1st Gen Mac Pro Video Card Help?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by skinsfreak88, Nov 1, 2009.

  1. skinsfreak88 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,
    so i have a 2007 quad core 2.66 Ghz Mac Pro. It came standard with the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT. I do alot of work in Final Cut Studio and Photoshop so i want to upgrade the video card. I went to the apple store to ask if i could use a 3rd party card, and they said i could but it had to be PCI-X. (i looked at my system config and it says PCIe)

    ive seen that apple sells a couple of cards so i have 2 questions

    1. can i buy and 3rd party cards to replace my current card. (preferably with over 1gb mem)

    2. can i purchase one of the cards through apple, could i install it next to my current one and run each of my dual monitors through one of the cards

    (btw i have 2, 22in dvi displays)

    thanks for the help
     
  2. jdizzle299 macrumors newbie

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    I'm not sure about this, but I don't think that there isn't a 1gb VRAM graphics card for the Mac Pro, but there is an 8800 gt for the 1st gen Mac Pro which has 512 mb of VRAM, and is a little old but a good card. Maybe you could buy two and technically you would have a total of 1 gb of graphics memory. However, this card isn't a huge upgrade from the ATI X1900XT, but two of them will a significant difference.
     
  3. Hellhammer Moderator

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    What I've heard, ATI 4870 and even nVidia GTX 285 works in 2007 Mac Pro. I hope someone can confirm this
     
  4. jdizzle299 macrumors newbie

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    Hmmm... Maybe, but on the retail sites, some list specific incompatibility to the newer cards, and besides that, some other individuals warn others of these cards. skinsfreak88, if you have a friend who has one of the newer cards, then maybe you can convince them to lend you the card for a few minutes to see if it works with your computer.
     

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