Video card Upgrade Please Help? Gtx 760 or Radeon 7950?

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  1. malibtekin macrumors newbie

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    Hello, I currently use my computer video card you want to get.
    I think ''Msi / Asus Gtx 760'' and'' Sapphire Radeon 7950 . Which one should i get? Which is healthier work?

    My system is 10.9.1. Please help

    My video card is Gt 120


    Mac Pro 4.1 Early 2009
    8 Core 2.26 Ghz Nehalem
    8 Gb 1066 Mhz
    120 Gb SSD
     
  2. RoastingPig macrumors 68000

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    what do you use your mac pro for? if its for just for running displays go for the cheaper 760.
     
  3. malibtekin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Same price in Turkey. I use Fcpx, Motion, Photoshop etc.. Sometimes I use for games. which is important for me to be causing problems, easy installation and software support...You can suggest in another card.
     
  4. Robert Davies macrumors 6502

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    From a few private discussion with members on here, comparing performances of NVidia to AMD cards, Apple pro apps, like FCP X and Motion appear to be better optimised towards AMD cards.
     
  5. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    7950 is faster in all mentioned software, in games as well.
     
  6. malibtekin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks :) I think Pc versin Radeon HD 7950. Does it trouble me in the mac pro?
     
  7. Robert Davies macrumors 6502

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    There is currently a bug in 10.9.2, and possibly earlier, which causes a crash -> reboot loop if you use the mini display ports as discussed here:

    http://forum.netkas.org/index.php/topic,8395.0.html
     
  8. jjjoseph macrumors 6502

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    The 7950 is a great card, and OpenCL has lots of potential, but CUDA if you use it, (Blackmagic Resolve and Adobe Apps, After Effects and Premiere), is better utilized and supported. Though Blackmagic has amazing OpenCL drivers, their are some features that only CUDA supports.

    I have used all options both professionally (AMD/OpenCL and NVIDIA/CUDA) as a Professional Editor, Digital Compositor and Colorist and as well for playing games/entertainment. For me, the drivers from NVIDIA make it a way better solution in all respects.

    I would much rather use Premiere over Final Cut Pro X, and Motion can't do anything After Effects can do, but if you are sticking with Apples Very limited pieces of software that take OpenCL to its limits, the 7950 is a great option.

    But most importantly, Without Proper Drivers the 7950 is very underutilized and can't reach its potential in OS X. I am actually hoping that someday OpenCL will destroy CUDA like it could, but right now CUDA is still ahead for the Applications I use.

    NVIDIA is a very solid solution for the all around Apple OS X experience.
     
  9. malibtekin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you so much to everyone, but my mind was very confused. :confused:
     
  10. DustinB85 macrumors newbie

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    I actually just made a similar discussion for my 2009 4.1. I had been using a GTX 670FTW card for the past year but Adobe Ppro/AE CC hated it. Even with the hack to allow the Mercury Playback Engine to be used via Cuda or OpenCL is still much slower that it was in previous releases of Adobe (CS5 and CS6). The latest FCPX 10.1 even seemed to render and export slower than prior releases. After looking at all the supported cards/recommended cards from both Apple and Adobe I narrowed it down to the GTX 680 or Radeon 7950. I do run windows via Bootcamp so that played a very small factor since I rarely jump over to that OS.

    Like jjjoseph said, NVIDIA/CUDA has always been best for Adobe Products thus far, that is why it was a tough choice for me to make. But after everything I read and results that I saw, the Sapphire Radeon 7950 seemed to be the clear winner for me personally in the end. I based it off of where I see things now, and where they plan to "somewhat" go. I know that is impossible thing to fully determinate but I do believe both Apple and Adobe will be expanding the full potential of OpenCL more over time than CUDA. Plus I wanted a card flashed for Mac OSX and wanted to play just as nice with FCPX as it does Ppro. If I was strictly looking at Adobe CC apps, I think I would have gone with the GTX 680.

    I just put the the Sapphire Radeon 7950 in this week, and have not had a chance to work on it yet. I am still planning to leave my GT120 since I run more monitors than the 7950 wants to support. Plus I have the PCI slot open so I figured why not have it in there. I would actually like to upgrade that slot to the best card I can that doesn't require more power than the PCI slot puts out (75watts I think?) since the 7950 is already hogging up the two 6 pins.

    I can run a benchmark test if anyone would like? I am just not sure which test is the best to determine the GPU results. I have always used Greekbench 2/3 but that seems to only care about the CPU. My scores are the same even after upgrading from 6GB of ram to 32, booting off an SSD in a PCIe slot and adding two different GPUs combos than were both a major step up from the stock GT120.
     
  11. RCZ macrumors newbie

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    just purchased the 7950, but not quite sure about it... the screen seems to freeze now and then.. (hickups) and things are not so smooth (scrolling etc) than experienced with the existing 120GT I got initially..

    this all in the bootcamp Windows, as the card refuses to drive my two 21:9 LG displays in the 2560x1080 resolutions within Mac OSX..

    so.. for me back to the 120GT which does it all for me.. (despite the age)
     
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  13. malibtekin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Very thanks :) I trust you and I'm getting 7950.
     
  14. malibtekin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I bought 7950, but i didn't install :confused: Help me please :(
     
  15. waimtrp macrumors member

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    yeah, my flashed 7950 working nice with my 4,1 & 10.9.3 in every way :p
     
  16. malibtekin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How to make flashed 7950?
     
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