What video card would you recommend?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by John Musbach, Aug 17, 2008.

  1. John Musbach macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2007
    Hi, my mac specs:

    Model Name: Mac Pro
    Model Identifier: MacPro2,1
    Processor Name: Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    Processor Speed: 3 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 2
    Total Number Of Cores: 8
    L2 Cache (per processor): 8 MB
    Memory: 4 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.33 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: MP21.007F.B06
    SMC Version: 1.15f3
    ATI Radeon X1900 XT:

    Chipset Model: ATY,RadeonX1900
    Type: Display
    Bus: PCIe
    Slot: Slot-1
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 512 MB
    Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x7249
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    ROM Revision: 113-A52027-140
    EFI Driver Version: 01.00.140
    Display Type: LCD
    Resolution: 1680 x 1050
    Depth: 32-bit Color
    Core Image: Hardware Accelerated
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Quartz Extreme: Supported
    Rotation: Supported
    Display Connector:
    Status: No display connected

    Currently when doing gaming on our mac our video card likes to overheat on us so we're considering upgrading to a better video card. What would be our options? Perhaps rated in order of lowest end possible upgrade to highest end? Thanks! :)
  2. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    ATI Radeo 3870 is what you should look at in my opinion:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/ATI Technologies/100435928/

    2600XT - reasonable gaming performance, good under OSX
    8800GT - decent gaming performance
    3870HD - slightly lower gaming performance than the 8800GT, much better under OSX.

    Both the 3870HD and 8800GT have their share of issues, so search the mac pro sub forum before ordering.
  3. John Musbach thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2007

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