Mac Pro 1st Generation Graphics Cards

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by htdefiant, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. htdefiant macrumors member

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    So, its now the 3870 vs. the 8800. As someone who plays games on the Windows and uses iLife '08 on the Mac side (not many games though), which card is looking better?
     
  2. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    For your needs it sounds like the 8800 GT will be better, especially for games under Windows. (unless you want to spend around $450 and get two 3870s for Crossfire under Windows)
     
  3. OMFG HAXX! macrumors member

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    The 8800GT will be significantly better under windows than the 3870, unless, as Mackilroy said, you are willing to go Crossfire'd 3870's.
     
  4. kabunaru Guest

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    Get 2 3870s and CrossFire them in Windows when playing games. Overall, the 3870 is better for OS X than 8800 GT except for games but it's not far behind.
     
  5. Elven macrumors 6502a

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    I am looking at the MacPro in the AppleUK shopping area and I do not see a 3870 option :confused:
     
  6. slughead macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, it's only $440!

    wait...

    Also, I don't think crossfire works in OS X... may be okay for this guy--who only games in windows--but may not be good if he ever gets a mac game.
     
  7. htdefiant thread starter macrumors member

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    Can you expand on this crossfire option? I would get two 3870s and do what exactly with them? And how much does this cost?
    Sorry for the dumb questions :p
     
  8. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    Crossfire is ATI's answer to SLI, which is Nvidia's method of slapping two separate GPUs together to get (theoretically) twice as much speed. In reality, that doesn't happen, though you do see an improvement.

    So: what you do is you'd buy two cards, connect them with the Crossfire cable, and it would cost around $440 USD.
     
  9. hms84 macrumors regular

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    THE MONEY IS OK, for the long RUN (You don't have to buy BOTH of the cards together)
    As long as I'm having the option for Crossfire or SLI, It'll be OK (^_^)
    I have the same problem I don't know what to buy....

    I want to have the option of doing SLI or Crossfire, these are MY THOUGHTS

    BOTH cards are almost the same ... Max. 10-15 frames different in high res. gaming

    BOTH of them are great when you use SLI or Crossfire (I didn't see any Benchmarks)


    FIRST... 8800GT
    Support SLI on early version of Mac Pro??? YES or NO? (Win only)
    I don't know, DID any one tried it?
    PLZ post your results and some photos.

    SECOND... ATI 3870
    Support Crossfire on early version of Mac Pro??? BIG YES
    According to there site, and the fact the you'll have the Crossfire adapter included with the card (Win only).

    For the future of gaming on my Mac Pro, I'm definitely getting ATI 3870.

    BUT if 8800Gt supports SLI on 1st gen Mac Pro , I'll kiss ATI good buy.
     
  10. kabunaru Guest

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    I don't think SLI works on the Mac Pro right now, if ever. 2 HD 3870s CrossFired are still king when it comes to Mac cards and gaming in Windows on the Mac Pro.
    And another question, is 2 8800GT SLIed that much better than 2 HD 3870 CrossFired?
     
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  12. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    Given that one 8800 GT is superior to one 3870, you can be certain two in SLI will scale higher than two 3870s in Crossfire. However, the Mac Pro does not support SLI, so if you want to go with multi-GPUs you're only option is Crossfire.
     
  13. slughead macrumors 68040

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    SLI does work on the mac pro in Windows. I read it in 2006.

    I don't know if it works in the "mac" version of the 8800, though.
     
  14. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    I've heard it worked with the 7300 GT, but no dice with the 8800 GT. *shrugs*
     
  15. htdefiant thread starter macrumors member

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    Do you all think the SLI has a potential of coming for 1st Generation Mac Pros? It would seem that the Crossfire is a pretty good option. $440 is not terrible, but I'd bet that price will decrease a bit in the next year or so. Thoughts?
    Thanks for the help guys.
     
  16. kabunaru Guest

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    I personally don't think SLI is coming to the Mac Pro right now. CrossFire is the way to go if you are going this route. :)
     
  17. barefeats macrumors 65816

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    The only iLife app that would benefit from a better graphics card is iMovie (rendering effects and thumbnails).

    As for games, the GeForce 8800 GT runs Windows (and Mac) games faster in most cases:
    http://www.barefeats.com/harper17.html
    and
    http://www.barefeats.com/harper18.html

    But then again, two Radeon 3870s will run in Crossfire mode under Windows while SLI is not supported for two GeForce 8800s.
     
  18. OMFG HAXX! macrumors member

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    SLI'd 7300GT's? Are you serious? I do not think that this is possible.
     
  19. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    The Mac / PC version is too new. I phoned quite a few companies on Friday and all said the same thing "Sorry no stock as yet, try again in a few weeks" .. :(

    Like you I will change to the new HD 3870 when they are available.
     
  20. barefeats macrumors 65816

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    "End of June" is when it starts shipping to distributors so my guess is early July for resellers. Apple could choose to sell the kit on the Apple online Store or even as a CTO option -- but that's still being negotiated, I am told.
     
  21. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Really looking forward to getting one for my 2.66 Mhz Mac Pro .. :)
     
  22. Umbongo macrumors 601

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    There are software hacks to get 7 series cards working in SLI without the Nvidia SLI hardware chips, and a few people have claimed to have done it on Mac Pros under windows. Though I've never seen any photos of hardware or screenshots of software. 8 series cards can't be done.
     
  23. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    :eek: How in the world did your Mac Pro come as a 2.66 MHz machine!

    (kidding, I know you mistyped)

    If I hadn't already bought an 8800 GT, which suits my purposes more than well enough, I might've gotten the 3870 instead. But I'm good. :)
     
  24. htdefiant thread starter macrumors member

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    So the 3870 will come out in late June - can you please explain to me how I go about installing two of them and then crossfiring them? Sorry, I have no experience whatsoever with graphics cards :confused:
     

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