Has anyone ordered a 4870 for 2008 Mac Pro?

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  1. paulg1979 macrumors member

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    Has anyone orderd one of these yet. I think its going to be one of my best upgrades yet. Not sure whether to click the buy button.

    Is there a chance Apple will drop the price or is that it?
     
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  4. cube macrumors G4

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    Now, why isn't a high end NVIDIA card offered? Just in case of PhysX.
     
  5. paulg1979 thread starter macrumors member

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    Around $400
     
  6. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

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    I hate Apple. :mad:
     
  7. elvisizer macrumors 6502

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    just wait until the apple branded ati cards hit the street. someone will rip the rom and post it to the internet allowing us to buy regular PC cards (with a large enough ROM chip on them) and then flash them with the OS X ROM. identical functionality to the apple card for about 1/3 the price.
     
  8. paulg1979 thread starter macrumors member

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    But will we be able to use the 24" LED?
     
  9. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    I've placed an order through my local reseller.
     
  10. paulg1979 thread starter macrumors member

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    Was it the same price as Apple?
     
  11. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    Yes, though I will be getting student discount. They don't have any of the cards (obviously), so I won't be paying until they arrive in stock. So £280 minus discount.
     
  12. paulg1979 thread starter macrumors member

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    I didn't know you got student discount unless it has an Apple logo
     
  13. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    i'm picking one of these up! since most importantly I'll still be able to use my 30" ACD (whew*) :p and get one of the LED displays as a second monitor.

    Glad Apple didn't forget about us 2008 Mac Pro owners.
     
  14. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030

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    WTF!?!?!??!!?!?!?!?!?

    You can buy a 4870, right now, TODAY, from Newegg.com for $179.00

    I can't BELIEVE they have the balls to charge MORE THAN DOUBLE for that card.

    I am completely disgusted with Apple today. Disgusted.
     
  15. XianPalin macrumors 6502

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    Well I don't think they'll be using that exact exchange, from what it looks like, it's a little lower than the current currency conversion. Still means $300s though.
     
  16. Chaos123x macrumors 68000

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    never been into Flashing cards before, BUT WE NEED TO DO THIS NOW!
     
  17. elvisizer macrumors 6502

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    if you buy that monitor, then you're beyond all help. Why anyone would buy such an expensive display with a single input is beyond me.

    But, to answer your question, no, you wouldn't be able to use that display since standard versions of the 4870 do not have a mini displayport port.
     
  18. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    The reseller I use will give student discount on everything they sell. 10% off non-Apple items.
     
  19. Ollie Cromwell macrumors member

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    07 Quad core Mac Pro compatible?

    I am assuming from what I can see that the 4870 is not compatible with my 2.66 Quad core?

    What is the best card currently available to me as an upgrade then?

    One of the fans on my x1900 card has failing bearings and makes a real racket. I think its a message telling me to upgrade.

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  20. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Get the 3870.
     
  21. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    The 4870 won't work as it is not EFI32 compatible. You're left with either the 3870 or the 8800GT upgrade kit.
     
  22. paulg1979 thread starter macrumors member

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    What monitor could I buy then? I really like the idea of a built in webcam as I skype a good few people.

    I've got a Dell at the moment which is this one http://www.google.com/products/cata...&ie=UTF-8&cid=15720893788189028081#ps-sellers

    and I really don't like it. Viewing pictures on it is horrible. Colours are wrong and never look sharp compared to my 24" iMac.
     
  23. grue macrumors 65816

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    Depends what you do with it. If you want something good for Motion, grab the 3870. If you want something that'll be a damned sight more useful when OpenCL goes live, get the 8800GT.
     
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