Aug 12 2008
I know that I’m a nutcase, you don’t need to tell me. Didn’t I once say that the main reason why I bought the Xbox 360 was not to have to upgrade my PC/Mac again only to play computer games? Well, here I am, the living contradiction: My new nVidia 8800 GT graphics card arrived today, and she’s a real beast!
To make it short: Crysis and STALKER run at playable framerates at 1920×1200 with high detail settings on my Quad Xeon Mac Pro on Vista Ultimate Edition 32 Bit. It’s quite amazing how well these games look and how detailed their game worlds are. Still, I already know that my Mac Pro is maxed out with these games, and that probably later in the game, when more enemies arrive, I’ll have to reduce the resolution to get better performance. To be honest, I wouldn’t have expected Crysis to run at all at 1920×1200 – I am really surprised that it does, and I am even more surprised that it is really playable.
The other problem that I have now: What do I do with my third display? Vista’s Direct X 10 drivers already crashed on my while I still had the old 7300 GT cards in my computer. Only after removing them Crysis stopped crashing.
Furthermore, Aperture still showed the erratic display behavior when it’s running on a system with more than one graphics card.
So I think it might be better for my peace of mind to just leave it at having only one graphics card in my system, namely the new 8800 GT. But do I use her with my two 20″ Cinema Displays or with the 24″ HP TFT and one 20″ Cinema Display? Tough call. Although I originally had bought the HP display only for my Xbox, I have grown quite attached to it in the meantime.
I guess I have to sleep over it.