best way to show off mac pro/1900xt

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by foxxlet, Sep 8, 2006.

  1. foxxlet macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2006
    London, UK
    my mac pro with the ati 1900xt finally arrived. I bought the 1900 mainly for windows stuff, but I'd really love to show it off to my friends in mac os.

    So, any ideas of 3d game demos, tech demos, smooth lovely things I can try out? :)

    I'm new to mac so I'm not sure where to start looking for this stuff. I've tried searching but keep coming up with terrible shareware games.
  2. Videographer macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2006
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I tried the Doom3 demo and Quake 4 demo, but they both seemed to run alright with the 7300 (I'm sure your card would spank them).

    However Call of Duty 2 gave me some trouble when I set everything to high/extra. There's a lot to customize in that game (even in the demo). Pick it up here:

    I don't know how to get a fps read out, but if you just say it runs smooth as liquid silk at maxed out settings, I'll get the idea. ;)
  3. foxxlet thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2006
    London, UK
    as soon as i get home I'll try those 3 things and let you know how it goes later.:D
  4. damado macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2006
    I just love making a screensaver run on the desktop, but I'm easily amused.
  5. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    this isn't really a "cool" or "mind-blowing" feature, but my roommate likes to see the application windows stretch and compress when they are minimized to the dock. other features of the OS seem to impress windows users, such as expose and dashboard.

    i don't game on my computer, so i can't suggest anything there.
  6. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Handbrake benchmark at the following settings:

    mp4 file
    H.264 encoding, baseline profile
    1500kbps average video bit rate
    128kbps audio
    full resolution

    Rip about 5 - 10% of the movie, tell us the average fps score.

    For comparison, at those settings my 1.2GHz G4 would average 3 - 5 frames per second. Slloooooowwwww.......
  7. aiongiant macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
    i tried some handbreak conversion of the office dvd
    for H264 at full rez
    i was getting a good 50fps for my 3ghz Mac Pro with 1 gb of ram
  8. foxxlet thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2006
    London, UK
    yeah i'm getting 58 fps average here with those settings on team america.:)
  9. stapler macrumors member

    Sep 3, 2006
    The videocard should have little to no influence on Handbrake performance...

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