Best graphics card?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Slimdude22, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. Slimdude22 macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2008
    What is the best graphics card right now out there for gaming, movie editing, 3d graphics, and will be able to use the next generation HD monitors? preferably under $300. And if there is a better one coming out soon then what?

    I have a late 2008 Mac Pro. 3.0 ghz. 4gb memory. and am looking to upgrade my graphics card.

    Thanks :)
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Radeon 3870 for not games, GeForce 8800 GT for games.
  3. kabunaru Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    Radeon HD 3870 is fine for games.
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Of course, of course; it's just better than the 8800 GT at everything else.
  5. Slimdude22 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2008
    okay great i was thinking of the 8800 it looks like a decent all purpose graphics card. about $280 on so i guess that fits my requirements was just wondering if there was a better one.
  6. Topper macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2007
    The HD 3870 is probably the better card over all.
    The 8800 GT is better for games.

    Rumor has it the HD 4870 is coming out for the Mac Pro.
    If/when that happens, it will be the best card.
    It will even beat the 8800 GT in most games.
    It's price should be around $300.

    In January, there may be a new Mac Pro.
    With the new Mac Pro will be newer and better cards.
    They may be available for the 2008 Mac Pro.
  7. pnyc macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    If you're considering the 8800GT you might want to look into flashing a PC version of the card with a Mac Pro compatible ROM :

    I've done it with a $80 8800GT I got off of eBay. If you're a gamer there are also ways to overclock this card by adjusting the settings in the ROM and flashing the card with the modified ROM.
  8. Semiopaque macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2008
    ATI Radeon HD 3870 Mac 512MB GDDR4 $196 free shipping if you want something ready to go out of the box. It says HD 3780 in the item title but it's the 3870 (typo I guess).

    If you wait a bit, this used to be listed on Ebay from same seller and you could use the cashback live % off I believe. Assuming they put it back up there, that is.

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