What should I do with my 8800 card?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by irishgrizzly, May 16, 2009.

  1. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    What should I do with my 8800 card after I get the new 285? Should I sell or is there any advantage of keeping it (apart from running more then two monitors). I game in bootcamp and use CS4 in OS X.
  2. skyline r34 macrumors 6502

    skyline r34

    Oct 10, 2005
    San Diego
    I'm keeping mine as a backup just in case something goes wrong with 285 GTX or when i'm going to sell my 2008 Mac Pro, it's also good to have a backup card
  3. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    I'd keep it as backup too. Having had so many cards fail on me, I'd have been spared so much pain had I had a backup.

    And then later down the line you can maybe sell it to someone for a decent price since they're out of production. :D
  4. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
  5. 10THzMac macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2007
    It's useful for more than just backup. 8800 has 112 cores against the 285's 240, so might well provide useful further acceleration for any OpenCL applications. My Mac Pro CUDA rig uses both 8800 and 285 GPUs together under bootcamp and does the multiGPU examples nicely, so OpenCL should manage the same under 10.6. 285 is about twice as fast as 8800 under CUDA, so you might get 50% boost under OpenCL keeping it in your Mac.

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