Can a Mac Pro video card be swapped out for a PC video card?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by NJRonbo, Jan 14, 2007.

  1. NJRonbo macrumors 68000

    Jan 10, 2007
    Just bought a Mac Pro. It arrives in a few days as I had it customized.

    It comes with a rather lackluster NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT video card.

    I just bought a NVIDIA Geforce 7900GT card for my PC.

    Can I easily swap the cards? Are they compatible in both machines?

    I'm also hoping the video card drivers already installed in the Mac
    will work with the card I am swapping out as they are both within the
    NVIDIA Geforce series.
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    The basic answer is no. Do a search: there are quite a few threads on here with people trying this out. It is sometimes possible to flash the EFI/Mac Rom onto the BIOS/PC one but this means that there has to be a Mac version of the card to start with...
  3. apfhex macrumors 68030


    Aug 8, 2006
    Northern California
    It's more than a driver issue, as robbieduncan mentioned, the card also has to have Mac/EFI compatible firmware on it.

    The cards will work in Windows, but not in Mac OS X.
  4. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Go to and check and see if the card is compatible for a ROM swap. If so, follow the instructions (WARNING: some cards, even if compatible, require soldering on a new ROM chip, not just swapping the ROM file).

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