Is Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 for Mac the best graphics card available for MP5,1 ?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by bxs, May 20, 2014.

  1. bxs macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2007
    Is the Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 for Mac the best graphics card available for the MP5,1 ? This card was first introduced a little over a year ago and I wonder if a newer model has surfaced or will be soon or maybe another brand with improved performance over the 7950.

    I ask as I'm about to plonk down some brass for the 7950 in the immediate future. Thanks.... :)
  2. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Any of the new Radeon's work as well with the exception of the 290 (I believe). I know the 270's and 280's work.

    With that said, the 270's and 280's are really just tweaked/rebadged 7950's and 7970's.
  3. Asgorath macrumors 65816

    Mar 30, 2012
    GTX 680 Mac Edition is faster than the 7950, if you're looking for an official Mac card. If you don't need a boot screen, then you can get a GTX 780 Ti or TITAN Black.
  4. Draeconis macrumors 6502a

    May 6, 2008
    It really depends what you want to do with the card, work or play?

    Work, with OpenCL support? AMD.

    Play, with the addition of CUDA support, Nvidia.
  5. jimj740, May 20, 2014
    Last edited: May 20, 2014

    jimj740 macrumors regular


    Jul 25, 2013
    Pining for the company that once gave us Clarus
    There will be widely divergent views of what card is "best"... in large part because it depends on what it is to be used for, and what constraints, if any, the buyer has.

    Internal/stock power?

    Boot screens?

    Open CL performance important?

    CUDA capability important?

    All of these affect the answer...

    The 7950 is a good card. It does not support CUDA. It will outperform all the comparibly priced Nvidea cards in OpenCL.

    P.S. I've owned both the 7950 (overclocked and flashed) as well as the 680 (overclocked and flashed). I kept the 7950 because it was best for what I do. The 680 is a fine card too, and if I needed CUDA more than OpenCL I may have kept it instead...
  6. bxs thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2007

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