Worth upgrading to the 5870 from the 285?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by juliancs, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. juliancs macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2006
    As title says. I have a Quad 2.93, using the 285 for gaming in Windows. I've seen pretty decent improvements (10-20fps) on benchmarks, so thinking about getting the 5870. Anyone done this or had experience with it?
    Am I right in assuming, like the 285, I can't just put a windows version of the 5870 in my MP? would save a lot of cash...

  2. Cindori macrumors 68040


    Jan 17, 2008
    pc 5870 will work without bootscreen. but it really aint that much better. wait for 6970
  3. juliancs thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2006
    Thanks for the reply, Cindori. Where can I read about the 6970? Is there a mac version coming out, or will this work from a windows version as well?

    There are a few 5870's going cheap on ebay...I'm tempted.
  4. HawkEye40 macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2008
    There will be new Mac GPU's when the new Mac Pro's get released - sometime between now and Spring 2012. I need a new GPU but can't justify £370 for the 5870...

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