Upgrading from 7300 GT - advice please!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by xandermitch, Mar 20, 2009.

  1. xandermitch macrumors newbie

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    My wife's early mac pro 2.66 GHz has the GeForce 7300 GT graphic card running a 30" ACD. She's looking at adding a second 30" ACD (we already own the screen but are selling the older G5 that is currently attached).

    Anyway, I don't know much about graphic cards but I have found that the 7300 can't run a second 30" ACD. Does anyone know if I'm better to add a second 7300 GT card for the second screen or replace the current card with a more powerful alternative that can run both 30" screens.

    Usage: She's a heavy photoshop user, also InDesign & looking to use Aperture more, particularly across both screens. She doesn't use 3D software or games.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Xander.

    Model Name: Mac Pro
    Model Identifier: MacPro1,1
    Processor Name: Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 2
    Total Number Of Cores: 4
    L2 Cache (per processor): 4 MB
    Memory: 5 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.33 GHz
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Yes, it can.

    Edit: WHOA, it's been forever. No, it can't... :eek:

    Get the 2006-model 8800 GT to run two of them.
     
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    Here is an article I found on 32 ways to speed up Aperture. Aperture is GPU intensive and can get speed boosts from a fast GPU. Photoshop CS4 also can take advantage of the GPU for big performance boosts on some tasks.

    So if you want the best performance I would definitely consider a more powerful GPU over 2 very low powered ones. The ATI Radeon 4870 is definitely king but the ATI Radeon 3870 or nVidia GeForce 8800GT will all out perform two 7300GT's.

    Edit: If you are really brazen your can try flashing a PC 4870 with a Mac ROM. It is cheaper than the Mac 3870 or half the price the the Mac 4870.
     
  4. xandermitch thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just wanted to say a big thank you for the advice. It's generous of you both to take the time to respond. I hope I can help some other people on the board at some stage and "pay it forward".

    I'll look into gettting one of the above mentioned graphics cards.
     
  5. grue macrumors 65816

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    8800GT actually beats all comers with the latest drivers. Read up on barefeats.
     

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