2006 Mac Pro - Can I use a non-Mac Video card in Windows?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by SACD02, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. SACD02 macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Hello everyone

    Long time mac user here. While I like OSX Snow Leopard recently I have switched to Windows 7 as I find the experience superior to anything Apple currently offers. I do however how a question about using my 2006 Mac Pro in Windows

    My Mac Pro came with a 7300GT which is barely adequate for anything nowadays. I was wondering is it possible to use a passively cooled ATI Radeon 5450 (DX11 that supports all the high definition video codecs) in my Mac Pro alongside 7300GT? I know it wont be possible to use it while in OSX, but can I run both in my system so when I boot into Windows 7 (majority of the time) I can use the 5450 instead?

    Thank you all in advance
  2. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    Sure. You could also find and flash a PC 4870 or 4890 and have a good card to use under both OSes. Up to you, though.

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