New graphics card. ATI or Evga?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by afterworks, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. afterworks macrumors member

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    H guys.

    First post on these boards, so hello!

    I have:

    Model Name: Mac Pro
    Model Identifier: MacPro3,1
    Processor Name: Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 1
    Total Number Of Cores: 4
    L2 Cache: 12 MB
    Memory: 6 GB

    I want to upgrade the graphics card. This year has some tasty games coming...Deus Ex, Crysis 2 etc etc.

    The ATI 2600 is getting on a bit now. I've seen the Evga 285 and then there's the ATi 5870.

    I'm so out of touch with whats good and whats not since Ive been on macs for the past 5 years or so.

    So which is the best one to get, purely for gaming in bootcamp and through steam.

    Am happy to spend around £300 to keep my gaming activities viable for the next few years!

    Cheers

    Ben
     
  2. initialsBB macrumors 6502a

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    The 285 is not so fresh anymore and only slightly better than the 5770. The 5870 will be your best option...

    Deus Ex, hope it's going to be as good as I want it to be :)
     
  3. afterworks thread starter macrumors member

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  4. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

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    Unless you want to flash that XFX card, you'll need to go with Apple's offering.
     
  5. afterworks thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok well it's been a long time since I did any tinkering with parts like that!
     
  6. goMac macrumors 603

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    The EVGA 285 is no longer sold, and I think support on it is wanning. Avoid and go with the current ATI offerings.

    (I've actually switched from NVidia to ATI as a result, no more CUDA, but at least ATI seems to actually care about the Mac. How many consumer NVidia cards are shipping right now for the Mac? A big 0.)
     

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