Member Since: May 20, 2008
Mac Specs: 13" MB 2.4ghz, 2gig ram, OS 10.7.5
02-12-2013, 02:49 PM
Originally Posted by Bookem0328
Question 2, is this thing really worth the $250 investment for what I am using it for? Will it make a difference in the long run with newer software? Or would just replacing my main HD with an SSD HD be a better choice for me?
The 5770 video card is a very good card and relatively inexpensive (especially in a world where video card upgrades for Mac Pro's can be very confusing & limited choices). Also, a 2x increase in performance (looked at from a time perspective)...could also mean a 50% reduction in the time it takes to complete a project. For example...a 1 hour rendering could be reduced to 30 minutes (a nice savings).
Also...in some of the other tests you made where you saw no performance improvements. This probably means that those tasks are more cpu intensive...and don't rely on the video card.
Something else to consider. There is also a Radeon 5870 video card (the "big brother" of the 5770). The 5870 is supposed to have 2x the performance of the 5770...but it also costs 2x the price ($484). So with the 5870...you may see a 4x improvement vs. you previous GT 120 video card.
Regarding your question about would you be better off installing an SSD. An SSD only speeds up data transfer to & from your storage device...it doesn't really impact how quickly your computer is able to do things that are cpu or graphics hardware related. So an SSD will help things be faster...but it won't effect how fast your computer can do graphics/video processing.
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