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Where will a 2008 MacPro 2 x 2.88ghz/12g x 800mhz ram bottleneck with an Ati5870

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November 18, 2010 4:25:19 PM

I have a 2008 Macpro dual 2.88g Quad Xeons, 12 gig 800mhz ram and I am currently upgrading from an 8800gt to a 5870 graphics card. I am interested to know where this system will bottleneck or will my system utilise this card well ?

ps : this systems runs Protools 8 in OSX 10.6.5. The priority for the graphics card is games in windows 7 (boot camp)
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November 18, 2010 5:09:22 PM

No,your rig is fine for a 5870.
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November 18, 2010 5:34:27 PM

Maziar said:
No,your rig is fine for a 5870.

thanks for the advice mate.
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November 19, 2010 12:43:26 AM

plznote said:
Yeah it's good! Why do you want a 5870?
I would go for a 6870 a $100 cheaper and maybe 5% slower. Also scales better in CrossFire but since you have a Mac...
Here's the benchmark:
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/HIS/Radeon_HD_6870/2...


Are there bootcamp drivers for a 6870 card? If so I agree I should have done that. It seems a bit wrong to buy a brand-new mac graphics card that is part of a whole series that is already super-ceded. ha ha. Anyway ... it's ordered now so ... here goes. Thanks very much for your advice.
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a c 169 U Graphics card
November 19, 2010 8:11:24 AM

Yes there are bootcamp drivers for 6870.
Don't worry though,5870 is still a great card(faster than 6870),hope you enjoy it :) 
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November 20, 2010 6:11:30 AM

the OS is the bottleneck
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November 20, 2010 6:12:33 AM

iam2thecrowe said:
the OS is the bottleneck

Yup,

and the fact that it outdated two days after it came out.
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