AMD releases first Mac-bound Radeon HD 3870

— 12:43 PM on June 13, 2008

A quick look at graphics card options for the Mac Pro tells us Apple doesn't care much for AMD's latest products: customers can choose between Nvidia's GeForce 8800 GT, Nvidia's Quadro FX 5600, and... AMD's old Radeon HD 2600 XT. Not one to give up, AMD has decided to bless Apple with a Mac version of its seven-month-old Radeon HD 3870.

According to AMD, the Radeon HD 3870 Mac & PC Edition "can help drive productivity with built-in 256-bit 512MB GDDR4 frame buffer memory and 320 stream processors." AMD also plays up the card's two dual-link DVI ports, which can be hooked up to a pair of 30" Apple Cinema HD displays. If you thought AMD would price the card competitively with the PC version, which is hovering close to $150 right now, think again. The 3870 Mac & PC Edition is coming out this month at $219—exactly what the original Radeon HD 3870 cost when it launched in November 2007.

The 3870 Mac & PC Edition could still be an interesting upgrade for folks with older Mac Pros seeking to play recent 3D games. Those shopping for a Mac Pro now may want to think twice, however: the GeForce 8800 GT 512MB is a $150 upgrade from the base configuration, and it's generally faster than the 3870 out of the box.

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