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  • July 27th, 2010, 02:40 PM
    biznob
    Quote Originally Posted by RicheemxX View Post
    Yikes $190 for that card, for that price I might have tried getting that 4870 to work or looked for a used 8800GT. Hell I might even have tried out a 2nd 7300gt
    the issue was more time than money... I had already spent too much time on this and needed a solution
  • July 23rd, 2010, 11:40 AM
    thephilosophizer
    Been hearing rumors of an upcoming mac refresh, prob imac and mac pro. Has to be about time they move to nvidia 4**, and ati 5***, but man, $450 for the gtx 285. Ouch.
    Though I have a macbook pro, and as far as I can see, I'll always use a mac laptop, I'd never buy one of their desktops, $/performance is just way too far out of whack.
    Just looking, baseline mac pro:
    2.66 quad core
    3gb memory
    640gb hard drive
    gts 120 graphics
    All for the price of $2,500
    That's just mind boggling
  • July 22nd, 2010, 06:20 PM
    RicheemxX
    Yikes $190 for that card, for that price I might have tried getting that 4870 to work or looked for a used 8800GT. Hell I might even have tried out a 2nd 7300gt
  • July 22nd, 2010, 05:24 PM
    biznob
    bought it from Code micro for 190 with 2 day shipping
    now I just have to go buy the adapters
  • July 22nd, 2010, 05:03 PM
    biznob
    Noone has the 3870...
    I just realized that none have hdmi ports too..
    I am going to go with the ATI X1900XT as soon as I can find a site with a decent return policy that has it. Thanks for the input Richee
  • July 22nd, 2010, 04:07 PM
    RicheemxX
    Well the one issue I see there is the very few MAC edition HD 3870's I can find (and that wasn't many) didn't have HDMI ports. They used DVI-HDMI adapters, even the specs list it as HDMI support not as Integrated HDMI output. So either way you'd still need to use adapters. Now I don't know if that would have any effect on the need for line amplifiers or not but its something to keep in mind.

    PS looking at the list they show - none of the card have integrated HDMI support. So no matter what you'd be looking at running DVI-HDMI adapters and that being the case a single card should be sufficient.
  • July 22nd, 2010, 03:36 PM
    biznob
    Thanks Richee
    That link is very informative.
    I figure the two cards because I havent found a card with two HDMI ports on it and I would like to eliminate the line amplifiers.
    I didnt go to a mac forum because everyone knows the smartest people on the web are on TIMO!
    I have to make the final decision by the end of the day so by the time I get back from camping this weekend they will be delivered hopefully
  • July 22nd, 2010, 02:47 PM
    RicheemxX
    Admittedly I'm no MAC expert here but I do know there are only a handful of cards that can be used in your system and yeah AFAIK that card is one of them. For just running a dual monitor setup I don't see that you'd need two cards, a single dual port card should work fine.

    Personally I'd suggest visiting a MAC specific forum as you are more likely to get a much more informed answer than most ppl here could probably give, but this thread here will give you a ton of info Mac Pro GPU Upgrades - Mac Forums
  • July 22nd, 2010, 02:15 PM
    biznob
    I was thinking about this but maybe there is something else of better quality with a little more memory.
  • July 22nd, 2010, 01:59 PM
    biznob

    Two 30" cinema displays need card

    I have a 2007 edition mac pro running OS 10.6.4 Right now inside there is a geforce 7300 gt in it. When I connect both of the displays one of them has a maximum resolution of 1280 X 800. This looks lame on a 30" monitor..I would like to buy two new graphics cards to put into the computer that will run the monitors. The computer is in an room on the other side of the house and has a 75' run to the monitors. Currently I have two 15 meter DVI-D cables with line amplifiers boosting the signal then 10 meter cables running into the office. I would like to get cards with HDMI ports so I can do away with the amplifiers and the extension cord that goes to it. I have never installed a piece of hardware on a mac and I would appreciate any help in choosing a card that would be compatible.
    I talked to an "apple guy" and he said to get a Radeon.

    Thanks in advance

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