Upgrade to the 5770/5870 from a GTX285?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by alphaod, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

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    I have the GTX 285; is the 5770 any better or is the real upgrade the 5870? I haven't been keeping up with GPU developments since I got a Mac Pro.

    I'm not going to upgrade for like 10% improvements. 50% more I'll go for it.

    I don't really use the GPU except for the gaming occasionally.
     
  2. kxfrog macrumors regular

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  3. xparaparafreakx macrumors 65816

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    That GTX 285 will be just fine. No need to spend more money then you have to.

    +1 for CUDA anyway.
     
  4. tanderson11 macrumors member

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    285 is better than the 5770, 5870 is a lot better than the 285.
     
  5. mattbatt macrumors member

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    and if you are a heavy CS5 user, you most definitely would NOT want to go with the ATI cards (Adobe uses CUDA).
     
  6. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    That's only partially correct.

    Technically, the only CS5 app that actually uses CUDA is Premiere (and support is limited a handful of NVIDIA cards, the GTX 285 being the cheapest CUDA card that's actually supported). The rest of the CS5 apps use OpenGL for GPU acceleration and therefore modern ATI cards work fine, as do NVIDIA cards.

    There are SOME plugins for After Effects that take advantage of CUDA.
     
  7. alphaod thread starter macrumors Core

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    Fair enough… looks like I'll wait for the next Nvidia update then.
     
  8. MythicFrost macrumors 68040

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    Based on those FPS, it's nearly close to double that of the GTX 285. 1920x1440 gets 40 FPS on Enthusiast (no AA) in Crysis Warhead, it should do well at 2560x1440 or 2560x1600!
     

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