Mac Pro Graphic Card advice for a noob

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by aygie, Apr 17, 2008.

  1. aygie macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2007
    Hi guys

    Im a complete noob when it comes to cards so all help welcome. :)

    I've got a first gen Mac Pro with a NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT card.

    My question is the new Nvidia 8800GT or the ATI x1900. I'm gonna be using it for FCP/Motion etc and have heard the ATI is much better for this but have also heard that there are big problems with overheating and such.

    Any advice?

    Also! I want to get an eSata card to hook up my hard drive, any ideas?

    Thanks :)
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Doesn't the HD 2600 work with the 1st gen Mac Pro? You could even use that; shows that it gets higher pro app scores than the 8800, and that way you wouldn't spend $400 on a four year old card.
  3. aygie thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2007
    I think it does, is the 8800 four years old?!?!!

    So you think the HD 2600 over the XT?
  4. cherry su macrumors 65816

    cherry su

    Feb 28, 2008
    The 1900XT is 4 years old. It likes to overheat and self-destruct too.
  5. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    Early ones were a nightmare, both of ours failed. The replacements/newer cards are made by someone else and, touch wood, have been perfect.
  6. aygie thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2007
    Hmmm still confused :confused::D

    Ok so its between the GT and the HD 2600. And the HD2600 is better for FCP etc. And is cheaper. Good choice?

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