I have the 2009 8 core 12 gig ram and the ATI Radeon 4870 I do a lot of photo work and I do play x-plane 9 soon to be 10 should I be getting this new

  • Asked by James F
  • Sep 19, 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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    Definitely.

    The 5870 is about twice as fast as the 4870. 3D games or apps that use 3D will GREATLY benefit from the upgrade. (even with 8 cores, upgrading to the next higher-up CPUs won't give you much of any improvement - based on the apps you asked about.)


    (Oh, the 5770 is on par with the 4870, so don't get that one.)

    • Answered by David C from Stillwater
    • Sep 25, 2010
  • I find x-plane is very smooth with the 5870 but I notice a much better frame rate is achieved when I play it on VISTA via bootcamp.

    • Answered by Sze Chit H from Singapore
    • Dec 21, 2010