ATI Radeon 4870 flashing help

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by nhood01, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. nhood01 macrumors member

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    I'm running a 2x 2.66 intel core duo 1,1 Mac Pro from 2007. My current video card is a Nvidia 7300 GT. I want to upgrade to a better card for gaming in windows xp boot camp and Adobe products. The available upgrades i've seen are:

    Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT 1st gen mac pro graphics upgrade kit for $250
    ATI Radeon 4870 HD from apple for $350

    ... or i can spend half as much for a better PC card that ill have to flash. This option sounds very enticing, but risky and i know next to nothing about flashing. From what i've read, flashing a PC ATI Radeon 4870 is one of the safest ones to go with. All i can really do is follow a guide and hope everything turns out alright.

    The most promising guides i came across are:

    http://web.me.com/jacobcroft/4870Flash/4870Flash.html

    http://boeglin.org/blog/
    (scroll down to "How to flash a PC 4870 for a Mac Pro, using only Mac OS X")

    The second one in that list is more along the lines of something id feel comfortable doing myself, but i would need the exact same card the guy used. Can anyone provide a link to this exact card: Sapphire 4870 with 512MB VRAM (early model, based on ATI's reference design)

    Does anyone know of any other reliable 4870 flashing guides? I don't wanna buy the wrong card or destroy my computer.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    I automated the process described in your 2nd link


    and I am currently working on a new version, sporting lots of improvements and features.
     
  3. nhood01 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm a little confused as to which card i need. Which cards have been successful in using the automated process you posted?

    Also, why are there so many versions of the 4870 card. How do they differ from one another?
     
  4. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    ati makes the cards, companies lika asus, xfx, sapphire, sell them
    sometimes they modify the cards in clock speed, fan design etc.

    my post clearly states what rom is used and what card it is based on.


    not trying to be rude, but read this thread, or atleast last 10 pages, and come back with questions not answered 100 times already

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=661681&page=81
     
  5. nhood01 thread starter macrumors member

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    sorry, i was just confused. this kind of stuff is very foreign to me. ill read the thread then come back if i am still lost.
     
  6. nhood01 thread starter macrumors member

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    Alright, i finished reading the last 10 pages of the 81 pg thread.

    The flash safe XFX cards appear to be the

    XFX HD-487A-ZHFC
    XFX HD-487A-ZDFC

    and possibly the

    XFX HD-487A-YWFC.

    As for Sapphire... Moop from pg. 75, #1855 appears to have successfully flashed a

    HD4870 512M GDDR5 PCI-E DUAL DVI-I/TVO
    PN 102-B50701-10-AT
    SKU# 21133-00-20R

    with a rom he made himself. Also, Blunderbus of pg. 80, #1999 has done it successfully with a

    Sapphire HD4870 1 GB GDDR5
    PN 100259-1GL
    SKU# 11133-19-20R

    using a ROM made by Rominator. Seeing that your app is based on an XFX rom, i think im leaning towards XFX FHFC/ZDFC. With the ZDFC having the most success stories, i'll be looking for one of those first.

    What do you think?... of the five mentioned, which would you recommend?
     
  7. Caterham macrumors newbie

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    Good luck finding a ZDFC.

    Rare as rocking Horse ****!
     
  8. nhood01 thread starter macrumors member

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  9. tangles macrumors member

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    XFS HD-487A-ZWFX = boo

    XFX HD-487A-ZWFX VA.0 is what's on the sticker on the back of the card.
    (pending PMs)
     
  10. Cindori macrumors 68040

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