Radeon HD 3870 as BTO for Mac Pro soon ?

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  1. jemo07 macrumors regular

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    Maybe this could be the fix for the 8800 debacle. :rolleyes:

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  2. pastrychef macrumors 601

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    That would be very cool. I just hope they manage to keep the fan noise down.
     
  3. macz1 macrumors 6502

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    Hm, that's what I have been waiting for. The 3870 has much lower power consumption when it idles than the 8800.
    I think it's very important to look at the 2D-power consumption of a GFX card because it has the biggest impact on the average power usage of your system. Unless you are constantly gaming, the max power draw doesn't play a huuge role.
     
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  5. pipomolo42 macrumors member

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    Well, first the difference is something like 5%

    Then, this is even only true in Windows, and it's the reverse in Mac OS X, due to poor NVidia drivers
     
  6. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    In games perhaps. Professional applications is an entirely different story though.

    It were supposed to have shipped as a BTO option when it were first announced

    [​IMG]
     
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    Maybe true. But.....

    crap > 7300
     
  8. SuperGrobi macrumors member

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    Humh, I think people are mixing up 3870 and 3870x2 !?

    Also this is only shown for the HD2600XT in Pro apps - there are no drivers for a 3870 or 3870x2 in Mac OS yet.
     
  9. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    Yes there is...
     
  10. trixter macrumors member

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    my X1900XT is faster than 8800GT in Pro Apps. Aperture, Motion, OSX

    in games of course 8800GT
     
  11. Og Oggilby macrumors regular

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    It would be nice if it was the X2 version and it worked on the 2007 Mac Pros. I don't know how much improvement the HD3870 is over the X1900XT, but I know the HD3870X2 would be a huge improvement - and it would generate some good upgrade karma.
     
  12. OZMP macrumors 6502

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    maybe this is apple's fix to the 8800 dramas considering that it shouldnt be too hard to addapt the 2600's EFI
     
  13. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    For most stuff except games, the 1900 XT is better than the 8800GT, its on barefeats.
     
  14. OZMP macrumors 6502

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    its not listed. end rumor until someone can provide evidence.
     
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    Hopefully a driver update for the 8800GT will resolve this issue.
     
  17. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Its not a driver issue, the card is just not as good for that kind of stuff.
     
  18. kgarner macrumors 68000

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    I'm no expert on this kind of stuff, but wouldn't a more tuned driver help bring the card up to par? If I remember right, the performance gap was not that dramatic and I believe even barefeats.com said an update to the drive may help.
     
  19. Tracer macrumors 6502

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    Seems pretty clear to me.

    Mac Pro for Gaming > 8800GT
    Mac Pro for Work > X1900XT/2600XT

    People were complaining up a storm before the new Mac Pro came out for a Mac Pro with the 8800GT.

    Now that it came out, all people do is complain.

    My guess is that the OS X drivers for the 8800GT are very unrefined, Nvidia doesn't really care to put the time and effort in for so few people. However, on Windows (which you should be running for gaming) they are very good.

    Tracer
     
  20. trixter macrumors member

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    aha, 30% of Vista Blue Screens came from Nvidia Driver :)
     
  21. brand macrumors 601

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    I bet that number is completely made up.
     
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