ATI Radeon HD 5770 in 2008 Mac Pro

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  1. dimme macrumors 65816

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    Hi
    I have a few question for people who have upgraded to the ATI 5770 form the 8800GT.
    It looks looks the install is pretty straight forward. But what type of performance upgrade can I expect? I use manly Photoshop, Lightroom and X-plane. Are there any hidden got-you's?
     
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    Thanks for the links. I read the reviews and I think it is a good choice but still will like to hear so real world stories.
     
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    I had a noise problem (pci expansion bay fan) with the 5770 in my Mac pro 2009. i didn't have that noise problem with the 5870.
     
  4. supercooled macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry to piggy back your thread OP but I have a quick question regarding PC GPUs. Can you run them with your OEM GPUs without any conflicts? I currently have a 2600XT and would like to keep it in there to run my OSX largely because the idea of flashing a PC GPU scares me. I just want to get a $250 PC card and throw it in the spare slot and leave that to do Windows7 and gaming. I wondered if there would be any conflicts in either OS if I simply threw one in there without modifying the kext (I believe that's what it's called) and have it work out of the box.
     
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    It should work fine. You'll just have to get a KVM switch or unplug & plug in the video cable every time you switch the OS.
     
  6. dimme thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What card are you looking at for $250? That is what the ATI 5770 is going for. I know it my not be state of the are but you can have one card for both OS's
     
  7. supercooled macrumors 6502a

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    Correct me if I'm wrong but I read in another thread which stated that Windows would see both cards but OSX would only see the ''efi'' card which would be my stocked 2600XT. I would be fine with that.

    Could you point me to a list of cards compatible with the Early 2008 MPs? I'm terrible at searching threads.

    Anyway, I have BF2 installing now and it remains to be seen how well it will run but L4D ran pretty abysmal so I expect this to run even worst so a new GPU is going to be necessary.
     
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    My guess would be AMD 6870. At least it's the best GPU for 250$

    Yeah, Windows will see both cards. All PCIe GPUs should be compatible. If you're looking at 250$ price range, then I recommend AMD 6870.
     
  9. supercooled macrumors 6502a

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    Do you mean the Mac version? I don't have a card in mind but a lot of sales are going on this boxing week (Canadian Black Friday) so I can score a pretty good card for that price.

    I haven't played with Windows in a few years and seeing all the incompatibilities of it with my Mac gives me pause which I'm expericning now. I just want a card that will handle games within Win7. I was really close to ordering the 5770 Mac version from OWC last week but decided to wait and see what was on sale this week.
     
  10. dimme thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I just paid $250 (with NAPP discount) for the mac ATI 5770 from Apple.
    BTW Happy Boxing Day
     
  11. supercooled macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the kind words. I didn't buy much this year but if I do decide to pick up a video card it will be an indulgence in a long while.

    I was searching eBay and came across this and wondered what everyone thought would be the best route to take:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/New-nVidia-GTX-...s=63&clkid=5953830259753726093#ht_3219wt_1141

    or

    http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Mac-Pro-ATI...eNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem#ht_2854wt_1141

    GTX 260 vs ATI 5770 both are flashed.
     
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    Do you happen to know what manufacturer of the nVidia card that is in the auction? I'm thinking after shipping and customs it may be worth trying to flash it myself.
     
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    It doesn't say anything about the manufacturer but I would assume it's EVGA because the GTX 285 was from EVGA. No idea about the flashing though
     
  15. supercooled macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a layman when it comes to most things related to the GPU race. I was wondering what the highest PC card that's flashable currently available on the market is right now. You mentioned the 6870 from AMD/ATI but going by the numerical designation is misleading I've learned.
     
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    AMD 6xxx are not flashable at the moment, maybe in the future they will be.

    http://netkas.org/?p=581

    ATI 5870 seems to be the best GPU that can be flashed. There is hope that nVidia GTX 480 can be flashed since Apple is/was selling the Quadro 4000.
     
  17. supercooled macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for all your help, Hammer! I think the GTX 260 will suit me just fine.
     

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