Best Graphics card for Photoshop (Mac Pro 5.1)

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  1. Mecio macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    I got a mac pro thats been upgraded from a 4.1 to 5.1 with a stock Nvidia GT 120.

    I'm looking to upgrade the graphics card and it will be mainly used for Photoshop so don't need a beast for 3d rendering or video. However, I can imagine the graphics card will be used more and more with Photoshop CC updates so looking for something to last for the next few years.

    What would be your recommendations?

    Many thanks
     
  2. VAGDesign macrumors 6502

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    I would recommend AMD HD 7950/7970 or R9 280x/290x, I'm not experienced with nVidia to recommend any.
     
  3. Mecio thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks VAGDesign.

    Are they both easy to install without adding additional power cables etc?
     
  4. VAGDesign macrumors 6502

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    I own a 7950 and requires only 2x6pin PCIe power cables. No extra power or another internal PSU.
     
  5. Mecio thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Does anyone else have any other recommendations?

    Thanks
     
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    The HD 7970 works well for me. Mine came from macvidcards so it runs on internal MP power only (2x 6 pin connectors) and has boot screens on all ports.
     
  8. JaguarGod macrumors 6502

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    Well, I'm running a 2009 4,1 to 5,1 and have been using a GTX970 and loving it. The one I bought uses only the 2X6 pins for power and runs great. No boot screen though, but worth it for me. Specs in sig.
     
  9. lewnworxx macrumors member

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    I'd second the 970. Massive bang for the buck.
     
  10. Mecio thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!

    How about the AMD ATI R9-280X 3GB?
     
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