Seen a lot of 4870 vs GT 120, but is anyone currently running both an ATI 4870 and a Nvidia GT 120 in a 2009 Mac Pro?
Unfortunately, Vista doesn't work well if the cards are from different vendors.
I would like to run the 4870 and GT 120 as well. An Apple tech told me I need the RAID card and FIBRE Channel Card to make this work. Is that true?? seems odd to me from what I'm reading on these forums, or does everyone with this setup indeed have all those cards installed.
The 4870 would be running a 24" LED ACD from the mini display port and a 23" ACD from the DVI port. The GT 120 would be running an older Viewsonic 19" LCD from the DVI port via a DVI to VGA adapter... Will this all work?
I also plan to run Windows XP through Fusion or Parellels, will the two cards mess this up?
Thanks in advance, this will be my first MAC Pro and I'm very excited about it!
I'm pretty sure you don't need either a RAID card or FIBRE Channel Card. RAID card deals with hard drives and FIBRE card deals with ethernet, neither of which are graphics related. Someone correct me if i'm wrong.
I can't see how those cards are related to graphics either. Are you sure the Apple tech is an Apple tech and not a sales rep. Some Apple sales reps, especially at the online store have no idea what they're talkin' about. Or else he was discussing some other requirement you have.
Yeah, I was told the exact same thing from some of the sales support tech people at Apple when I called them prior to buying the 2009 Pro. I was asking if it's possible to run 2 4870's in the 2009 Pro and was told I'd need the FC+RAID cards to do it...
I just laughed at them and hung up. MORONS.
I don't *think* you can run 2 4870s simply because they are double height cards. In the MacPro there is space available for one of them, but I don't think you can physically put a second one unless you cut it to fit, but I could be wrong, I've just never tried it.
1 4870 and 1 GT120 works fine. 1 4780 and 2 GT120s seem to have a heat problem, at least in Florida in the Summer. I am currently running 1 4870 and 1 GT120 connected to 3 monitors and it works great.