Radeon HD4870 shipping?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MyRumors, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. MyRumors macrumors member

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    Hi,

    i ordered an 4870 card for my mac pro about the time it got out, march 3rd.
    Shipping date was set to april 21st. on that date it jumped to may 19th.
    anyone got their cards, or got an earlier shipping date?
    i live in norway btw. maybe that has something to do with it.
     
  2. aibo macrumors 6502

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    I ordered mine on March 4th and was given an April 22 ship date. As of today it's still saying April 22, but still "not yet shipped". Well, I guess the day isn't over so there's still a chance. But I have a feeling it won't actually ship until 10.5.7 is released.
     
  3. pprior macrumors 65816

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    Checked my order status last night - it said due to ship 4/28.

    FWIW. It's really freaking annoying these things are not shipped - apple just needs to update a simple DRIVER.
     
  4. aibo macrumors 6502

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    just got this e-mail:
     
  5. Chunk72 macrumors member

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    Just got my delay notification today.

    Ships by May 14th with delivery by May 18th.

    Sucks. :(
     
  6. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    They likely didn't receive them when expected from the OEM/ODM vendor(s). :eek: :rolleyes:

    There's more than just drivers as well. EFI firmware has to be developed. As the architecture of the GPU isn't identical to the 3870, it's at least close to beginning from scratch. Once completed (initial revision, but perhaps not what will ship), then drivers can be tested, problems diagnosed,... (perhaps some back-and-forth between drivers/firmware) in order to get it operational enough to ship (not necessarily perfect). It takes time. ;) :p
     
  7. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    Maybe they found out what specifically was wrong in the MiniDisplayPort interface, and are finally fixing it :D
     
  8. DualShock macrumors 6502

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    In other words, they're replacing it with a DVI port. :D
     
  9. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Perhaps, but I wouldn't bet on it. ;) They'll attempt any fix (drivers) afterwards. Simply put, Apple wants to ship them so they can get paid. :D
    It would be nice, but it's not going to happen. It's a custom card for Apple, and the Mini DisplayPort is part of the specifications.

    If ATI was developing this independently of Apple, it would be another story. :D
     
  10. OddThomas macrumors regular

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    Apple site now says the 4870 ships in 7-10 days.

    Have any of your orders been updated today to a sooner ship/delivery date?
     
  11. dvince2 macrumors 6502

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    I ordered mine on the 6th and got it on the 14th (keep in mind here in Canada, both the 10th and the 12th were holidays), so I got mine in 6 business days.
     
  12. OddThomas macrumors regular

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    So, is it wonderful? everything moves ubber fast now.. can you see the future? seems like are reports are positive, is quiet and fast.
     
  13. pprior macrumors 65816

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    I call BS unless I see a picture. I ordered mine WAY before that, an nobody else has reported getting one yet.
     
  14. iHateMacs macrumors 6502a

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    Is this the same 4870 they are shipping with the Mac Pro 09? They don't seem to have any trouble supplying those.

    I am confused.
     
  15. aibo macrumors 6502

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    It's not a supply issue. Apple's waiting on the 10.5.7 update which includes the 4870 driver. The Mac Pro 09 comes with the driver installed.
     
  16. MacVidCards Suspended

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    I seem to recall that ATI was based in Canada...makes sense they would ship from there first.
     
  17. iHateMacs macrumors 6502a

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    Does it? Where is that then? I got my MP09 on Friday and the first thing I did was partition my boot drive and reinstall the OS (omitting all the cr@p) from the included 10.5.6 DVD. Is that DVD a special one? My 4870 seems to be fully working.
     
  18. aibo macrumors 6502

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    The 10.5.6 shipping with the 09 Mac Pro comes with the driver. For the rest of us we have to wait for 10.5.7 or download it...a nehalem mac pro owner posted it in one of the 4870 threads a while back.
     
  19. Kurfer macrumors regular

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    This card has been out for almost a year now and we still have delays from Apple releasing it.

    Are these high end machines or what? There is no excuse for this crap.
     
  20. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    Uhm yeah but they are a fabless semiconductor. Their chips are processed at TSMC which is located in Taiwan.
     
  21. Topper macrumors 65816

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    [​IMG]

    And it doesn't even rank in the top ten of the most powerful consumer video cards.
     
  22. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    So vote with your wallet.
     
  23. turtlebud macrumors 6502a

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    it's coming....

    seems like the ship time is down from 4-5 weeks to 7-10 days! 10.5.7 release is probably imminent and 4870's should be following shortly.
     

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  24. OddThomas macrumors regular

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    just ordered the 4870.

    Hopefully will get 10.5.7 before this arrives (i assume i will). According to Barefeats the MiniPort does not work with the 10.5.6 and 2008 MPs (if i am remembering his comments correctly) So, I assume this will work in 10.5.7. Either way will get a DVI splitter and hang it off the DVI port for may 2 monitors.

    ATI RADEON HD 4870 512MB-ZML MB999ZM/A $349.00 1 $349.00
    Ships: 7- 10 business days
    Delivers: May 7 - May 14
     
  25. aibo macrumors 6502

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    The wait time went to 7-10 days right after the original April 22 date passed. I think they're narrowing it now that the 10.5.7 release is in sight. :)
     

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