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Replace my HD 3870 with GTX 260, GTX 275, or GTX 285 ?
« on: May 06, 2010, 05:18:03 PM »
Hi,

I'm currently using Chameleon-2.0-RC4-r684 (AsereBLN) with Snow Leopard 10.6.2. Dual booting with Windows 7.
I didn't bother upgrading to 10.6.3 because I need to replace my ATI Radeon HD 3870 which has become obsolete in Macland, because it cannot support OpenCL in hardware.
It could support QE/CI, but apparently these 2 somehow do not work on the PC version (they do on the Mac version of the card).
I narrowed down my selection to NVidia GTX 260, 275, and 285.
(I also checked in the ati.c and nvidia.c source files to see which card models were supported.)
I also looked at GTS 250 cards, which should be fine for my purposes, but they seem to come with only 1 DVI-I port, and 1 D-Sub port.

Speedwise the HD 3870 is still OK for what I'm using it for, so all 3 GPU types will do me good.
I therefore have a preference for the GTX 260, but of the bunch these are the hardest to get, even second-hand.

What is important to me is that the card should :
work OOTB with "GraphicsEnabler=Yes"
have 2 fully working DVI-I ports (dual 30" monitor support or my old analogues; also see below)
support QE
support CI
support OpenCL
have reasonable future proof driver support in OS X

Basically provide a super snappy desktop experience without graphics glitches

A fully working DVI-I port to me means :
Dual-link DVI upto 2560x1600, and analogue upto 2048x1536. So both the digital and analogue signals should work.

I'm mainly programming, browsing, emailing, digitally drawing, digitally clouring and painting. I do not play games on the desktop.
The usual stuff.

I'm just not sure about the dual monitor support working in Snow Leopard.

I hope someone has a dual monitor setup with either of these cards, and can make a redcommendation.
Or, tell me which of these 3 cards will not support something on my shortlist.

Thanks,
Robert
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Re: Replace my HD 3870 with GTX 260, GTX 275, or GTX 285 ?
« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2010, 05:52:31 PM »
Well written and a legitimate question and everything but this is the Chameleon support forum and the subject is not related to Chameleon, so.. welcome to the Black Hole. You should post over at InsanelyMac or one of the other general Hackintosh forums.

If you want to see which cards are recognized by Chameleon's GraphicsEnabler, download the source code and take a look inside nvidia.c.

I highly recommend the Geforce 9800GTX+, it will do all the things you mention. I don't know much about 200 series cards, except that the 285 is supported in the drivers that ship with OS X but maybe it's a bit overkill.

Good Luck!
« Last Edit: May 07, 2010, 07:13:16 PM by Gringo Vermelho »
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Re: Replace my HD 3870 with GTX 260, GTX 275, or GTX 285 ?
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2010, 06:02:33 PM »
OK, I understand.
Thanks for replying though. ;)
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