since I play all my games on Windows anyways, drivers would be nice since, but I'm not to concerned since I can keep my gt120 in as well for OSX if needed. My monitor also accepts two hdmi cords so id only have to switch the input, but OSX drivers are definitely a bonus.

    The GeForce 1060 seems to be a better card over RX480, but the RX480 works in crossfire where the 1060 does not.

    Does anyone know if duel video cards are worth it? Do you get double the performance like one would expect? I've never really been into video cards that I'd have to purchase outside of t being built in or customized (my 780m in iMac) this is all new to me.
     
  9. ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    Yes, that was the old standby method. It gets you boot screens too, if it's an Apple GT120.

    But starting with Windows 10, many people were having problems getting these cards to coexist in the same computer. @SoyCapitanSoyCapitan knows more about it:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/gtx-970-and-gt-120-under-win-7-fail.1803620/#post-22305728
     
  10. buster84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is this because it's a nvidia card or would an older Mac AMD card cause the same problem?

    It sounds like it's a drivers issue, but why not just disable the second card in Windows all together? That seems like a better alternative to preventing the drivers from installing.
     
  11. h9826790 macrumors G3

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    All games downloaded from Windows AppStore is NOT exe format, no real full screen (only boarderless window). So, no crossfire avail.

    Steam games still have Crossfire, but really depends on the game, some works very well, almost 100% scaling, but some will cause artifact, shuttering, make the games unplayable.

    If money and power consumption is not an issue, single powerful card usually work better.
     
  12. buster84 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I actually havnt bought pc games in a while. The last one i got was D3 at launch. I play games mostly on my xbox one anyways, but i have plans to get a 4k monitor and start buying a few games from steam since they have good sales every so often and my xbox one controller works with windows.

    In regards to most computers 1 big card would be better, but since our cards run and pci-e 1.1 wouldn't you get more performance from 2 cards than one? Or do video cards not max out pci-e 1.1 yet?
     
  13. h9826790 macrumors G3

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    I wouldn't worry about PCIe 1.1. I install my 2nd 7950 in a x4 slot, only 2.4% performance penalty. PCIe 1.1 x16 = PCIe 2.0 x8, and my card can perform well in a x4 slot. So, yes, it will has some penalty, but should lost less than crossfire. For crossfire, the 2nd card can easily lost >20% performance if the software is not optimise properly. Even though the current GPU are much faster than my 7950, but I doubt will it lost 30% performance just because of PCIe 1.1.

    http://forums.macrumors.com/threads...mac-with-2-d700s.1732849/page-5#post-21722712
     
  14. omvs macrumors 6502

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    I got a 1060 for eGPU with my rMBP, but debating putting it in the mac pro once osx drivers show up. Its a pretty seriously powerful card for the price, and a huge upgrade over the GTX 960 I was using before.

    A while back I had tried coexisting in my 2009 macpro a GT120 and another nvidia card (can't remember if it was a GTX680 or GTX970), and windows 7 was not happy about it - bluescreened on boot, and had to remove the GT120. Not sure if the situation has improved with newer versions of windows.
     
  15. theitsage macrumors 6502a

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    I've used a 980 Ti in my 5,1 for a while, dual booting OS X and Windows. I recently got an RX 480 and have been using it with MacOS beta. Native driver support for RX 480 will be better than GTX 1060.
     

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