Video cards recommendations for Intel Macs?

Sep 7, 2006 at 12:17am

Video cards recommendations for Intel Macs?

Does anybody have any advice on Intel Mac video cards for use with Jitter and related GPU/OpenGL work? Apple offers three configs. It seems clear that the step up from stock GeForce 7300GT to Radeon X1900 XT is a no-brainer. Does anybody know what if any Jitter/GPU/OpenGL benefits there are to spending the extra $1695 for the Nvidia Quadro FX 4500? Any advice on these or other video cards for the new Intel Macs would be greatly appreciated.

Jeff

#27520
Sep 7, 2006 at 12:44am

If you need quad buffered stereo or a massively powerful GPU, then it
might be worth it, otherwise, the default cards a quite good for doing
both 3D stuff and pixel processing on the GPU.

wes

On 9/6/06, Jeff Burger wrote:
>
> Does anybody have any advice on Intel Mac video cards for use with Jitter and related GPU/OpenGL work? Apple offers three configs. It seems clear that the step up from stock GeForce 7300GT to Radeon X1900 XT is a no-brainer. Does anybody know what if any Jitter/GPU/OpenGL benefits there are to spending the extra $1695 for the Nvidia Quadro FX 4500? Any advice on these or other video cards for the new Intel Macs would be greatly appreciated.
>
> Jeff
> –
> http://www.jeffreypaulburger.com
> http://www.jpburger.com
>

#83343
Sep 10, 2006 at 10:33am

Hi Wesley,

What do you mean by quad buffered ? And what is the difference of the GPU of
Quadro and GeForce ?

While, I had run a water ripple patch using GPU and buffer read back on a
Quadro FX1500, it is much faster than another machine with a 6600GT.
However, I do not really know what in the machine to make such different.

William

On 9/7/06, Wesley Smith wrote:
>
> If you need quad buffered stereo or a massively powerful GPU, then it
> might be worth it, otherwise, the default cards a quite good for doing
> both 3D stuff and pixel processing on the GPU.
>
> wes
>
> On 9/6/06, Jeff Burger wrote:
> >
> > Does anybody have any advice on Intel Mac video cards for use with
> Jitter and related GPU/OpenGL work? Apple offers three configs. It seems
> clear that the step up from stock GeForce 7300GT to Radeon X1900 XT is a
> no-brainer. Does anybody know what if any Jitter/GPU/OpenGL benefits there
> are to spending the extra $1695 for the Nvidia Quadro FX 4500? Any advice on
> these or other video cards for the new Intel Macs would be greatly
> appreciated.
> >
> > Jeff
> > –
> > http://www.jeffreypaulburger.com
> > http://www.jpburger.com
> >
>

#83344
Sep 10, 2006 at 8:42pm

>
> What do you mean by quad buffered ? And what is the difference of the GPU of
> Quadro and GeForce ?

Quad buffered is for active stereo using both Left and Right
front/back buffer pairs for the left and right eyes. Readback
performance is getter better on newer machines and I guess largely
depends on both you graphics card and the type of bus system it’s
plugged in to.

wes

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