Tuesday, June 9th 2009

EVGA Releases GeForce GTX 285 Mac Edition

EVGA quietly slipped in the GeForce GTX 285 Mac Edition graphics card, which is its fastest offering to Mac users. The card uses a standard PCI-Express interface available with Intel x86 based Mac Pro workstations, and provides all the features of NVIDIA's fastest GPU. It is technically identical to its base-model PC counterpart, using a reference design for the PCB and cooler, reference clock speeds of 648/1476/2484 MHz (core/shader/memory), and 1 GB of GDDR3 memory across a 512-bit interface. It bundles the necessary power dongles, and packs system software for Mac. Two dual-link DVI connectors support two Apple Cinema displays with resolutions of 2560 x 1600 each. The OpenGL 3.0 acceleration backs the advanced drawing features of Adobe CS4 applications. EVGA is pricing this at US $449.99, a notch higher than the GTX 285 2 GB FTW accelerator for PC.
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32 Comments on EVGA Releases GeForce GTX 285 Mac Edition

#1
Richieb0y
it looks nice but all eVGA cards are great looking
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#2
alexp999
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So its a bog standard GTX 285, with a different box and driver disk, so they can charge more for it :shadedshu
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#3
ITman
by: alexp999
So its a bog standard GTX 285, with a different box and driver disk, so they can charge more for it :shadedshu
It has a different bios chip that enables Macs to recognize the card. Macs don't just work with any off-the-shelf hardware. :laugh:
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#4
alexp999
Staff
I doubt its a different chip, more like a different bios.

Probably nothing stopping you buying a normal one and flashing it to a "Mac Edition"
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#5
Weer
by: alexp999
I doubt its a different chip, more like a different bios.

Probably nothing stopping you buying a normal one and flashing it to a "Mac Edition"
Listen, there have got to be penalties for buying a Mac. Otherwise, everyone would be doing it. This is harsh, but it sends a clear message and sets the standard. People will just have to learn.
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#6
Suijin
Certainly a clear indication that MAC users have to pay more for what they get.
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#7
gaximodo
I thought mac's use EFI not the standard BIOS.
and regular bios chips' size is too small for that. But the different chip definitely not worth that much of price difference!:banghead:
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#8
h3llb3nd4
$449.99:eek:
I definitly DON'T want to get a mac desktop!!
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#9
aj28
It costs more for one of two reasons: One, because they make and sell less of them, and/or two, because they're the only company out there selling a Mac-compatible GTX285. Sorry guys, but despite it being a Mac-based product, there's no conspiracy to be found here. And yeah, as alexp pointed out, a BIOS flash is probably all you'd need to get any old GTX285 recognized on a Mac. Kinda like the tape mod on old ATi products, just more elegant ;)
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#10
NeoCrisis
by: alexp999
I doubt its a different chip, more like a different bios.

Probably nothing stopping you buying a normal one and flashing it to a "Mac Edition"
Yeah like your average Mac user knows anything about Flashing video cards
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#12
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
by: NeoCrisis
Yeah like your average Mac user knows anything about Flashing video cards
i do, and i am a average mac user.

you guys are so hard on Apple.
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#13
PCpraiser100
My IT friend is gonna be pissed after realizing his investment in four GT 120s was worthless compared to this!
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#14
Mussels
Moderprator
by: freaksavior
i do, and i am a average mac user.

you guys are so hard on Apple.
you have like, four overclocked PC's. You might be an average mac user, but you arent an average PC user.

90% of mac users have one system, and would have trouble even booting DOS to flash the thing.
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#15
GSG-9
by: freaksavior
i do, and i am a average mac user.

you guys are so hard on Apple.
At least they have good tech support for ipods.

So people are going to start gaming (more) on there macs...at least they will be easy to shoot. Unless they buy aftermarket everything..
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#16
Mussels
Moderprator
by: GSG-9
At least they have good tech support for ipods.

So people are going to start gaming (more) on there macs...at least they will be easy to shoot. Unless they buy aftermarket everything..
the mac users simply dual boot/bootcamp to windows vista to game.

they just have to overpay for hardware that works on both OS's.
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#17
h3llb3nd4
by: GSG-9
At least they have good tech support for ipods.

So people are going to start gaming (more) on there macs...at least they will be easy to shoot. Unless they buy aftermarket everything..
How do you Aim (FPS) with a Mac tho:confused:
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#18
Mussels
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by: h3llb3nd4
How do you Aim (FPS) with a Mac tho:confused:
you just pick the whole thing up and throw it at the enemy.

No seriously... with a mouse?
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#19
h3llb3nd4
by: Mussels
you just pick the whole thing up and throw it at the enemy.

No seriously... with a mouse?
With a one button mouse?
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#20
Mussels
Moderprator
by: h3llb3nd4
With a one button mouse?
they ah, have USB ports ya know. and i havent seen a single button mac in a long time.

You're confusing the old IBM powerPC macs with modern intel based ones.

and btw, you can aim fine with a mouse that has no buttons. if you aim with the button, you're doing it wrong.
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#21
h3llb3nd4

But I only See one:confused: or is it just the styling?
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#22
freaksavior
To infinity ... and beyond!
there is a left and right click just like a pc.

this proves my point so many times, that most of you who "dont like mac" has never actually used one.

And i dont mean you surfed the web on one. i mean really used one.

and yes, i do have 4 oc'd pc's in my house :)
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#23
Mussels
Moderprator
by: h3llb3nd4
http://gregmaletic.files.wordpress.com/2007/04/apple_mighty_mouse.jpg
But I only See one:confused: or is it just the styling?
probably just the style.

did you use the mouse that came with your PC? doubt it. same goes for mac users. if they're buying a GTX 285, i think they'd buy themselves something decent for a mouse. (Logitech has a large Mac product line)
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#24
h3llb3nd4
by: Mussels
probably just the style.

did you use the mouse that came with your PC? doubt it. same goes for mac users. if they're buying a GTX 285, i think they'd buy themselves something decent for a mouse. (Logitech has a large Mac product line)
I have to use the old crappy 800dpi mouse that came with my PC...
My parent's wont let me get a decent mouse:shadedshu
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#25
Mussels
Moderprator
by: h3llb3nd4
I have to use the old crappy 800dpi mouse that came with my PC...
My parent's wont let me get a decent mouse:shadedshu
get a logitech for christmas.
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