NVIDIA GT 120 vs ATI 2600 XT

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by dnadrifter, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. dnadrifter macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2009
    Hi All,

    I am still trying to decide between a 2008 2.8 Octo and a 2009 2.66 quad and would like to know how much of a difference I would be likely to see with the new video GT 120 graphics card for photoshop, iMovie and eventually moving home videos to blu-ray disk vs the older 2600 XT.

    (I know virtually nothing about graphic cards) I am starting to lean towards the 2008 because the amount of RAM I can put in it now as well as having 8 cores for the eventual release of snow leopard, but I am wondering about the graphics card.

  2. zer0tails macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    get the 2008 and buy a Nvidia GT120 to replace the ATI if that's what you prefer. Since the GPU can be replaced so easily I don't you should base your decision on it. Ram would be a better factor, if you foresee needing as much as a 32GB or the option of it anyways, then get the 2008.

    The 2009 2.66 is supposedly fast as it is though from what i've seen in bench marks
  3. dnadrifter thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2009
    To be honest I don't know what I prefer as I don't know anything about graphic cards. If I am not going to see a real world difference in the apps I use, I would have no reason to upgrade the card.

    I am so on the fence about the two systems, that I am looking at smaller things that might tilt the balance.

    With the GT 120, it sounds if I could run a large monitor from the DVI port and then my smaller 1200x1600 lcd with the $30 adapter to the mini display port. Is this correct?...I called apple and it was hard to get a clear answer in that they just kept talking about their monitors.

    If I got the 2008, I would buy an additional 12 Gb of RAM to get to 14 and be done with it...likely would never go beyond that.

    If I got the 2009, I would put in 8 Gb of RAM now. Although I could put either 12 or 16 Gb in it in the future, even if the 4gb modules come down to the price the current 800 MHz modules are, I am not sure I would want to drop another $400 on RAM

    I am also considering how much more useful 8 physical cores will be once the new OS comes out.
  4. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    12 GB of fully buffered ECC RAM would light my wallet on fire, maybe more so then 12 GB of DDR3 4GB modules.

    EDIT - My bad. ECC FB-DIMMs only cost more when they're in 2 GB modules. 4GB modules, DDR3 takes the cake. *facedesk*
  5. netkas macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2007
    wouldnt dual dvi 2600xt be better then ?

    gt120 is in fact shrinked g84(8600gt)

    in 2007, when 8600gt and 2600xt was released, they was supposed to be competitors in 3d graphics.

    mac's 2600xt is downclocked a bit (800 -> 700 Mhz core)
  6. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

    Jun 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    i'm pretty sure the GT120 needs ddr3 ram to run (check the apple site)

    get an 8800GT or a 4870HD (or flash one if you're game)
  7. zer0tails macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2008
    Yes Apple states that the GT120 works with the 2009 mac pros. However, OWC has tested 2008 mac pros and so have some other owners http://blog.macsales.com/602-testing-those-new-graphics-cards
    and it works fine ;) no reason why it shouldn't

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