Reflashed 4890 vs Apple 5770 vs EVGA GTX 285

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  1. grue, Nov 17, 2010
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    grue macrumors 65816

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    My previous 4890 just blew up and needs to be replaced, so now I'm trying to figure which way to go. If my understanding is correct, the 4890 is probably a little quicker than the 5770, but the 5770 has DirectX11. The GTX would be the fastest of the three, but would also cost me the most.


    Soooooo, any thoughts?

    EDIT: Dur, should have mentioned needs. Priority 1 is working in Final Cut, Color and Motion… After Effects to an extent, but that's more long-term as the company is paying for me to go get trained on it, but not for a while. Priority 2 is gaming. Don't care about heat or noise.
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    What do you do first of all. That will determine what needs you have and what card will satisfied said needs.
     
  3. grue thread starter macrumors 65816

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    derp, beat me to it. Updated first post.
     
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    Well you get CUDA with a GTX 285 and you get far better performance. However, you get old architecture and don't get DVX11, if that matters

    However, Final Cut is much more CPU dependent when it comes time to encode. I would see GPU for AutoCAD, MATLAB, or some 3D modeling work needing power. But movies don't need an über strong GPU.
     
  5. grue thread starter macrumors 65816

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    lame lame lame. The GTX I was looking at is no longer available, so back to another 4890 (previous one blew up) or a 5770 :(
     
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    Get a 5770 if DX11 matters to you, otherwise get the 4890.
     
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    This is not a genuine one, and may not be as cheap as the one you were looking at (when you take into account the postage) but it's still available

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/New-MAC-PRO-Nvidia-GTX-285-1GB-PCI-E-Video-Card-GTX285-/120647735704?pt=AU_Computers_Apple_Desktops&hash=item1c172a5998#ht_1285wt_922

    But the 4890 might be a better fit for what you are after. Having said that the biggest benefit with the gtx is that you know it will work with all the updates
     
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    Apple seems to forget that the 5770 is a low-end gaming card. I used to have one in my "old" gaming rig, and to be honest I don't see why DirectX 11 is touted as a major feature of the card...you'll see about 10 frames per second at medium settings (or at least I did in the Unigine Heaven 2.0 benchmark). Basically a slideshow :D

    Anyways I hate to get into the ridiculous ATI vs. NVIDIA fanboy runaround, but having owned multiple cards from both vendors I've come to prefer NVIDIA...they seem to have better drivers, CUDA and Linux support as well. ATI's current gen cards have sexy specs, but the drivers are terrible.

    What would really be great is if this came to OS X. :D
     
  9. toxic macrumors 68000

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    the 5770 is almost as fast as the 4870, which wasn't low end...

    for some things, yeah, I don't think ATI has ever caught up to nVidia, but I don't think this applies to gaming.

    that's a workstation card. it will suck for gaming.
     
  10. robotrootbeer macrumors member

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    I've got a gtx 285 /w box for sale if you're interested.
    PM me!

    It's got warranty through evga until 2/12 and I can provide receipts and everything!
     
  11. grue thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Forum says you've got PMs disabled, but are you willing to ship to australia? How much are you asking?
     

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