ATI 4870 vs a new card

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by matteusclement, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. matteusclement macrumors 65816

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    I use motion and color a lot.
    My mac pro has a 4870 right now.
    How much better is a higher end card on the market right now?
    In other words... is it worth buying a new card for the performance bump?
    (25%+ is good in my world)
     
  2. SatyMahajan macrumors regular

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    About a 1% increase in Motion (according to Barefeats.com).
     
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  4. SatyMahajan, Nov 18, 2010
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    For the apps you talk about (Color and Motion) you're not going to see a huge gain like 25%. For gaming and more general graphics usage you'll get a decent gain. The 4870 is still a good card (equivalent and sometimes better than 5770).

    Take a look at Rob's benchmarks: http://barefeats.com/wst10g4.html

    Of course a lot of this can change with improved drivers and better software support. I'm sure Final Cut Studio 4 will better utilize OpenCL for added performance boost.
     

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