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Andrew Golden
Re: My New MacPro Configs, What Say You
on May 28, 2010 at 2:26:42 pm

Hey Alex,

Your configuration looks pretty good. My only observation/suggestions surrounds your graphics card choice. Are you doing a lot of work in Color?? If not, I would stick with the nVidia card. A lot of programs (such as the new Adobe CS5 suite) are optimized for nVidia chipsets. If using Color was your primary focus of this machine, I would use the ATI, but in most cases, I'd just use the stock GT120. If you wanted to upgrade the video card to something more advanced, I would recommend the nVidia Quadro FX 4800MAC; since it would be a significant upgrade and would allow you to take advantage of the new features in CS5 and also give you an upgrade path to Autodesk Smoke For Mac. However, for a lite-duty machine, the $1500 price tag of the 4800 is pretty steep. On the other hand, I see no benefits to spending the extra $200 for the ATI unless you are using Color a lot.

Andrew

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