timewaster, on May 30th 2008, 11:30 AM, said:
Well, end of May is here, no 3870 for the Mac. My ATI X1900 is dying a slow death in my 1st gen Mac Pro. I can work all day in Excel and Mail, but it seems to start glitching about 5 minutes into a game, with polygonal gray artifacts and freezes. Dusting did not help.
I was about to buy the NVidia 8800GT, but I read that it does not run Call of Duty 2 particularly well, which is my addiction. Pro apps are occasional use not a big performance issue for me. I am hoping to pick up the 3870 card and find that it works well for COD2 (and COD4 when it is finally released in July).
Any new news on a release date? Video cards have advanced considerably. Please don't tell me I have to spend $400 buying the exact same card (X1900) that came with my computer nearly two years ago. Wahhh!
Dude, I'm in exactly the same position. Dusted, still getting the artifacts and freezing. WAH is correct.
QuantaCat, on May 30th 2008, 01:02 PM, said:
Yes I know motion does. But Motion is also the only one I don't use. Shake, DVD Studio Pro, Final Cut, Compressor, yes. Motion, no. After effects all the way, baby. (and as far as I know, it still uses CPU power only, or atleast mostly)
I use those apps too. There's an option in the AE preferences that enables open GL rendering to help speed things up. So really, the 8800gt 'should' kick ass in AE with this option turned on.
rob_ART, on May 30th 2008, 12:29 PM, said:
Looks like the ship date for the 3870 slipped to mid June.
Hopefully I'll have some game benchmark results before then -- maybe as early as next week.
Meanwhile, I wanted to mention that Mac OS X 10.5.3 does speed up the GeForce 8800 when it's running Core Image intensive apps like Motion and Aperture. However, in most cases, it's only catching up to the Radeon 2600 in that regard.
Thanks for your hard work Rob-ART (Barefeats rocks btw). Notch one up for Nvidia because I can't wait any longer for the 3870. I just pray, like others, that optimisation for the 8800gt is not complete with 10.5.3. and that a graphics update is on the way. However, there seems to be some confusion as to whether it's a driver or architecture issue.
Any more peeps from ATI regarding 4870 before I take the plunge?