How does the ATI Radeon HD 5870 compare to the nvidia GTX 285?

I am wondering if the consensus is - based on PC tests - that for most apps/games the 5870 is a clear upgrade to the now defunct nvidia GTX 285 for mac?

  • Asked by Daniel O from South Pasadena
  • Nov 7, 2010
ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009)

ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009)

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2 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    To put it simply, the ATI 5870 has defeated the GTX 295 in tests.

    • Answered by Tom H
    • Nov 9, 2010
  • I tried to upgrade from the GTX 285 to the 5870. So far I can it only get the dvi port to work, not the display port. I tried 3 monitors; 27" LED, 24" LED (both with display port) and an older 20" (dvi). The dvi works with the 20" or if I use a dvi to display port adapter for the 24". The 27" won't work correctly with the adapter and the resolution won't go up past 1200x800. Not sure if it's a driver or hardware issue yet. I want a clean Mac OS test before I tackle bootcamp with Windows7. Then I will do an A-B comparison with COD Blackops

    • Answered by Robert P from Huntington Beach
    • Jan 5, 2011