New MacPro 3GHz... But what Video card should I get??

Anto38x

macrumors regular
Original poster
Aug 19, 2006
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Cork, Ireland
Hi there.... I have decided to purchase the new MacPro 3GHz and I have other threads on here seeking advice about the accompanying Display and RAM. One other issue that I don't really have knowledge about is the video card. I curremtly have a PowerMac G5 2.0GHz Dual with the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Card with 128MB of DDR. I could be going for either the 23" or the 30" ACD. What card should I choose when I go to configure my new MacPro in the Apple Store. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

Here are the Apple Store Options:-
NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB (single-link DVI/dual-link DVI) [- Eur 360.00]
2 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB [- Eur 210.01]
3 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB [- Eur 60.00]
ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (2 x dual-link DVI)
4 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB [+ Eur 90.00]
NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB, Stereo 3D (2 x dual-link DVI) [+ Eur 1,320.00]

Yours sincerely,
Anthony
MacUser and MacAddict
 

xUKHCx

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Jan 15, 2006
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Anto38x said:
Hi there.... I have decided to purchase the new MacPro 3GHz and I have other threads on here seeking advice about the accompanying Display and RAM. One other issue that I don't really have knowledge about is the video card. I curremtly have a PowerMac G5 2.0GHz Dual with the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Card with 128MB of DDR. I could be going for either the 23" or the 30" ACD. What card should I choose when I go to configure my new MacPro in the Apple Store. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

Here are the Apple Store Options:-
NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB (single-link DVI/dual-link DVI) [- Eur 360.00]
2 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB [- Eur 210.01]
3 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB [- Eur 60.00]
ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (2 x dual-link DVI)
4 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB [+ Eur 90.00]
NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB, Stereo 3D (2 x dual-link DVI) [+ Eur 1,320.00]

Yours sincerely,
Anthony
MacUser and MacAddict
I personally think that the X1900 is the sweet spot with price/perfornamce. Unless you are doing seriously heavy lifting then it is not worth the extra pounds to step up to the 4500.
 

amin

macrumors 6502a
Aug 17, 2003
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Boston, MA
That's what I did. Buying on the edu site, the upgrade kit is $50 less, so after selling the 7300 GT for a few dollars, it won't cost all that much more.
 

quruli

macrumors regular
Aug 11, 2006
154
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Anto38x said:
Hi there.... I have decided to purchase the new MacPro 3GHz and I have other threads on here seeking advice about the accompanying Display and RAM. One other issue that I don't really have knowledge about is the video card. I curremtly have a PowerMac G5 2.0GHz Dual with the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Card with 128MB of DDR. I could be going for either the 23" or the 30" ACD. What card should I choose when I go to configure my new MacPro in the Apple Store. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

Here are the Apple Store Options:-
NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB (single-link DVI/dual-link DVI) [- Eur 360.00]
2 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB [- Eur 210.01]
3 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB [- Eur 60.00]
ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (2 x dual-link DVI)
4 x NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB [+ Eur 90.00]
NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB, Stereo 3D (2 x dual-link DVI) [+ Eur 1,320.00]

Yours sincerely,
Anthony
MacUser and MacAddict
It would be important to know what you are doing with this machine.