5870 for MP 3,1 ?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by FilthyMcNasty, Dec 27, 2015.

  1. FilthyMcNasty macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2014
    On a tight budget.. is the 5870 still worth considering for MP 3,1 ?

    I can order one £38 from this place but it's probably not going to be the original brand pictured :


    Other cards I'm looking at are. .. GTX 570, 6950, 6870, 750Ti... I'm running Yosemite...

    Also can anyone please confirm this is the right cable I need ?


    I have a cable from my dead 8800GT presumably it's the same thing..
  2. FilthyMcNasty thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2014
    Bump... Anyone ??

    Apologies for asking.. I expect Mr MacVideoCards would sneer at his monitor at the audacity of a person not searching and finding the infromation for oneself.. :p But Gawd knows.. I've tried.. many hours I've sunk into this, it's so confusing..

    I find the naming conventions of graphic cards adds to the problem.. !

    I asked at an :apple: store what replacement they could source.. the guy reeled off a quaddro whatever as the only option .. for £2200.. like it was nothing.. !!

  3. Fl0r!an macrumors 6502a

    Aug 14, 2007
    Well, it depends on what you want to do with your Mac...
    The 5870 is a lot faster than than the 8800GT and it can be flashed for boot screens. HD 6870 can be flashed, too, and is equally fast. HD 69xx has crappy OS X drivers.
    Newer cards (HD 7xxx+) will need a system modification, otherwise they'll have very bad performance because of a power management bug in OS X, so I wouldn't recommend them.

    On the Nvidia side, you could get pretty much anything. I wouldn't recommend a Maxwell card in a MP3,1 though, it won't be able to unleash the full power in most use cases. I wouldn't go higher than a GTX 680.
  4. FilthyMcNasty thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2014
    Thank you so much for responding..

    So frustrating trying to get through the minefield.. I feel armed now with some better knowledge.. although I've kinda of gone contrary to some advice in getting a 750ti but such a good deal and so tired of the 2600 I couldn't resist..

    Will post on the appropriate thread...THX

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