Best option video card $100?

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  1. 719c6 macrumors newbie

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    What't the best card for $100 that will run in Mojave and Windows 10?

    And one with boot screen?


    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Alex Sanders74 macrumors regular

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    Don't think you'll find a Mojave compatible Mac GPU for that price.

    Try searching for R9 280X or 7950 cards. A GTX680 would work as well. You can flash PC versions of these cards with a Mac ROM file to enable pre boot configuration... There are Mac Editions of these cards out there as well.
     
  3. jbarley, May 14, 2019
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    jbarley macrumors 68040

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    I'm using this card in 2 machines running Mojave, a 4,1/5,1 and an unsupported 3,1.
    They work really well and yes they supply boot-screens.
    I can't speak to Windows 10, MS Windows is the reason I use a Mac.:p
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Nvidia-GT-...892179?hash=item1ef88b3793:g:tDwAAOSwTmpceEx5
     

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  4. Alex Sanders74 macrumors regular

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    Was the card close to $100? Good solution for sure, but as you said not sure of Windows support either.
     
  5. jbarley macrumors 68040

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    85$, just as shown in the link I supplied.
     
  6. Alex Sanders74 macrumors regular

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    Should have clicked that.... :confused: Good price!
     
  7. Flint Ironstag macrumors 6502a

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    I stopped keeping up with which cards provide boot screen, but RX580 can be found on Craigslist for $100 all day here (Houston).
     
  8. 719c6 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Mac edition or PC version? Or can these be flashed?
     
  9. OVERTASK macrumors 6502

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    Doesn't matter provided OS has relevant drivers, legacy vbios is still supported on polaris, out of the newer cards you're looking at
    AMD RX 470, 480, 570, 580
    Radeon Pro WX 7100, 9100
    AMD Vega 56, 64
    Radeon VII (Should be out of beta now)

    RX 400-500s will be generally under 100$ used, have Mojave drivers and are frequently flashed by gaming community, for different reasons mind you
     
  10. fastlanephil macrumors 65816

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    Mine has shipped. Still having a boot screen sold me on it. I see Macvidcards also has this card in stock for a few dollars more. One in the same?
     
  11. Nabru50 macrumors newbie

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    For those who have barren craigslist in their area, I got my RX480 8GB on eBay for around $110. 4gb versions and RX470 are even cheaper options, but I couldn't find RX580 for $100 at the time. RX480 was good $/performance for me.
     
  12. orph macrumors 68000

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    I picked up a RX 580 pulse 8GB for about £120~ + under £10 for power cables works well.
    the RX 560 is the next best option "apple approved' i assume it will be cheaper?

    you may need to use windows to flash a used card tho

    or a new RX 570 is about £130 in the uk with full warranty
    lol on amazon RX 570 is £125 RX 560 is £130
     
  13. jbarley macrumors 68040

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    When you get the card, check the rom version...
    this is what both of mine report.
    Guess I saved a few $$$ :D

    Screen Shot 2019-05-16 at 10.08.21 AM.png
     
  14. orph macrumors 68000

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    every time i see that it makes me sad apple has created a situation where this happens, AMD RX 560/570/580 are the best budget cards.
     
  15. ActionableMango, May 16, 2019
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    ActionableMango macrumors G3

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    IMHO the best card that meets all of your requirements is the GTX 680. I see several have sold on Ebay for $80-$120. The lower priced ones are unflashed and so you'd have to flash it yourself for boot screens. There are flashed ones on Ebay too, but they are outside your budget range.

    Other people have recommended cards that are indeed better than the GTX 680. In fact substantially better. But some have forgotten to mention that it doesn't meet one or two of your requirements (boot screen and/or budget).

    If you decide to give up boot screens in trade for superior performance, which is a viable choice that many have made, you'll want to get your ducks in a row first. For example I'd do the following:
    • Update your firmware past the point where MAC GPUs are required for firmware updates
    • Figure out which method you'll use to switch OS, and install/configure/test it
    • Keep your current card as a backup in case you need boot screens for some unplanned reason
    If you decide boot screens are a must, and you want the GTX680, then look in my signature for flashing instructions and read through them. It may refine your choices about which GTX680 to buy.

    One more thing. PC cards almost never come with the right power cables for a Mac Pro. Order the GPU power cables you'll need and don't try to run the card without them.

    All of this assumes that you either have a 5,1 or a 4,1 that is flashed to a 5,1.
     
  16. 719c6 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, 2010 5,1 on latest firmware... that I can get without Metal card and Mojave. I think a EVGA GTX680 will be my best option.
     
  17. Project Alice macrumors 6502a

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    If you take boot-screen off that list of requirements you can get a metal capable card for probably 50 bucks.
     
  18. fastlanephil macrumors 65816

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    Yep. It says MacVidCards. I have my Dell 30” and Asus 27” working in the latest Mojave now.
     
  19. jbarley macrumors 68040

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    And all for 85 bucks, hard to beat that eh!:p
     

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