Most stable graphics update for 285?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by juliancs, Oct 14, 2011.

  1. juliancs macrumors 6502

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    I'm reading around here and don't mind learning how to flash/solder a few things, but am wondering what the best (gaming) upgrade would be for me, running a 285 at the moment. Stable as in stability in steam/games - boot screen not necessary, but would be nice...
     
  2. Cindori macrumors 68040

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  3. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    Considering the price of a 5870 there isn't much justifying upgrading from a GTX285.

    Benchmarks on mac:
    http://www.barefeats.com/wst10g6.html

    The 5870 is indeed faster, but is it worth spending money to get a 25-30% upgrade?
     
  4. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    I guess PC 6870 + overclocking it to perform on par to 5870 is the reasonable option.

    or wait for full 6950 support.
     
  5. juliancs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Any idea how far away/close that is?
     
  6. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    for certain: when apple releases new mac pro, prob Q1 2011 now that SB xeons are delayed

    perhaps: drivers are released earlier in developer preview of 10.7.3
     
  7. goMac macrumors 603

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    Beat me to it. :p
     
  8. juliancs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cheers
     
  9. derbothaus macrumors 601

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    There is a larger disparity on Windows and DX10 between a GTX285 and a Radeon 5870. DX9 they are pretty close, GTX285 can't do DX11 as the 5870 can. These may be concerns if Win gaming.
    OP:
    If you are gaming in OS X don't bother with the upgrade unless you are getting a bigger screen or something. Wait for the next GPU upgrade refreshes.
     

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