Would I be silly... [upgrade video card]

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by josh8711, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. josh8711 macrumors member

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    ... If I upgrade my nvidia 8800gt to something more powerful when I only do photoshop work? Would I see any performance gains at all in this area?
     
  2. dimme macrumors 65816

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    I let you know in a day or two. I just ordered a ATI 5770 to replace my 8800GT. I work in photoshop & Lightroom.
     
  3. gullySn0wCat macrumors 6502

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    Not really, but you should upgrade your card anyway. The 8800 is a POS
     
  4. slughead macrumors 68040

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    8800 is fine. I used it for years in photoshop.

    As far as I know, PS doesn't use GPU acceleration for anything yet, so there's really no reason to "upgrade."

    I have a 4870 now and notice no performance gain in PS or anything other than 3d gaming.
     
  5. dimme macrumors 65816

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    Well I hope I see some gain. I thought at least Snow Leopard will take advantage of a better GPU. I just trying to get as many years as possible out of my 2008 MacPro
     
  6. goMac macrumors 603

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    Photoshop doesn't use the GPU, (except for the opt-in GPU mode, which is slower than CPU). You won't see any speed boosts in Photoshop.

    Maybe under Lightroom.
     
  7. dimme macrumors 65816

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    From Abobe's website "Photoshop CS5 and CS4 leverage the graphics display card's GPU, instead of the computer CPU, to speed its screen redraw. For Photoshop to access the GPU, your display card must contain a GPU that supports OpenGL and has enough RAM to support Photoshop's functions - at least 128 MB, and a display driver that supports OpenGL 2.0 and Shader Model 3.0.

    Are these the functions that run slower?
     
  8. goMac macrumors 603

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    It is off by default, and yes, that is what I'm talking about.
     
  9. toxic macrumors 68000

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    PS and LR don't use the GPU for much of anything. an integrated chip is good enough.
     
  10. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    Well, as long as it still works, I don't really see a reason to recommend an upgrade to someone working in Photoshop/Lightroom, both of which harness very little GPU power. My flashed EVGA 8800 GT is 3 years old and still works fine.
     
  11. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    You'll notice no difference, the 8800GT is quite capable. Sure, it isn't bleeding edge any more, but it does the job.

    Adobe's use of GPGPU is rubbish anyway.
     
  12. dimme macrumors 65816

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    I got the ATI 5770 today. Only played around with it for a hour or so. The first thing I noticed is how quiet my system is. The finder feels snapper but Photoshop and bridge feels pretty much the same. I did a quick flight in X-plane (the only game I play) and it is much faster. Although I see not difference in the Adobe apps I feel it was a good investment to keep my system viable for a few more years. I have been wanting to get into 3d apps so I think it may help me out there also.
     

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