Best graphics card for 2ghz MacPro1,1

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by WAM2, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. WAM2 macrumors 6502a

    WAM2

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    I am thinking on getting a quad 2ghz Mac pro 1st gen for $500, what would be the best graphics card for it? I don't wanna mess around with flashing a card.. The 5770 and 5870 says it only works in the 2009 and 2010. Is this true? Anyway what's the best? Thanks.. I will be using it for gaming and video editing.
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Fairly certain either of the 5xxx series offered by apple will work. if you search around, I'm sure there are a few threads about it on here.
     
  3. lewdvig macrumors 65816

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    yup as previous poster says, the 5770 and 5870 will both work

    big step up from the 7300 GT

    great machine for $500 - lots of cool upgrades you can perform on it
     
  4. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020

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    The 5770 is the best all-around value drop-in card for a 1,1.

    The 5870 is also compatible, but it bottlenecks in a 1,1 due to the slower Rev 1 PCIe slot. Because of this, it's only slightly faster than a 5770 is in a 1,1 in MOST things. Barefeats has some info on this.
     
  5. WAM2 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Alright that's great news. I can't wait to upgrade it from the 7300. I was thinking about getting a flashed 4890, but the 5770 is the same performance and has dx11.
     
  6. AngryRedTicTac macrumors regular

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    The 5770 is definitely the way to go if you just want it to work. Just make sure you're running current Snow Leopard or Lion, and have a MDP to DVI if you need a second DVI monitor.
     

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