Mac Pro Extreme 3D Gaming Benchmarks
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 2 comments
Benchmark site Barefeats recently released the results of a new comparison test, this time evaluating four graphics card available for the Nehalem Mac Pro 2.94GHz. The test revealed the strengths and weaknesses of the Geforce 8800 GT, Radeon HD 3870, Radeon HD 4870, and GeForce 120 GT when running games at maxed out or high settings.
1. The Radeon HD 4870 is a welcome CTO option for the 'early 2009' Nehalem Mac Pro. And we're glad to see that it is sold in kit form. You will need the February 2009 ATI drivers but those should be available to all users in the next Apple system update. (Though Apple only officially supports it in the 2009 and 2008 Mac Pro, we have confirmed it runs in the 2007 and 2006 models.)Head over to the site below to view the full results of the test.
Barefeats: eXtreme Gaming On The Mac Pro
2. Different cards are optimized for different games -- or vice versa. You can't take one game and make it the proxy for overall game performance. For example, the 4870 blows away all the others in the X-Plane test but the 8800 is nipping at its heels in the Halo and WoW tests. I imagine it's next to impossible for game developers to optimize their game for all brands and all models of GPU.
5. You don't need 8 cores for extreme gaming. The dual core 2009 iMac 3.06 with the GeForce 130GT beats the GeForce 120 GT and Radeon HD 3870 equipped 8-core Mac Pro 2.93. Also, just before posting this, we restested the Radeon HD 4870 in a 4-core Mac Pro 2.93. It came within one or two FPS of the 8-core in each game.
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