7xxx GPU on Mac Pro 3.1 2008?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by kudukudu, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. kudukudu macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    Time to swap up my trusty old 8800GT on My 3.1 Mac Pro 2008. I know other folks have had problems with the 8800GT, but mine has never caused me any grief.

    I want to upgrade and would prefer to go with an apple certified card. I don't mind shelling out $400, but I hate the idea of spending my money on a 5870 with the 7xxx around the corner.

    My understanding is that a PCI-E 3.0 card like the 7xxx series should be fully backward compatible with PCI-E 2.0 x16 lanes that I have on my mac pro.

    My machine has an SDD for boot and 10 GB RAM and the only thing I find slow out in right now aside from the video card under certain circumstances are my 7200 rpm data drives. Unless something breaks, I wouldn't be surprised if I get another 5 years out of this machine with a few more SDD investment and a new GPU.
  2. Einz macrumors regular


    Feb 14, 2008
    Why not go with nvida? People are having success with them including myself in my 3.1
  3. BigJohno macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2007
    San Francisco
    I love my 670 but I have a 5,1 machine. Have not had an issue with it since dec when I got it.

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