Faster ATIs coming for Mac Pro Early 2008s?

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  1. netdog macrumors 603

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    There was a lot of talk a while back about faster ATI boards showing up in OS X kexts and then being pulled in the final release. Wondering if these ATI boards are due to be introduced. A while back, I think somebody here said that one of these models was fanless, and that would be of great interest to me. Anybody know anything about any of this?
     
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    I must have missed the others but the (ATI RV635 Prototype OpenGL Engine & ATI RV620 Prototype OpenGL Engine) look like the pairing for a set of ATI Mobility GPUs.
     
  3. iFizz macrumors regular

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    why only early '08?

    Not sure. But, I hope Apple has learned its lesson and will release all future GPUs with both 32-bit and 64-bit drivers in the ROM enabling both old and new Mac Pros to run them.
     
  4. netdog thread starter macrumors 603

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    The video cards I am referring to are PCI cards, not mobile solutions. I am not sure of the numbers, but maybe 3270? Something like that.
     
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    The ATI Radeon 3650 and 34×0 are likely the mobile solutions, and since the iMac has the hiccup in updates -- that might be the victim.
     
  6. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    Not to crush your hopes but no current Mac features a PCI slot.

    If you mean PCI-Express slot then it is a whole different game ;)

    The RV635 (Radeon HD 3650) and RV620 (Radeon HD 3450) are just die-shrinked versions of RV630 (Radeon HD 2600) and RV615 (Radeon HD 2400).

    65nm versus 55nm. Of course the thermals have gone down and the performance a bit up.

    The Radeon HD 3870 or the FireGL V7700 would be nice to have for professional applications.
     
  7. netdog thread starter macrumors 603

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    we seem to have gotten onto mobile parts but I am asking about cards for the Penryn Mac Pro.
     
  8. Amethyst macrumors 6502

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    From Singapore store HD3870 evidence

    I'm pretty sure HD3780 is in the line for Mac Pro 2008 :D

    but before or after 10.5.3 is the question ?

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Looked back, the card has been in and out of the updates for a long time, so no telling when.

    With all the ATI card problems (both in HW and SW) that makes it a big :confused: as far as slapping the bugs down to a PIA level to ship.

    The iMac is still being held back, may be good news on that front ... the Mac Pro went to market without it, so who knows.
     
  10. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    Um... remember the update for the 2006 Mac Pros?
     
  11. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    I have a feeling soon we will see new gpu's for the 8 core mac pro as the price has dropped for the nvidia 8800gt.
     
  12. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Nope. The price drop was to justify the price drop for the 2006 8800 GT.

    You're stuck with these three for the run of this model.
     
  13. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    I just dont understand though why apple would drop the price for the 06' mac pro's version of the 8800gt gpu when its the exact same as the 08 model?? They could have easily charged the same price it was going for on the 08 version.

    This is why it leads me to believe there will be more gpu updates (not right away of course) but maybe end of this year with new ati cards. I think that they dropped the price on the 8800gt cards so that apple can get rid of the current 8800gt cards in stock sooner getting ready to release a new card.

    I think that apple is much different than what it was 3-4 years ago when it was tied down to PPC. And now with intel and it even surprised me with the 8800gt cards available on the 06 model mac pros that I wont be surprised if newer cards are available for the mac pros. Also dont forget that apple uses the same intel now which is alot easier to implement the same gpus and support for it as well.

    Either way I'd probably stick with the 8800gt for another year as its more than enough for me since the only game I play on the windows side is COD4.
     

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