Best Mac Pro Vid Card Under $100?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by paulrbeers, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    I'm going to Leave my Geforce 7300 GT in my Mac Pro 1,1 and I was planning on going with a HD 6870, but then I started to realize I really don't care much about gaming on my rig but rather just looking for a GPU to to push two (maybe even 3) displays. I know just about any GPU anymore can do that, but I'd rather get one that can do it well and do some gaming (Eventually I will pick up Diablo 3, but even then the graphics doesn't need to be set to high).

    Like I said, previously I had planned to pick up a 6870, but that might be a bit over kill, so what else is there?

    What I want it to do:
    1. Run a game on one screen.
    2. Second Screen run OSX for iTunes, Web application development/web browser/Sequel Pro/etc.
    3. Run my Virtual Machines on the third display via VMWare- This could be run on the 7300 GT if need be, but I would rather the 7300 only be used when I need to access boot screens.
  2. VanneDC macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2010
    Dubai, UAE
    For a hundred bucks?? Not much...
    Maybe a second hand 5770 or a 8800gt
  3. akadmon Suspended

    Aug 30, 2006
    New England
    100 this or that way - it's not worth sweating about! Get Apple's version of Radeon of 5870, or if you're comfortable tinkering, get a 68XX PC card and flash it.
  4. slughead macrumors 68040


    Apr 28, 2004
    pretty much everything is going to be > $150. I'd recommend against a 7600GT since drivers aren't included in Mountain Lion. The Radeon 2600 is better but had driver issues. The Radeon X1900 and NVidia 8800GT are prone to failure.

    If you have an older MP, I'd recommend a 5770. The Radeon 6870 can be flashed to work with newer Mac pros, but for older ones you wont get a boot screen (which I think is essential) nor can you use DVD player.
  5. paulrbeers thread starter macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Alright, I'll stay the course with the 6870. Boot screens are not important to me because I am leaving the 7300GT in my Mac Pro for that purpose.

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