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MacPro - The Ultimate Gamer (?)

by NewOrderrr / August 14, 2006 11:35 AM PDT

I'm confused. (what else is new NewO?)

Does Apple mean 'Ultimate Gamer' on Mac OS or Ultimate Gamer for computing?

http://www.apple.com/games/hardware/index.html#ultimate
http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/gameroom/index.php

More questions:
-Can you hook up 3 monitors to a Mac and use it like a Matrox TripleHead2Go but with DVI vs VGA cables?
http://www.matrox.com/graphics/offhome/th2go/home.cfm

-Would a Quadro give any significant benefits over an SLi or Crossfire PC rig?

-Could a company get some MacPros, add custom installed versions of Windows and graphics cards, and re-sell a better gaming rig for less than a comparable FalconNW or VooDooPC?

Apple Mac Pro $5397
DUAL Xeon Core2 2.66mhz
2gb, 500gb, ATI X1900XT, DVD-DL drive, on-board optical out sound and FireWire 800, Apple Keyboard & MightyMouse, AirPort Extreme card, 30" CinemaDisplay
-and-
Parallels and Win XP Home from newegg $251.36
=5648.36
--or--
Falcon Northwest Mach V $6,279.73
ONE Core2 2.66mhz, Intel CrossFire mobo
2gb, 500gb, ATI X1900XTX, DVD-DL drive, X-Fi Fatal1ity sound, SIIG Firewire 800, MS keyboard and Logitech MX-518 mouse, D-Link 802.11G pci card, 30" CinemaDisplay

Isn't wishing wonderful.

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(NT) (NT) yes it is. now wish me up a mac pro :P
by udayan71 / August 15, 2006 12:15 AM PDT
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Of course you can hook up 3 monitors...
by Ravensblood / August 15, 2006 1:08 AM PDT

Assuming you have the graphics cards to support them. for example, you would only need 2 cards to have a 30" and 2x 23" or 3x 23".

You can't use a PCIe card for Windows machine in a Mac Pro, unless someone figures out how to flash it properly...but there is a decent selection of cards already for the Mac Pro.

Why wouldn't you install Windows yourself?

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but mac gpu's can run windows???
by robstak / August 15, 2006 2:00 AM PDT

this is a question ive had for some time. If you run bootcamp does that mean ALL mac hardware is compatible? If so how? Boot camp IS NOT emulation, but something's gotta happen so the hardware works right?

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but one thing
by firestarter / August 15, 2006 2:24 AM PDT

when people think of gaming machines they really dont think of a mac.

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No, it isn't
by Wilf_Brim / August 15, 2006 3:09 AM PDT

The MacPro is exactly what the name implies: a machine for serious graphics professionals. Unfortunately, the Xenon processor is not exceptional at gaming. Also, onboard sound is not ideal for gaming (but is more than adequate for Photoshop and CAD programs).

As regards Quadro cards, you don't want to game on them. They are not designed for gaming, but rather for 3D rendering and design work. They don't work well for games, and are ungodly expensive (because folks doing the kind of work they are supposed to support wouldn't bat an eyelash at paying $1500 for a video card.

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