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10.6.3 Graphics update?

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Samsara Level 4 Level 4 (1,320 points)
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Apr 22, 2010 6:40 PM
Hi,

I'm fortunate to have the 4870 and the 285 graphic cards. The 285 was a disappointment for a long time, I didn't think it outperformed the 4870 overall and was upset by that. Now since the 10.6.3 update, I think the 285's performance has risen. Not by a lot, but some. I didn't notice a performance increase for the 4870, but it may be there as well.

I was just wondering if anyone else with either of these cards has notified a performance increase after updating to 10.6.3.

Thanks
MP 8-core 2.93GHz, 32GB RAM, Rad4870, 3xOCZ120, 3xIntel80, 4xVR300, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 30" HD Cinema Display, 20" Cinema Display, iPod touch, G5Quad (JIC)
  • Pierre Cross Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Apr 28, 2010 3:58 PM (in response to Samsara)
    Hi!

    I just can say one thing:

    The 4870 in the 10.6.3 is more responsive in every aspect of system interface... more fluid, you know.

    Better Frames in 3D? No

    Better Video Performance? No

    The 10.6.4 seems to have more and more graphic tweaks.

    Regards,
    Pierre
    Mac Pro Quad 2.66GHz 12 Gb 2 Discs 640Gb in RAID0, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 2 Monitors ACER 24"
  • Pierre Cross Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Apr 29, 2010 12:16 AM (in response to Samsara)
    Hi Samsara!

    It's a pleasure talking to you.



    I feel the same, the "meld" is perfect in ATI, that's for sure.

    Au revoir,
    Pierre

    p.s. - the difference from 10.6.2 to 10.6.3 is a lot better but some graphic functions need to be tweaked
    Mac Pro Quad 2.66GHz 12 Gb 2 Discs 640Gb in RAID0, Mac OS X (10.6.2), 2 Monitors ACER 24"
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)
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    Apr 29, 2010 7:34 AM (in response to Pierre Cross)
    Nvidia GPGPU Flash player support.

    Doesn't really seem like something a Mac Pro would need, but then I think 10.6.3 has yet to show how seamless and effortless it can juggle 4 things at once yet, either!

    Flash Player previews support for H.264 video hardware decoding on Mac OS X 10.6.3 -- the most recent release of the Mac OS. Gala allows developers to preview Flash Player with hardware acceleration of H.264 video on supported Mac computers

    offload H.264 video decoding tasks from the CPU to deliver smooth, high quality video with minimal overhead, improving video playback performance, reducing system resource utilization

    http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashplayer10/gala/
    Mac Pro 8800GT 10K VelociRaptor, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Windows 7 i7 3.2GHz GTX 260-216
  • BEIGE Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Apr 29, 2010 10:43 PM (in response to Samsara)
    I didn't see any increase with 10.6.3 and my GTX 285 and I use Maya and Mudbox daily. It performs horribly compared to the 4870 in Maya (and Mudbox):

    http://www.vimeo.com/10325501

    http://www.vimeo.com/10296801
    8-core Nehalem 2.66 | 24GB RAM | 120GB OCZ Vertex SSD, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)
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    Apr 30, 2010 6:07 AM (in response to Samsara)
    Apple + Adobe = ?

    Did you use the uninstaller first? that is a must.
    Mac Pro 8800GT 10K VelociRaptor, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Windows 7 i7 3.2GHz GTX 260-216
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)
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    May 1, 2010 6:39 AM (in response to Samsara)
    I see it on MacUpdate, and in the comments section, USE the uninstaller.

    http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html

    http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/flashplayer101_rc2_uninstall_mac041910.dmg

    http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/flashplayer10gala_p1042810.dmg

    With 2.93 x 8, you don't have to worry about off loading from cpu to gpu, and you are running with GTX as it isn't supported with ATI. OpenCL is being ported and ATI will eventually do more with GPGPU/CUDA.
    Mac Pro 8800GT 10K VelociRaptor, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Windows 7 i7 3.2GHz GTX 260-216
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)
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    May 1, 2010 7:57 AM (in response to Samsara)
    Mac OS X 10.6.3, which became available on March 29, 2010, is the first Mac OS X release to expose APIs that support H.264 hardware video decoding in the browser.


    *2009 Mac Pro owner running GTX-285 and ATI 4870 Cards* (via Aux power Y adapters)
    Just chiming in that I've got the dual high-power graphics cards running without a hitch. It's rendering with the GTX 285 and CUDA now while I use the computer with the Radeon 4870 http://www.xlr8yourmac.com/


    OpenCL http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenCL
    provides parallel computing using task-based and data-based parallelism. Its architecture shares a range of computational interfaces with two competitors, NVidia's Compute Unified Device Architecture and Microsoft's DirectCompute.

    OpenCL gives any application access to the Graphical Processing Unit for non-graphical computing. The GPU had previously been available for graphical applications only. The GPU memory would be available to the operating system and or applications essentially as faster system memory than the main system memory.


    All the buzz lately about Flash and iPhone, Adobe vs Apple, and even Microsoft with support.
    http://www.dailytech.com/MicrosoftTeams+Up+With+Apple+Dissing+Adobe+and+PraisingHTML5/article18276.htm
    =======
    HTML5 will support playback of H.264 video only, "H.264 is an industry standard, with broad and strong hardware support." H.264 isn't accepted by the open source community because it is encumbered by patents. That's why Mozilla doesn't support H.264 in Firefox. Use of the H.264 video codec requires a license from the MPEG LA, a group that manages pools of patents on behalf of participating companies.

    Microsoft is one of many licensors of patents managed by MPEG LA and as such shares in the licensing royalties collected from H.264 video licensees. Apple, another supporter of H.264, is also an MPEG LA licensor.
    http://www.informationweek.com/news/
    Mac Pro 8800GT 10K VelociRaptor, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Windows 7 i7 3.2GHz GTX 260-216
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