For graphics, I used a Tyan Tachyon 9700 Pro card which introduced dynamic overclocking. This was really a one-hit wonder for Tyan, as the company bounced from the graphics scene after this card’s release. At the time, it was the best thing available being based on ATI’s legendary Radeon 9700 Pro GPU. The 9700 Pro chip was quite revolutionary at the time, and eclipsed anything available from NVIDIA.
This is the prime department where Apple needs to give more support to its users. For the longest time, Mac Pro users were stuck on sub-par graphics, and now the best you can get for consumers are:
# ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB
# 2 x ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB [Add $130.00]
# 3 x ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB [Add $260.00]
# 4 x ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB [Add $390.00]
# NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB [Add $150.00]
# NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 1.5GB [Add $2,850.00]
Those are the available options when you configure a new Mac Pro. GeForce 8800 GT? Not even a GTX? Where’s the option to add in something like an ATI Radeon 4870 HD?
I miss the days of picking any graphics card I wanted.
- Hardcore PC Days
- Fibre-Channel Arbitrated Loop and a 12-inch PowerBook
- The Transition
- Switching Back and Forth
- It All Just Works, Most of the Time
- Give Users Some Competitive Changes
- I Went Mac, with Windows on Standby
- The Fibre Setup
- The Ridiculously Fast Drives
- Tyan's One Hit Wonder
- The Entire Setup From the Old Days
- Apple's First Version of OS X