ATi or nVidia for Mac Pro? (ATi has buggy driver?)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by thermodynamic, Jan 20, 2010.

  1. thermodynamic Suspended

    thermodynamic

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    Howdy! I am a Flash developer. On my Macbook Pro, Flash animations play fine.

    On my Mac Pro (early-2009, ATi 4870), the Flash movie window flickers and sometimes goes black.

    Should I spring and get a nVidia GTX285??

    Or could my 4870 be faulty?

    Thx for any advice/help!
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

    jav6454

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    Might I suggest waiting a bit? I am sure Apple is working on drivers for either the ATI Radeon HD 5850 or 5870.

    Also, bear in mind nVidia's Fermi architecture based GPUs are around the corner, although personally, I wouldn't pay for nVidia anymore, not after the whole 1.7% yields, wood screws, 275W low end cards, 20% missed clocks and wiring noises. However, we won't know Fermi until Q2 2010, that is if nVidia doesn't decide to delay the launch again...
     
  3. gotzero macrumors 68040

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    My (flashed) 4870 is running swimmingly. I am looking forward to OpenCL improvements, but nothing is impacting my user experience.
     
  4. thermodynamic thread starter Suspended

    thermodynamic

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    I know the 5870 is a powerhouse; I wouldn't be surprised Apple is working on drivers, either. (I think my 4870 might have a flaw, but reading how much faster the 5870 is over the GTX285... :D )

    Thx for the advice. I WILL wait for the HD 5870 and not go back to nVidia -- that's astounding, about nVidia's screw-up. I know they had the video chipset snafu a couple of years ago, but wow...
     

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