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peter tours
Need Grfx Card Advise Fast!
on Feb 24, 2010 at 2:02:49 pm

Consider good or bad luck but my 2008 Mac Pro 2.8 has been declared legally dead by Applecare and they are replacing it with a new 2.9.
The grfx card they are offering is the Geforce 120.
Should I hold out for the ATI Radeon HD 4870 or does it really make a difference?? Or should I consider holding out my Geforce 8800GT and continue using it?

Which is the best card for FCP? We mostly work in DVCPRO HD in a double monitor configuration. I don't use AE (learning) or Motion (still new)or Color (toooooo complicated) but I use a lot of Boris Red. To me they are just puter monitors but I understand they now do processing as well.

I am not aware that my current grfx card holds me back in any way, though it may in ways I don't know.

Anyway, before they wake up in Cupertino and finalize the config, I would sure appreciate some advice.

1. Accept the Gforce 120
2. Politely demand the ATI Radeon HD 4870
3. Keep my Gforce 8800GT

Peter Tours
TnT Video Services, Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Peter Tours
TnT Video Services, Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, FL


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Matthew Mullen
Re: Need Grfx Card Advise Fast!
on Feb 24, 2010 at 7:54:05 pm

As far as Red is concerned you would be fine with any of the cards listed.

Not sure if you did already but you might want to post in the FCP forum to see what users feel with the graphics cards in FCP.


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peter tours
Re: Need Grfx Card Advise Fast!
on Feb 24, 2010 at 8:02:42 pm

Matt - Apple agreed to the upgrade. Thanks, peter

Peter Tours
TnT Video Services, Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, FL


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Matthew Mullen
Re: Need Grfx Card Advise Fast!
on Feb 24, 2010 at 8:05:20 pm

They gave you the 4870? Great!


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peter tours
Re: Need Grfx Card Advise Fast!
on Feb 24, 2010 at 9:12:13 pm

Consolation prize for 3 months of hell:

Mac Pro
Part number: Z0G1
Two 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
12GB (6x2GB)
Mac Pro RAID Card
640GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
640GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
640GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
640GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB
One 18x SuperDrive
Apple Mouse
Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) and User's Guide
Country Kit

Peter Tours
TnT Video Services, Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, FL


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