ATI Radeon 5770 in Mac Pro 2009 vs Geforce GT 120

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  1. Mac Hammer Fan macrumors 6502

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    I don't play games. Would this card give a noticeable speed improvement vs the slow stock Geforce GT 120? Apple claims this card is 5 times faster.
    I use Photoshop and do a lot of video-editing.
     
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    What apps do you use for video encoding? If it's intensive enough, then a faster GPU will definitely help but it won't speed up iMovie ;)
     
  3. Mac Hammer Fan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I use iMovie, FinalCut Express and Toast Titanium 10.
     
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    Night/day difference in even regular tasks... I replaced my GT 120 with the 5770, even moving windows around is nicer... Major speed improvement. Get it.
     
  5. Mac Hammer Fan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I also have the QuadCore Nehalem. Could you post the xBench results?
    TIA
     
  6. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    It's slightly slower than the 4870 so if you search for results for that :)
     
  7. 3587 macrumors 6502a

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    Never benchmarked it... Just know that it is MUCH faster than the GT 120... I also had the GTX 285 and for what I did, I didn't notice anything less going down to the 5770. Just get it, you'll love it!

     
  8. 2contagious macrumors 6502a

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    My GT120 is virtually silent.. can't hear it at all.. whereas my 5870 card (2010 Mac Pro) is probably the loudest piece of hardware in there :(

    Is it normal that the GT120 is so crap that it can't even display the stack opening in a grid animation smoothly?
     
  9. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

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    The GT120 can play games pretty well at 1920x1200 even with some AA and AF.

    It's just **** coding from Apple on the animations front, the 4870 does lag abit too (Time-machine animation for example).
     
  10. Transporteur macrumors 68030

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    It's the other way round in my system. The GT120 definitely is way louder than the 4870, but it might have a bad fan, I'm not sure.
     

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