Video card options for Mac Pro
As I’ve blogged about earlier, I am the proud owner of a Mac Pro. I love it. One thing I don’t love about it though, is the video card. My box came with the default nVidia 7300 GT and it’s a dog. I can draw polygons by hand faster than this thing.
So I went to the Apple store and checked out what options I had for upgrading. Turns out there are three options, nVidia 7300 GT (the one I have), ATI X1900 XT and an nVidia Quadra FX 4500. This is a joke. The Quadra is of no use to me and costs a rediculous amount of money, so I’m left with the ATI X1900 XT. Thing is, this card is so old I wasn’t even able to find it in Swedens two largest online PC stores anymore. The closest thing is the successor, the X1950 XT. This card costs about $285 if you buy it for a PC. Guess what Apple charges for the X1900 XT here in Sweden? $550!
Dear Apple. Please get a grip and start to offer some modern video card options for the Mac Pro. How about an nVidia 8600 GTS? It’s dirt cheap and still packs a punch. Just slap on your custom BIOS or whatever and get it out there!