ATI Announces 4890 Availability - $250.00

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  1. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030

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    Funny how ATI's brand new card, the successor to the 4870, can be had for only $250.00. Meanwhile, Apple demands $350.00 for a card now made obsolete by its successor. :rolleyes:

    I'm looking forward to seeing the "Race to Dump the 4890" thread that will no doubt materialize here. And I'm also looking forward to picking up one of these cards and making it work in my mac pro, while simultaneously giving the finger to Apple for expecting us to pay $350.00 for a card that retails for $179.00. :mad:

    Feedback has been submitted to Apple via the Mac Pro feedback link on their site. I made it clear that the 4870 pricing is ridiculous and an insult to the informed consumer. :apple:
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Hmm...

    Do you think that it would be possible to run a 4870, 4890, and GT 120 at the same time?

    Secondary PSU, of course, but would that work?:D
     
  3. nicolasmasset macrumors regular

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    Yeah me too, but I doubt the ati card will have minidisplay!
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    So? Flashed 4870s have both their DVI ports working perfectly, and generally people like not having to buy an adapter on top of the price of their new computer and graphics card just to get their displays to work.
     
  5. shinchan72 macrumors member

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    He was bringing up a valid point for people who do have the Apple 24" led displays. You must use an actual Apple 4870 or GT 120 to be able to use them.
     
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    But then you need two GT 120 or one 4870 and one GT 120 to use them, anyway.

    People flashing cards don't care about the new Cinema Displays, so it's irrelevant.
     
  7. Whiteyez macrumors regular

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    I would like also to see a 4890 in my mac pro 09. The good thing is that its use only 268W in full load power, and 65W idle. And the Radeon HD 4890 requires only two six-pin PCI-Express power connections.:D
     
  8. Eithanius macrumors 65816

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    Do they ever really read on customer feedbacks from that link...? And did you feedback Apple with that finger of yours..? :D :D :p

    Because if you don't, I do... for killing off the 1st-gen Mac Pro owners by denying them proper video graphics upgrade options, other than the crappy X1900 and the over-priced 8800GT. Even the AASP (Gold service) in my area had the guts to quote me $550+ for an 8800GT (as opposed to $279 at the online store) which was already long obsolete in the PC world. :mad::mad:
     
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    Jeez… I idle at about 150% of your max load.
     
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    THat is because if they order it, Apple demands that they fit it. I had the same problem ordering it from my local store. They said the policy is stupid and to order it myself from Apple.
     
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    If you have a look here:

    http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/Sapphire/HD_4890/images/back_full.jpg

    It is a Hi Res image of back of 4890..........looks ALOT like a 4870........in fact the major differences seem to be in the power reg area.

    Well, we had a CURRENT GPU in Macs for...what was that, 3 weeks? If they had planned it a little better, they would have gone with a New Nehalem combined with New GPU.
     
  13. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    If any of you guys had bothered to read the Toms Hardware review you'd realize that the 4890 is only marginally better than the 4870.

    The main advantages come in with things like the better power management that reduces the idle power consumption of the card when using it in "desktop" mode.
     
  14. KoL macrumors member

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    I would love to see this card on my Mac Pro '08. :D
     
  15. MacVidCards Suspended

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    Netkas said the device id isn't in the kexts, as I recall.

    Be nice if it showed up.

    I also think that ATI device ids have become somewhat fluid, like Nvidia ones.
     
  16. Plutonius macrumors 603

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    It's interesting that the 4870 512MB and the 4870 1GB had almost the same performance in the benchmarks.
     
  17. Wild-Bill thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Despite the fact that this card is "marginally" better than the 4870, it's retail price is still 100.00 cheaper than what Apple wants for its mini-displayport infected 4870. :rolleyes:
     
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    Not straight off, no.
     
  20. jmpage2 macrumors 68030

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    And when is the last time you saw a PCI card, etc, from Apple that didn't have the Apple Tax (tm) applied to it? If you don't like what Apple is offering then don't buy. The fastest way to force a vendor to change their lineup and reduce pricing is to refuse to buy their products.
     
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    how does this card compare to the 8800gt? would i even notice a differece?
     
  23. Salavat23 macrumors 6502

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    A difference in what? In games, it is up to 2-3x faster with the settings cranked up.
     
  24. grue macrumors 65816

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    Depends on the game.
     
  25. iBug2 macrumors 68040

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    Why is that interesting? If the game doesn't use more than 512 GB of memory (most games don't) then it's pretty much irrelevant if you have 1 GB memory. Ofc they'd perform the same.
     

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