Nvidia 8800 for new macpros cheaper than apple?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by faumble, Jan 19, 2008.

  1. faumble macrumors regular

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    I saw the news about nvidia working on a 8800 for all macpros and I am about to buy one from apple for my new macpro (2008 model) but do you guys think the one nvidia releases in a few weeks will be cheaper than apples option?
     
  2. yeroen macrumors 6502a

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    No, it'll be more expensive than getting one BTO.
     
  3. faumble thread starter macrumors regular

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    No, I meant it compared to the $350 kit apple sells
     
  4. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    It will be sold through apple, so it will be the same..
     
  5. newtech macrumors 6502

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    nVidia OEM's GPU's to other vendors, they do not market cards at the retail level. So this work will either benefit Apple or some retail vendor, but is doubtful to make for a less expensive source for a MP compatible 8800GT.
     
  6. Firefly2002 macrumors 65816

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    Hm. But then wouldn't it later be possible to flash a PC 8800GT once Apple's 8800 ROM surfaces? Or is it larger than the PC ROM?
     
  7. timb macrumors regular

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    Odds are it'll be 64K; worse case (if it's 128K) we can just extract the EFI only portion.

    Read: Yes, we'll be able to flash a PC version once we get our hands on the ROM.
     
  8. noi375 macrumors member

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    Just keep in mind that from my understanding, the EFI for those that works in the older Mac Pro will be different than the EFI for the new Mac Pro, so unless nVidia provide both, you need to check to make sure the one you get will work on your Mac Pro.
     
  9. Kuraudo macrumors member

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    UDPATE: NviDia IS PROVIDING BOTH
    http://www.appleinsider.com/article...rce_8800_gt_upgrade_for_earlier_mac_pros.html
    Already posted! by Antzona

     
  10. Trekkie macrumors 6502a

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    I'd like the ATI 2900 update as an option as well.
     
  11. faumble thread starter macrumors regular

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  12. Trekkie macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, but, near as I can tell it costs $2700 or so and comes with a whole computer attached to it. can't find the upgrade option
     
  13. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    You mean the Radeon HD 3800 series, right? ;)
     
  14. mrcandy macrumors regular

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    Try here. For some strange reason Apple is putting all the graphics upgrades in the 'storage' section of the Apple store.
     
  15. Trekkie macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, that's a logical location.

    Thanks for that. Not a bad price either. Anyone know of a benchmark site on Mac OS X that shows how much improvement that card offers?

    Edit: Nevermind, found it here and the 1900 I have is faster still. Though would be a good upgrade for my brother.
     
  16. mrcandy macrumors regular

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    Beat me to it!

    I've got my 2008 MP enroute, ordered the 2600 because I didn't want to wait. I'll use it for a couple of months and see what happens with
    i) 9xxx series
    ii) flashing a PC 8800GT once the Apple ones are available for a ROM image
    iii) buy an Apple 8800GT once the delay gets down to 'in stock'
     
  17. macenforcer macrumors 65816

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    Funny how it says "Requires Mac Pro with PCI-Express 2.0"
     
  18. Roy macrumors 6502

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    I thought that to be strange also since I thought that PCI-Express 2.0 was only in the Mac Pro (early 2008) and not in the previous Mac Pros. But I don't have either Mac Pro, so I'm not sure. Apple does list the card as an upgrade kit for Mac Pro:

    "ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro"
     
  19. Blogger macrumors 6502

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    Yes, just Apple being sloppy. There have been numerous reports that it works just fine in older Mac Pros.
     
  20. ceres macrumors regular

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    MSI has just released info on new PC mainboards that will ship with EFI instead of BIOS. More mobo manufacturers will probably supply similiar solutions in the future which might lead to increased availibility of MP compatible 3rd party graphics solutions in the mid term.
     

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