ATi 2600 vs My ole Geforce FX5200 and

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by seemars, Jan 12, 2008.

  1. seemars macrumors newbie

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    Im bout to upgrade to the new Mac Pro from my old PC. I am waiting till Macworld is over to do so. Just to wet my curiosity, I wondered the level of magnitude this upgrade is. Im going form a

    Pentium 4 3.0ghz w/ NVidia Geforce FX5200 and 2GB of 400mhz ram to the new base model Mac Pro.

    I will mostly be editing together video in Final Cut.

    What kind of improvements should i see? Is this gonna be like 4 times as fast, or like 7 million times as fast?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    4 times as fast if not more sounds good to me. It'd be a major pain trying to find someone that did a direct benchmark of the two video cards.

    The nVidia FX series was a rather bad line of cards as well.
     
  3. bluedoggiant macrumors 68030

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    How about the iMac's 2600XT vs that nVidia Geforce5200? I had the same card in my old sony vaio 3.2ghz pentium 4, 1GB ram at XP media center edition.

    I now have the 24" 2.8 C2E imac.

    And how much more would I be able to bump up the graphics settings in FSX? immensely? I am willing to run this under XP pro bootcamp.
     
  4. ZachPruckowski macrumors member

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    You're probably running at low-resolution with lowest settings. The FX5200 is about 3 generations of graphics cards behind. The X2600XT is a mid-range card and not a particularly awe-inspiring one, but just about anything recent will beat a FX5200. I'd guess you'd can play with medium-high quality settings. I looked at a benchmark, and apparently you'll have a hard time hitting 30 fps in Ultra quality settings. This was at 1024x768, so I don't know how you'll do if you run it at 1920x1200. The other factor is CPU - FSX is CPU-intensive, and you made a major jump, which'll help no doubt.
     

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