Video cards recommendations for Intel Macs?


    Sep 07 2006 | 12:17 am
    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

    • Sep 07 2006 | 12:44 am
      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 > -- > www.jeffreypaulburger.com > www.jpburger.com >
    • Sep 10 2006 | 10:33 am
      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 > > -- > > www.jeffreypaulburger.com > > www.jpburger.com > > >
    • Sep 10 2006 | 8:42 pm
      > > 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