Largest graphics card possible

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by thewhoosh, Aug 23, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2013
    Hi guys, I have a 2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon with aNVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB

    Is this the latest I can put in this machine, I am doing video editing and 3D design

    I look forward to any info available :D
  2. macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2009
    For 3D and video work you can get the Nvidia 570GTX, 580GTX or 680GTX
  3. macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    ATI 5770*, 5870*
    AMD 6870, 6970, 7950*, 7970
    GTX 560, 570, 580, 650, 660ti, 670, 680*, 770.
    Apple versions with boot screen can be bought with asterisk models.
    I probably missed a few and didn't include the dual GPU cards. Point is, there is a bunch if you plan on running 10.8.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Nov 23, 2012
    ^^^^All the cards mentioned above can be bought on eBay with flashed with an Apple EFI. one of our site vendors MacVidCards is among the sellers on eBay.

  5. macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    Largest Graphics Card Possible ≠ Fastest Graphics Card Possible
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2013

    I will study the ones you have recommended and look for the Mac plug and play ones.
    I am on OS 10.7.5
    would I be better updating this?
  7. macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    Hi machine sounds like it could be a 1,1 or 2,1 series which may limit the cards and OS upgrades??
  8. macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, UK
    Good point.

    Thewhoosh - can you tell us the year model of your Mac Pro please. Check Apple - About this Mac - More Info - System Report and tell us just what it says next to Model Identifier.

    It will have something like MacPro3,1 or similar. We don't need any other info from that page.
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2013
    My Machine

    Mac Pro
    Early 2008
    Processor 2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel XeonMemory 26 GB 667 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM
    Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512 MB
    Serial Number CK83600931E
    Software Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5 (11G63b)
  10. Macsonic, Aug 24, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2013

    macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2009
    That's good. The cards mentioned in this thread will work on your 2008 Mac Pro. You'll just have to take note of the minimum system requirements on OSX on the corresponding card. Better to upgrade to Mountain Lion 10.8.4
  11. macrumors 68030


    Nov 23, 2012
    The drivers in OS10.7.5 (Lion) are not the latest drivers to support newer cards. I would update to OS10.8.4 (ML) if I were to update to a newer card. IMO, your graphics card selection is somewhat limited if you choose to stay with Lion. Probably just the ATI HD5770, HD5870 or a flashed HD6870.
  12. macrumors 601


    Jan 9, 2008
    Yeah, but extremely expensive! I paid $90 for a card he sells for over $400 just as one example. I got a fairly good deal as they typically sell for $125 to $150 but that's still a far cry from $400+. The good news is that he seems to be looking into that and states that he's planning to sell card mods as a service - you buy the card from whoever and he'll mod it for you for a fee. So that sounds better money-wise. People with a high ethical awareness should also realize that these mods essentially boil down to intellectual property theft tho - so if that's important to you then be advised - it's basically the same thing as buying stolen property. :eek:

    Also there are a few start-up utilities which alleviate most of the startup (boot screen) woes - if indeed you notice any. I'm running an unmodified PC card with no boot-screens and haven't had any issues. I can still boot to other volumes and stuff without any trouble. I still keep the 8800 GT and the 7300 GT laying around just in case tho. I'm running 10.7.5 BTW, and all is well with all of the cards I've tried from the list being quoted. Going to 10.8.x is probably a good idea anyway tho. It's nearing the end cycle and that when I usually upgrade. The 10.9.x cycle is about to start pretty soon now if I'm not mistaken.
  13. macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    ^^^ I echo that. If ANYONE is on 10.7.x do yourself a favor and upgrade. Lion, to me, was frustrating as hell. Bad choices all around.
  14. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2013

    Just upgraded to mountain lion :D
  15. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2013
    should this work?

    Nvidia Quadro FX 4800 for Mac Pro 1.8GB Dual DVI Flashed 4000 CUDA OpenCL Apple
  16. macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2005
    British Columbia
    I'd buy from Newegg or Fry's and cut out the middle man by flashing it yourself, it's not complicated.:cool:
  17. macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2009
    It will, but it's nothing special preformance-wise. Check sticky thread (Frequently Asked Questions...) and choose one for yourself, depending on OS you're running. If you can live without bootscreen.
    GTX570 would be best bet (requires 10.7.5 or 10.8 to run OOTB). Especially with its today's prices (ca. $150).
  18. macrumors 603

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hollywood, CA
    Ask wittjack if the card will look like the picture or if it will be in fact this one:

    I think you will find it to be the item I linked instead of the one pictured.

    The card was developed for the Mac by myself and another party.

    It is SIGNIFICANTLY slower than a GTX285 with 1GB. (Has 192 cores vs 240 in a GTX285)

    The party selling it has no knowledge of how card works, he's a "copy & paste" flasher.

    I have a few lying around I meant to get rid of, I'll toss one in and give you an idea how it performs.
  19. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2013
    Thank you

    I would appreciate that :D
  20. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2013
    New Card

    I have just received a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 1280 MB and my second monitor is Purple, but my main monitor is fine.
    I swopped cables over to see if the main monitor had the same problem, this time both monitors were fine, I put the monitors back and the 19" LCD was purple again,

    Any ideas :(

  21. macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2010
    Need more detail

    What are the card ports, cables, and monitor ports used for each monitor.
  22. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 23, 2013
    I have a samsung synmaster T240 which is working ok
    The Philips 170N is purple cast
    If I swop over they both work correctly the smaller one is used for program tools bars or previews wit certain programs

    I just tried a TV/monitor and that was the same on the second port

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