Video Pros: What video card(s) do you use?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by slabbius, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. slabbius macrumors member

    Aug 7, 2006
    Just curious, as I recently got my Mac Pro, but I only have the 7300 right now and will upgrade soon, but I just want to get a rough feel for what you all are using or what you recommend.
  2. AppliedVisual macrumors 6502a

    Sep 28, 2006
    Well, the graphics offerings for the Mac Pro are currently pathetic. They outright suck. If you can live with the 7300 for a bit, then do until Apple releases some better options. If you need to upgrade soon, then go with the X1900XT, it's the most reasonable choice as it has 2 * dual-link DVI ports and has decent overall performance. I'm not sure why Apple doesn't offer any nVidia options like the 7800GT/GTX or the 7900 series. The FX4500 is great if you have specific needs for it's couple niche functions, but they're asking way to much for it. The upgrade price for the FX4500 when customizing a Mac Pro is about $300 more expensive than that card is in a retail package in PC land these days.

    FWIW, we do lots of 3D design/animation work here and video editing (all HD). Oh and I like to play an occasional game too... My G5 quads both have the 7800GT card in them (a shame Apple doesn't offer these currently on the Mac Pro). I have PC systems with all sorts of graphics cards, but that's neither here nor there as we're at Apple's mercy. I'd love to recommend a system with two 7952GTXOC dual-GPU cards for quad-SLI goodness to blast through all those 3D games and applications, but Apple doesn't do that. :mad:

    For now with the Mac Pro, the X1900XT is the best reasonable option -- or compromise, depending on your needs.

    BTW, slabbius, I sent you a PM regarding your MBP system for sale... You still have it?
  3. spicyapple macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    There are only two video card options available for the Mac Pro, although in reality, really just one, since the x1900 is for gamers and the ultra pricey fx4500 is for workstation CAD.
  4. Monyx macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2005
    not much choice really

    I got the X1900XT with 2.66 along with 2GB extra RAM.
  5. ammon macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2005
    I also purchased the 2.66 w/ x1900xt. The card seems to perform quite well in Final Cut and Motion. I've even done some gaming with it under Winblows XP!

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