2010 Mac Pro graphics card

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by bmorris, Apr 10, 2011.

  1. bmorris macrumors 6502


    Nov 8, 2007
    I have the 2010 quad core Mac Pro.
    Are the ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 5780 the only ATI models that work with the Mac Pro?
    I can't seem to find much info anywhere.
    I'd like to get a better one.
  2. emiljan macrumors 6502


    Jan 25, 2010
    Those are the latest ATI video cards that will work with the Mac Pro. Nvidia has an Geforce 285 GTX but i'm not sure that's much of an improvement from the ati cards.
  3. Garamond macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2004
    Since they got this working for a 2009 Mac Pro, it should work in yours as well. Although the improvement from a 5870 to a 6870 is minimal to say the least.
  4. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    5870 is pretty much as good as you can get for an official Apple card, except for some very spendy specialized stuff.

    It's hard to recommend without knowing what you mean by better. Do you need CUDA? Lots of video out ports? What software do you intend to use?
  5. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    It is not an improvement at all. 5870 is, roughly, 45% faster at things not proprietarily coded for Nvidia.

    The only real competitors over 5870 would be in order (more or less) and only on PC or modded Mac.

    ATI 6950 (Almost even, 5870 beats it in DX10, Losses in DX11)
    GTX 480 (Terrible card, for all it's slight edging out, it's noise and heat will make you crazy mad)
    GTX 570
    ATI 6970
    GTX 580
    ATI 5890
    ATI 6990

    I may have forgot one or 2 but really not that many faster. If you can't game on a 5870 you have other problems. I can play everything maxed. The only game I had to go lower on was Metro 2033 in DX11.

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