GTX 285 in a mac pro

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  1. juliancs macrumors 6502

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    I've put an offer in on a second hand mac pro, with a GTX 285 1GB in it. I can't find much info on this on the mac site - is this a very old/bad card for gaming?
     
  2. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    Err, quite the opposite. The GTX 285 is the fastest card currently available for Macs.
     
  3. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    Still the freshest GPU available for the Mac Pro. Don't confuse him.
     
  4. juliancs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, just bought it. Specs:

    One 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processor
    6GB (3x2GB) memory
    640GB hard drive
    1TB hard drive 1
    18x double-layer SuperDrive
    Apple wired keyboard and mouse
    GeForce GTX 285 Gfx card
    Mac OS X Snow Leopard
    Mini display port to DVI adapter (for connecting that extra monitor)
    Airport extreme Wi-Fi card
    Elgato EyeTV TV tuner (Watch and record live TV on your mac pro)
    Original box and all original manuals


    Is that Xeon 3500 or 5500? Does it make a huge difference? :apple:
     
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    Xeon 3500… the 5500 part has 2 QPI links and costs more than 2x as much for each chip.

    How much was it?
     
  7. juliancs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I hope I've not shot my self in the foot performance wise? It was ending soon so I grabbed it for my audio work instead of an i7 iMac. No nice big screen, but yea. I payed 3142 US dollars for it (bought it in pounds). 3 Months left on the warranty so I'll pick up applecare. I can't wait :)
     
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    Good card but I found it to be sub par for use with Final Cut Studio, unfortunately. Nvidia just doesn't do much about their drivers.
     
  10. juliancs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I only need the power to run Logic - I am composing for games. I've heard the GTX 285 is ok in windows for games?
     
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    Mini displayport to dvi? I thought the gtx 285 only came with dual dvi and Jo mini displayport connections.
     
  13. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    Was probably bought for the GT120 it came with.
     
  14. juliancs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Given that you're mostly focusing on audio content creation and not visual stuff I don't see how it should be a problem, that monitor is a little on the steep side *but i come from a country where a 22" is about £90. Hope you enjoy your new Mac Pro and screen : )
     
  16. juliancs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'll go into town and look at the one place to buy screens, see if I can pick one up right away...I can't stress how stretched I am for cash now - with bills to pay!

    If I'm looking at performance in games on windows, is the GTX 285 1GB the same as the mac one? Can I expect the same as the graphs are showing?
     
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    I thought I'd just put this out there, just in case your not aware, we will likely see the next generation of Mac Pro's in the next several months.
     
  18. juliancs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I know -there is no way I could afford a new mac pro though.
     
  19. Topper macrumors 65816

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    Nope, it is excellent for gaming in Windows.
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  20. juliancs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, it's fallen through. The guy buying my macbook pro has pulled out in the last possible second, real idiot. I now can't afford the mac pro and have to cancel on this poor guy. I'm gutted :(
     

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