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ICY DOCK EZConvert MB882SP-1S-2B 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: It works and fits perfectly in a 2008 Mac Pro.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: While it's not a con, I wish it were made of aluminum or another metal to match the archaic HDDs I still have as well as the aluminum chassis.

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SAPPHIRE 100352MAC Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready Video Card MAC Edition
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Amazing specs compared to the 5770.

Just as quiet as the 5770 when idle.

In a 2008 Mac Pro, Unigine and OpenGL benchmarks put OS X graphics performance at over 2x as fast as my outgoing 5770.

Under Windows 8, Resident Evil 5+6, Unigine,and 3DMark benchmarks put DX9 performance at 2x-3x better, DX10 is 1.5x-2x better, and DX11 is 2.6x better.

Real world testing with programs that use OpenGL, OpenCL, DirectX, DirectCompute all show noticeable improvements.

Games such as SimCity, WoW, and Diablo 3 show the most dramatic improvements while programs like Aperture, FCP X, Motion, Premiere Pro, and Photoshop CS6 show more modest, if barely noticeable (a few seconds or FPS), gains.

Cons: Expensive

It does get a bit louder than idle, but not much louder than my outgoing 5770.

It's limited to PCIe 2.0 until Apple can release a Mac Pro with updated PCIe slots.

Other Thoughts: This card has brought new life to my aged Mac Pro. $479 is a bit steep for a card that's no better than a reference model, but well worth it in extending the usefulness out of my Mac.

Sure improvements vary from program to program, but overall still a worthwhile improvement for me.

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Anthony R.'s Profile

Display Name: Anthony R.

Date Joined: 07/26/06

  • Reviews: 2
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  • First Review: 04/10/13
  • Last Review: 04/10/13
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