New 2.66 vs. 3.0 Mac Pro benchmarks

dmw007

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Cool link MovieCutter- I thought that there would be a larger difference between the 3GHz Mac Pro and the 2.66GHz Mac Pro when gaming. :) Seems to make sense just to stick with the stock Mac Pro and upgrade the graphics card if you plan on using your Mac Pro for gaming.
 

Danksi

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.. but it's something we 'all' assumed, since games are generally harder on gfx cards and that's the weakest part of the 'stock' Mac Pro?

Will be more interesting to see the results once they test the X1900XT

(" We fully expect the Radeon X1900 XT to give the Mac Pro the edge once it arrives in our lab")
 

dmw007

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stevo86 said:
good lord, the stock Mac Pro performed like a peice of garbage! seems i'll have to order myself up a X1900 pretty much right away! :eek:

Not so sure that I would call it's performance "garbage" with the stock video card, but I would agree that anyone looking to do any serious gaming should upgrade the Mac Pro to the Radeon X1900 XT. :)
 

macgeek2005

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I was surprised at the results of the stock Mac Pro. Pleasantly surprised. Quake 4 at high quality is not something easy to do, and it got well over 20 fps on that.

The X1900XT should kick the 7800GT in the ass.
 

Lollypop

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Im not really surprised by the results, games are GPU intense, not CPU... Also hate to say it, but I think serious games will rather have a dedicated game console... or a PC :eek: :eek: Still sad that the stock card isnt a decent card and that the only decent option costs a arm and a leg. :(
 

dmw007

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Lollypop said:
Still sad that the stock card isnt a decent card and that the only decent option costs a arm and a leg. :(

And that you have to wait for an eternity before it ships with the ATI Radeon X1900 XT.... :rolleyes:
 

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dmw007 said:
Cool link MovieCutter- I thought that there would be a larger difference between the 3GHz Mac Pro and the 2.66GHz Mac Pro when gaming. :) Seems to make sense just to stick with the stock Mac Pro and upgrade the graphics card if you plan on using your Mac Pro for gaming.
Is the small difference maybe because the graphics card is holding both of them back a great deal. Maybe we will see a greater difference between the 2.66 and the 3.0 when they run with the X1900XT.
 

dmw007

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Glassbathroom said:
Is the small difference maybe because the graphics card is holding both of them back a great deal. Maybe we will see a greater difference between the 2.66 and the 3.0 when they run with the X1900XT.

Possibly, the results could have been skewed due to the game being gpu bound. :)
 

aiongiant

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just got my MacPro 3ghz

benchmarked it with Handbrake..converting an episode of the Office DVD to Quicktime H264
G5 2ghz = 10fps
Mac Pro 3Ghz = 50fps!! :eek:

so sweet!
 

Zwhaler

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Geez the 7800 is 3 times faster than the 7300 in some of those games! Definately going to upgrade! :eek:
 

Mav451

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dmw007 said:
Cool link MovieCutter- I thought that there would be a larger difference between the 3GHz Mac Pro and the 2.66GHz Mac Pro when gaming. :) Seems to make sense just to stick with the stock Mac Pro and upgrade the graphics card if you plan on using your Mac Pro for gaming.
Zwhaler said:
Geez the 7800 is 3 times faster than the 7300 in some of those games! Definately going to upgrade! :eek:
This is what we call "GPU-limited" in the gaming world. High-resolution + a high-end, GPU-demanding game. I doubt you'll see a difference between the 3Ghz and 2.66Ghz until you get to SLI or Crossfire setups...

Oh wait, Macs have neither...yet?! :confused:
 

MovieCutter

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Understandable. So are we saying that with a card like the x1900/1950, it will allow more headroom for the 3.0Ghz Xeon to pull further ahead of the 2.66? Or are the two processors hitting the ceiling and the only thing that will increase performance from here on in is the GPU?