8800, PC version versus Mac version

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Nephelim, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. Nephelim macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008
    I have an 8800 card that I bought for my Wintel box a couple years ago now. In the interim, I've gotten a Macbook and have totally fallen for OSX. As a result, as my Wintel box gets more and more crusty, I've been mulling over replacing it with a Mac Pro (or, preferably, the midrange mac minitower of myth, the i-Chupacabra).

    Assuming that I did get a Mac Pro, would I be able to cannibalize the 8800 that I have in my Wintel box and use it in the Pro, thus possibly avoiding the outrageous markup found in buying hardware upgrades from Apple? I am concerned that perhaps the 8800 GT offered as an upgrade is somehow physically different than the one that you can buy for the PC...
  2. grue macrumors 65816

    Nov 14, 2003
    It depends. If you have a 128k EEPROM, it "should" be flashable to a Mac version. You'd have to check with nvflash.
  3. Nephelim thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2008
    so then the difference is the Firmware. Cool, thanks.
  4. nanofrog macrumors G4

    May 6, 2008
    There are a few threads on this. IIRC, the ROM files are available there, so if your card does have a large enough ROM on the board, just download and update. ;) :D

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