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ltldrummerboy

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My fantasy Mac just got a pretty sweet upgrade.

The lack of miniDisplayPort (or however it's written) isn't really a very big deal. The people who will be using this card are people who will be running two 30" ADCs.
 

10THzMac

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Dec 17, 2007
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Anybody got one up and running? How many 6/8 pin Power connectors does it need? Wants 10.5.7 according to NVIDIA web site.

A lot of money for a 192 core box with 1.5G. Palit do a 2Gig 285 for a lot less. Anybody understand the pricing?

So how about a ROM dump.....
 

cmaier

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Yet another high-end video card that's incompatible with the 1,1 and 2,1 Mac Pros.
If it makes you feel any better, I've experienced the same thing in the PC world. Once the motherboard mfg stops rolling out firmware updates, often times you're left on the side of the graphics road.
 

-SD-

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Mar 23, 2009
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Hurrah! Finally a professional GPU for the Pro.

Hopefully ATI will decide to release something like the FirePro 3D V8700 as competition. More GPU options is always a good thing.

:apple:
 

TheStrudel

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I have to wonder, given that I know the last quadro was a bit...underwhelming, as to whether or not (extra VRAM and 3D-glasses aside) anything about this card will make it more powerful in such a way that OS X can use it. Of course, all bets are off when it comes to Snow Leopard, but in the here and now, is it likely to really crank things up in apps like FCS, Maya, etc.? Or is a lot of that dependent on VRAM, etc.?
 

Bokes

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Mar 4, 2008
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will this speed up real time performance and effect renders?
And will it work in the 2008 Mac pro?
 

Umbongo

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I have to wonder, given that I know the last quadro was a bit...underwhelming, as to whether or not (extra VRAM and 3D-glasses aside) anything about this card will make it more powerful in such a way that OS X can use it. Of course, all bets are off when it comes to Snow Leopard, but in the here and now, is it likely to really crank things up in apps like FCS, Maya, etc.? Or is a lot of that dependent on VRAM, etc.?
Depends on how much effort Nvidia have put in. If Nvidia have developed the drivers and not Apple maybe they have made them more optimised. The VRAM may also help some people I guess.

will this speed up real time performance and effect renders?
And will it work in the 2008 Mac pro?
Will have to wait for benchmarks and yes it says it works in a 2008 Mac Pro. Typically these cards just offer better viewport performance with complex 3D models for CAD and DCC.

This may also lead to GTX 260s working with the Mac Pro (same chip).
 

grue

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well, it's clear at this point that I need to sell my 8x3.0 EFI32 machine and buy an EFI64-based machine. Otherwise I have several more years of being ignored by manufacturers ahead of me… sigh…
 

cmaier

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well, it's clear at this point that I need to sell my 8x3.0 EFI32 machine and buy an EFI64-based machine. Otherwise I have several more years of being ignored by manufacturers ahead of me… sigh…
Unfortunate price of progress.
 

grue

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Unfortunate price of progress.
Cost of laziness is more like it.

But whatever. I'm actually far more likely to just continue swapping video cards when I go between MacOS and Windows. I don't need a good video card for Final Cut Pro, and gaming under the MacOS is an unfunny joke. I'd just like even generic Windows GPU support under MacOS… I don't need quartz extreme or any of that other fluffy crap… I just don't like having to physically swap my video cable every time I reboot :D