7300 GT and Mac Pro 2010 ?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Toumak, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. Toumak macrumors member


    Jul 26, 2010
    Hi all !

    Just a little question : does the Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT works in a 2010 Mac Pro ?

    I have a Quadro FX 4500 that doesn't work in the 2010 Mac Pro, so I'm wondering before buying one.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. MacinJosh macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2006
    I can't say if it'll work or not (I see no reason why it wouldn't) but unless you get it for free or for peanuts, I'd stay away from that card. It's not OpenCL compatible even.

    Look for 8800GT and up or 48** and up.
  3. Toumak thread starter macrumors member


    Jul 26, 2010
    I know that.
    But the thing is, I had a 5870 I no longer have.
    I recieved a 570 GTX that is currently not working under OS X.
    And I thought buying a cheaper NVidia card that works under OS X,
    as I am going to use the 570 under Windows for gaming.

    So, I've seen the GT 120 is working, but it can no longer be purchased, and on eBay it's way over priced !

    I've seen a couple 7300 GT really affordable and was wondering if it would work in my 2010 Mac Pro.

    if anyone had it to work (or not) with a 2010 Mac Pro, thanks for telling me ;)
  4. AlexMaximus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2006
    A400M Base
    more options

    The Nvidia 7300GT is a very weak card, and I would not go for one in your case. See if you can find a used ATI 3870 card. This one might be slightly more, but it would be a way better card. Another option would be the original ATI 2600 - weaker then the 3870 but less money and still better then the 7300GT
  5. Toumak thread starter macrumors member


    Jul 26, 2010
    Thanks for your answers, but I need a weak card, as I don't have any extra free PCIE power connector (the 570 needs two of those).
    So the 3870 is not an option.

    I prefer to go with an Nvidia card, to avoid mixing different manufacturers.

    So, if nobody can tell me the 7300GT works in my mac pro 2010 (which was my only question), I will have to go for a GT120...
  6. flatfoot macrumors 65816

    Aug 11, 2009
    The drivers for the 7300GT are in the OS, the PCIe slots are backwards-compatible.

    There is no reason why the 7300GT shouldn't work.
  7. Cindori macrumors 68040


    Jan 17, 2008
    might not work since 7300gt probably is 32bit efi.

    just as the 8800gt 32-bit efi version doesnt work in 64-bit macpro's.
  8. seek3r macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2010
    I can verify that the 7300gt will not work in a 2008 model, because of EFI issues (I tested one when I wanted more screens a bit back, and again when my 8800s died), so I see no reason why it *would* work in a newer model

    Best price/perf weak (non flashed) card you could pick up would be a GT120
  9. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    The 7300GT won't work in 2008 and newer Mac Pros because of the 32/64 bit EFI changes. There were even 2 different versions of the 8800 card for Mac Pros, and they're not interchangeable.
  10. Toumak thread starter macrumors member


    Jul 26, 2010
    Ok, thanks for your answers.
    I'll then have to buy a GT120.

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