Should i change my order (mac pro)?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by crazycat, Aug 9, 2006.

  1. crazycat macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2005
    I placed an order with apple for a Mac Pro with ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512MB (2 x dual-link DVI) and i am thinking i should have gotten the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB, Stereo 3D (2 x dual-link DVI) insted. I can see its better for gaming.


  2. iZac macrumors 68000


    Apr 28, 2003
    Id stick with the one you have, thats a hell of a lot of money for 12 more fps in quake 4 that you're very unlikely to notice anyway!
  3. topgunn macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2004
    Personally, I think its silly to even consider going with the Quadro FX for gaming when you look at the dollars involved. Another thing to consider is what games you are talking about. The Quake engine is optimized for nVidia GPU's while the Havok engine (think Half-Life 2) runs better on ATI GPU's. Check out the benchmarks for the games that you intend to play most often before deciding what graphics card is right for you.
  4. kevin.rivers macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2005
    Quadros are not gaming cards. They are intended for real time rendering. I understand that it is faster in the games, however paying $1300 for something that is intended for uses you don't have is not a smart thing to do.
  5. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    Look at the cost to performance ratio. The X1900 is a $350 add on for about 2.5x the performance. The Quadro is a $1650 add on for about the same performance. Frankly, that's the most idiotic way to spend $1350 in my opinion. Buy some RAM with that money. If you're putting that much money into a gaming machine...that's pretty ridiculous. Buy 3 XBox 360's or something...damn.
  6. ®îçhå®? macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2006
    Stick with the ATI. It is cheaper and you can buy loads more games with that $1350
  7. viperguy macrumors 6502


    Nov 3, 2005
    Stick with ATI... you won't even notice the diff and will save a LOT of cash that will let you buy numerous games for your fun
    Enjoy :)

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