Mac Pro Graphic Card advice for a noob

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

  1. aygie macrumors regular

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    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

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    Doesn't the HD 2600 work with the 1st gen Mac Pro? You could even use that; barefeats.com 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

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

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

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

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    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

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    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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