1st Generation Mac Pro Graphics

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by htdefiant, May 2, 2009.

  1. htdefiant macrumors member

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    Given the latest releases, none of which are compatible with the 1st Generation Mac Pro, is it time for me to settle for the 8800?
     
  2. adamvk macrumors 65816

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    The 8800 really still is a great video card. I'd go with it. I have one in my windows PC and it works great.
     
  3. grue macrumors 65816

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    4870 works in all Mac Pros apparently… GTX 285 could as well, even if not "officially". No harm in waiting to see.
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The 4870 should be an option once 10.5.7 is out.
     
  5. JesterJJZ macrumors 68020

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    This is what I have:

    Model Name: Mac Pro
    Model Identifier: MacPro1,1
    Processor Name: Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 2
    Total Number Of Cores: 4
    L2 Cache (per processor): 4 MB
    Memory: 16 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.33 GHz

    NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT w/256MB

    My Pro Apps run kinda crappy on my graphics card.

    The new ATI card will work in my machine? I know ATI is better for ProApps.
     
  6. nater. macrumors member

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    Does this mean older mac pros can use the new LED Apple displays? I have a 1st gen mac pro and would love to upgrade to one of those new LED displays.
     
  7. FRKT macrumors member

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    With a graphics card that features a Mini DisplayPort, this seems likely.
     
  8. nater. macrumors member

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    When 10.5.7 comes out, could I purchase a GeForce GT 120 or Radeon 4870... put it in my 1st gen Mac pro and be able to actually use that card?
     
  9. TheSpaz macrumors 604

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    Is there any confirmation that the 4870 works in the first generation Mac Pro?
     
  10. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    barefeats says they have used it with drivers extracted from the boot disk of the new mac pro.
     
  11. MacVidCards Suspended

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    YES YES YES YES YES YES

    I have used both OEM & flashed 4870s in my 1,1.

    Works great. Quit worrying and order one !!!!!
     
  12. teohyc macrumors regular

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    If I were to choose, I would go with the 8800GT. It's a very decent card. Reviews are great also.
     
  13. Tesselator macrumors 601

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  14. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Nice to know. I'd love to have a (mini)DisplayPort on my 2006 Mac Pro.
    Its too bad the new LED Apple 24" Cinema has such a short display cable. My Mac is too far away I think for me to use it; I've already got the cable on my DVI Cinema Display stretched as far as it'll go and it just barely makes it. I think the new display has a shorter cable and moving the Mac itself is less of an option.
     

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