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#41 mattw

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 01:06 PM

Given all the good feedback so far I think I'll get one of these if Apple don't announce a new machine that is a big enough step forward.

Supply does seem limited over here though so far - only the odd company I've never heard of advertising them.
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Posted 11 May 2013 - 05:40 AM

From the research I've been doing it appears that you can slap any GTX680 off the shelf (so long as its specs match NVIDIA's reference board, but I've run into a list of cards tested to have worked) into a MacPro only with Mac OS X 10.8.3 and it will work without ROM flashing albeit without a proper, gray boot screen. Also, according to Netkas.org Apple's 10.8.4 beta seed has updated NVIDIA drivers that allow an off the shelf Titan to work in the MacPro as well (3,1 model referenced in screenshot).

I'm waiting to hear back from an eBay seller who, I hope, flashes the ROM himself to get a proper boot screen—I'm willing to pay a little extra for someone to take care of the flashing so long as it works and I don't have time to deal with it—but he's advertising GTX680s for MacPros with minimum OS 10.8.3. I inquired if he flashed them to have a proper boot screen (can Single User boot, hold Option to select OS, etc), if they don't then I'll know he's selling off-the-shelf PC cards and I can do that myself.
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Posted 13 May 2013 - 02:16 AM

I went ahead and purchased a flashed 2GB GTX680 off of eBay after a bit of homework... I'll let you all know how it goes if I survive my wife beating me! :crying:

Now to come up with an explanation as to just why I needed to get this card...
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 03:47 AM

UPDATE: The card came in yesterday and worked like a charm... save for my leaving one of the molex connectors loose! Right now I'm in OS X. Oddly enough OS X was useless when it came to troubleshooting; I kept getting a screen stating that the computer restarted because of a problem... to "press any key or wait a few seconds to continue" while, after a few tries, I tried selecting Win7 to boot into to which I was greeted with the helpful; "please connect the power cable to your PCIe video card"

I'm going to test it out a bit with Win7.

Right now I haven't even tried any games, either... I'm just elated and had to post.




UPDATE: Just got through a few games of Black Ops II and Battlefield 3 in Win7Pro—ridiculous! It's—no, it's ridonkulous how fast this card is! I have zero frame rate tests to show... I max'd all graphics and the games played smoother (I'm talking complete buttah!) than [with] the medium settings with the Radeon HD 5870. I'm reinstalling Black Ops Mac MP to start testing there. This card is definitely a bit quieter, too. The sound noticeably spins up under load and quickly slows when leaving a game.

I tried Borderlands 2 Mac a little bit and noticed small visual glitches and felt it actually wasn't as smooth as it was with the Radeon HD 5870. I also noticed that the PhysX option remained grayed out, has this always been the case for the Mac version as far as NVIDIA cards go?
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Posted 18 May 2013 - 12:31 PM

View PostUmarOMC1, on 13 May 2013 - 02:16 AM, said:

I'll let you all know how it goes if I survive my wife beating me! :crying:

Now to come up with an explanation as to just why I needed to get this card...
Are you a man or a mouse? Just tell her, "Woman! I need more game. Now make me a sandwich."

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Eric5h5:
When there's a multiplayer version, I'm going to be on Frost's team. Well, except he doesn't seem to actually need a team...I mean, what's the point? "Hey look, it's Frost and His Merry Gang of Useless Hangers-On!" Or something.

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Posted 18 May 2013 - 12:59 PM

That's sammich, sir—make me a sammich, woman... please? :king:
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Posted 19 May 2013 - 03:43 PM

I reinstalled Black Ops MP Mac and uninstalled again after a couple of games. It's still choppy, there aren't many servers for any game mode and I regret purchasing it.

Borderlands 2 started performing noticeably better after editing the WillowEngine.ini file to remove the outlined look from the rendering (changed DefaultPostProcessName=WillowEngineMaterials.WillowScenePostProcess to DefaultPostProcessName=EngineMaterials.ScenePostProcess). I'm still searching for tweaks for this game for NVIDIA cards. I've never owned an NVIDIA card and am assuming some hiccups are due to my perhaps having edited pref files for my Radeon HD 5870.

UPDATE: As with Deus Ex I just tried trashing the Config folder located at ~/Library/Application Support/Borderlands 2/WillowGame and let it create its own—muuuuch better, even without editing the .ini files! I wish I could say that I was able to max everything but it was definitely performing a lot better after letting it recreate the config files.

Deus Ex: Human Revolution ran a lot smoother, allowing me to enable a few more graphic features without slowdown. I had to dump the Preferences Data file before running this game with the new card because I couldn't select more than 640x480 running without doing that.

Guild Wars 2's last update was hanging on downloading the last update so I decided to trash it and attempt to reinstall... it's 17GB so, yeah, that might be awhile because it appears to max out at downloading around 800kB/s

Under Windows, as stated before, everything runs spectacularly with max'd settings.
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Posted 19 May 2013 - 05:37 PM

View PostUmarOMC1, on 19 May 2013 - 03:43 PM, said:

Borderlands 2 started performing noticeably better after editing the WillowEngine.ini file to remove the outlined look from the rendering (changed DefaultPostProcessName=WillowEngineMaterials.WillowScenePostProcess to DefaultPostProcessName=WillowEngineMaterials.WillowScenePostProcess).

Those two process names are the same.  What did you change it to?
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Posted 19 May 2013 - 06:05 PM

View Postthe Battle Cat, on 19 May 2013 - 05:37 PM, said:

Those two process names are the same.  What did you change it to?
Oops, edited. Thanks.
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Posted 19 May 2013 - 06:17 PM

View PostUmarOMC1, on 18 May 2013 - 12:59 PM, said:

That's sammich, sir—make me a sammich, woman... please? :king:
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Eric5h5:
When there's a multiplayer version, I'm going to be on Frost's team. Well, except he doesn't seem to actually need a team...I mean, what's the point? "Hey look, it's Frost and His Merry Gang of Useless Hangers-On!" Or something.

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Posted 25 May 2013 - 11:01 PM

Interesting. I ran into NVIDIA drivers that, along with the Mac OS X 10.8.3 OS and MacPro 3,1 4,1 and 5,1 prerequisite, list the GTX 680 for Mac as one of the supported products. I'm going to install it and report back.
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Posted 25 May 2013 - 11:29 PM

Nice! I'll pass this along to the fellow I installed the 680 for.
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Eric5h5:
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Posted 14 June 2013 - 02:52 AM

Drivers (Web Driver and CUDA) updated; Driver and CUDA or update through [respective] Preference Panes.

New in Release 313.01.02f01:
  • Contains performance improvements and bug fixes for a wide range of applications.
  • Includes new NVIDIA Driver Manager preference pane.

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 04:43 PM

My order finally arrived after 5 weeks, installing tonight.
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