Advice on upgrade install for mac pro 2009

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by TVM70, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. TVM70 macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2010
    I'm looks for advice on installing new cards and extra RAM into my 2009 mac pro 4,1 (8 core). Here are the details.

    I'm about to add 32GB [4x 8GB - DDR3 ECC] of RAM. Currently have 4 of the 8 slots filled with 4x 2GB - DDR3 ECC). So, planning to fill up all 8 slots for a total of 40GB.

    I'm replacing the old gfx card (ATI Radeon HD 4870 512 MB) with two cards, a GTX 570 for processing & a GT 640 for monitoring. I'm also putting a Blackmagic decklink mini monitor in as well.

    So I'm chasing any handy advice on how I should approach all this. Can it be done in one fell swoop? Or should the RAM go in followed by the cards?

    Tim Mummery
  2. RCZ macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2014
    I believe the 8GB and 2GB RAM modules don't like each other. hence they will not work.. only put in 16Gb or 8GB or 1-4GB modules..

    for the graphics cards, perhaps look at the new Sapphire HD7590 Mac version.. that one can drive up to 4 displays from a single card.. think that would be a better option (cost/performance wise)

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