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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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Pros: The specs look great on paper. Maybe it is a great gaming card. I am not a gamer.

Cons: PCie 3.0, until Apple decides to upgrade the Mac Pro Line we are still stuck with PCIe 2.0. It probably affects the performance of the card.
Expensive.
Not that much faster than a 3 year old ATi 5770 on a Mac Pro 5,1

Other Thoughts: I got the card yesterday... The drivers are already included on Mac OS X 10.8.3.
I am not a gamer or do much video.
I am a Pro Photographer and use Photoshop CS6 and Aperture 3.
My Mac Pro has the fastest SSD in the market, the 1TB OWC accelsior and 32GB of RAM hooked up to 2 27" Apple LED Cinema Displays, one rotated at 90-degrees.
I had some flickering and stuttering on the vertical display with my old Radeon 5770. It is faster on the 7950 but it still struggles.
I don't know if the problem is the "Old" 2010 5,1 Mac Pro with PCIe 2.0 vs the card's PCIe 3.0 but until Apple decides to upgrade the Mac Pro Line, $500 for a little faster video card doesn't work for me.
I ran some Xbench and Geebench tests and the numbers are almost identical. Even some video tests are actually faster on the 3 year old 5770 with just 1GB.
I hope NewEgg doesn't charge me the 15% restocking fee..

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Display Name: Patrick P.

Date Joined: 03/26/13

  • Reviews: 1
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  • First Review: 03/28/13
  • Last Review: 03/28/13
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