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joe mordecai
Re: Upgradable GPUs
on Jun 11, 2013 at 6:14:44 am

i still have the ATI Radeon HD 5870 from when I bought my Mac Pro 5,1 in 2010. The last few months, especially after using FCPX for my work, I've been thinking of upgrading the card.

But I'll be honest, I haven't yet because 1) I wanted to wait to see what Apple had in store for this new generation and 2) call me sorta GPU-illiterate, but I never quite got a good sense of what the best card to upgrade to would be for FCPX. The Sapphire seemed like a good bet (especially at the price), but then I heard it didn't offer too much of an advantage. Any thoughts on the best card for FCPX right now?

Alas, FCPX still runs fine with the 5870, but I would be looking for more zip. Considering it's been nearly three years of totally fine usage, I'd imagine the new Mac Pro's GPUs would be good for at least the same amount of time if not longer.

Who the hell knows. I still want one.


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