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Martin Phillips
Anyone using Sapphire HD 7950 in a MacPro?
on Apr 24, 2013 at 3:28:04 pm

Just wondered whether anyone is using this card in a MacPro and could let us know how it's working with FCPX?

Martin Phillips Freelance Cameraman / Producer / Editor
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK. http://www.videodvdmaker.co.uk


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Erik Lindahl
Re: Anyone using Sapphire HD 7950 in a MacPro?
on Apr 24, 2013 at 6:08:01 pm

Seems to work fine for me. Want me to test something specific?

MacPro 2008, 8x2.8 GHz, 16 GB RAM, external ATTO-SAS RAID, Kona 3.


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Marty Melville
Re: Anyone using Sapphire HD 7950 in a MacPro?
on May 20, 2013 at 9:58:12 pm

Hey Erik

Did you have any install probs or was it just drop it in and off you go. I have heard that they will pull a lot of power, will the PS unit cope with that on a 3.1?

Thanks

Marty


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Greg Jones
Re: Anyone using Sapphire HD 7950 in a MacPro?
on Apr 24, 2013 at 6:09:02 pm

I just installed the Nvidia GTX680 for Mac in my MacPro and it screams. I don't do much editing in Final Cut Pro X, but I did do some test editing in it and it seemed to work smoothly. In Premiere Pro the GTX680 is truly amazing.

Greg Jones
D7,Inc
http://www.d7-inc.com


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Erik Lindahl
Re: Anyone using Sapphire HD 7950 in a MacPro?
on Apr 24, 2013 at 6:17:54 pm

True that! According to some a test made by barefeats however the Radeon 7950 is the FCPX king.

http://www.barefeats.com/gpu7950c.html


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Martin Phillips
Re: Anyone using Sapphire HD 7950 in a MacPro?
on Apr 25, 2013 at 2:03:03 pm

Thanks for the replies, guys, yes - I have just been looking at the GTX680 and it looks pretty good. Just wonder whether it's worth the extra £150 or so ..... Also wonder whether to hang on for a few months to see if anything else suddenly appears?

Martin Phillips Freelance Cameraman / Producer / Editor
Chesham, Buckinghamshire, UK. http://www.videodvdmaker.co.uk


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Erik Lindahl
Re: Anyone using Sapphire HD 7950 in a MacPro?
on Apr 26, 2013 at 2:52:52 pm

GPU-wise there isn't that much more right now.

- nVidia GTX680 is top of the line excluding Titan
- Radeon 7950 isn't top of the line but "high end" and I'd be surpriced to see a 7970 coming any time soon

AMD doesn't have any new GPU's coming for some time, nVidia is however rumored to release a 700-series soonish, possible summer release. If that means an OSX-card will come one can never know and these cards won't be a major break-through.

760Ti ≈ current 680 where the 770 will be a slightly faster card.
780 will be a lower-cost Titan it seems, beating the current 680 by some margin and having more VRAM.

Nothing really huge from what I understand however.

A 780 in tandem with a SandyBridge-E MacPro, that would perhaps be quite "earth moving" but that's a few months away and we still don't have a clue what Apple's plan for the MacPro is.


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