Upgrade my 8800GT to the 285 GTX or wait for a new graphics card?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by meemorize, Sep 5, 2009.

  1. meemorize macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I have a Mac Pro (2008) octo 2,8Ghz with 16GB ram, and the 8800GT in it.
    I have just started upgrading a few things, namely the boot drive to be a 128GB Crucial SSD to become my boot drive when upgrading to Snow Leopard.

    I was thinking of upgrading my graphics card as well, currently: 8800GT, the only conceivable upgrade currently is the 285 GTX however looking around the market it seems most 'windows' based 285GTX now have 2GB almost standard at the same or lower price than the 1GB mac card.

    The graphics card would be mostly for some windows bootcamp gaming.

    I know there will be a premium involved in buying a mac specific version since the market is much smaller but I was hoping that I could get some opinions from you guys whether the upgrade is well timed or if there could be a new graphics card just around the corner (3-6months)?

    Thanks for reading.
    M.
     
  2. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Well.....there is the upcoming Radeon 5000 series. Supposedly launching this month some time. Whether or not a Mac-capable 5870 makes an appearance, and when, is anybody's guess.
     
  3. meemorize thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nice!
    Thanks for the heads up. Let's hope one of the 5...X2 makes it as a mac version.

    Even though these are not confirmed to be mac compatible I think a major addition such as these might be worth waiting out just a little bit ;)

    Thanks again.
     

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