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Brian McLaren
Replacement video card for GUI
on Apr 13, 2013 at 2:27:41 am

Running a 2008 Mac Pro with a GTX 285 for GPU and a GT 120 for GUI. The GT 120 died and I can't find a replacement.

What would be a good replacement video card? Keep in mind that all my PCI power sockets are in use and that since I already have a good GPU, please don't say "Just get a Quadro 600."

Thanks


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Clark Bierbaum
Re: Replacement video card for GUI
on Apr 13, 2013 at 3:33:20 am

I have an old 120 modded by macvidcards that I can send you for cheap.

Email me at clarkatgarnetcolordotcom

Clark Bierbaum
Color Grading / Post Consultant
GarnetColor.com
Charlotte, NC


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Pepijn Klijs
Re: placement video card for GUI
on Apr 13, 2013 at 5:59:24 am

If you run osx 10.8.3 you can take a GT 640.

Editor/Colorist, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Sascha Haber
Re: placement video card for GUI
on Apr 13, 2013 at 7:16:24 am

Well, you an "ok" GPU.
I would anyway ditch the GTX know and the new EVGA GTX 680 as the only card and be happy.

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andrew smith
Re: placement video card for GUI
on Apr 13, 2013 at 9:20:22 pm

I have a GT120 and a 470 you can buy off me for cheap. Great condition etc.
Let me know!


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Ryan Holmes
Re: placement video card for GUI
on Apr 14, 2013 at 3:50:57 am

[Sascha Haber] "the new EVGA GTX 680"

I second Sascha's recommendation. This card is a CUDA beast (1536 CUDA cores), and it only costs $600! This card is on my "to-purchase" list for sure.

Ryan Holmes
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Jan Martens
Re: placement video card for GUI
on Apr 16, 2013 at 7:16:19 pm

don't buy a GTX card 'better' than GTX285! GT120 & GTX 285 is the best combination for the MacPro 2008.
If your GT120 has died, buy a second hand GT120 for a few bucks.

Here you'll find an explanation why it is wasted money to buy a better GPU: http://forums.creativecow.net/readpost/364/1299


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Vladimir Kucherov
Re: placement video card for GUI
on Apr 15, 2013 at 4:19:38 am

By only card, you mean just have the 680 as GUI + Cuda?


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andrew smith
Re: placement video card for GUI
on Apr 15, 2013 at 4:33:58 am

Yes that is what he means, the boost is minimal in latest OS maybe 2-3% better so might as well just have the 680 and leave room for say a rocket rental or MiniSas storage etc.


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Sascha Haber
Re: placement video card for GUI
on Apr 15, 2013 at 10:53:29 am

If the Mac allows efi64 and Mountain Lion you should be golden.
My MacPro died and I have to use an old 1.1 right now with an ATI 5770 and Quadro4000 ;)
And Resolve 8.2.2...

I'm soooo grounded

A slice of color...

Resolve 9.1.1 OSX 10.8.2

Colorist / Aerial footage producer
http://vimeo.com/saschahaber


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Boris Tivchev
Re: placement video card for GUI
on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:15:19 pm

Hi,

We have Davinci Resolve 9 running on a Mid 2012 MacPro - 2 x 2.66 GHz 6-Core, 10.8.2. We've got a Red Rocket card which has been laying around waiting for an expansion box.

Currently setup is:

slot-1 - GTX285 (GPU)
slot-2 - GT120 (UI)
slot-3 - LSI7404EP Fibre Channel
slot-4 - DeckLink SDI

Am I to understand that in the mean time I could just take the GT120 and swap it for the RR? Would the GTX285 alone be ok for UI and GPU?

Many thanks,
Boris


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Jan Martens
Re: placement video card for GUI
on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:26:00 pm

Just try it. Plug your monitor into the GTX285, use already debayered clips at the resolution you plan to work on (to 'simulate' the RR) and give is a try.


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Boris Tivchev
Re: placement video card for GUI
on Apr 18, 2013 at 2:50:14 pm

Thanks, Jan.

Just tried that with Alexa PR footage and a few nodes with blur and NR. Playback dropped from 7.5-8fps with the 120 down to 6.5-7fps with the 285 for both UI and GPU.

I can live with that.


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Jason Osterday
Re: placement video card for GUI
on Apr 23, 2013 at 5:59:39 pm

With 10.8.3 we see more of a jump from RAM than the GT120. Jumping from 16GB to 48GB increased playback by .5FPS to nearly 2FPS depending on Blur nodes. Our low end 570 machines now get realtime with 8 blur nodes (as single GPU/GUI). Highly recommend dumping that money on RAM and disk speed vs another GT120. Unless you need the boot screen.


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