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Changing a graphics card

Changing my graphics card

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Gary Davidson

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Feb 9, 2018
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Hi i have a mac pro 2009 it has a graphics card of 512mb, i have tried to use a 4k philips monitor and it look terrible, If i up grade the graphics card to HD 1G do i need to change my hard drive, I have a sata 2 tb not ssd. any input would be great.

Many Thanks

Gary Davidson
 

CapnDavey

macrumors 6502
Apr 11, 2015
345
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get a EVGA GTX 680 they are easy to flash with the mac rom for boot screen good for 4k video to
 
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owbp

macrumors 6502a
Jan 28, 2016
717
241
Belgrade, Serbia
your poll questions are err, very original.o_O
You've had a trouble with voting too? :D
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I thought i have a bug in my OS' screen rendering.
 
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orph

macrumors 68000
Dec 12, 2005
1,884
392
UK
id recommend grabbing a gtx 680 it's one of the simplest cards to install.
check in system prefes to see if you have the correct resolution selected to (what rez is the display set at?)

for a older card ideally you want to use display port to plug in to your display.

gtx 680 can be picked up used for £50-70 will need two small 6 pin to 6 pin cable to power it
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Apple-vide...qid=1518563327&sr=8-4&keywords=g5+power+6+pin
like that one.

almost anygtx 680 pc card will just work plug and play (no boot screen displayed unless you keep your old card in) and if you want most can be flashed to a mac card.
 
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ActionableMango

macrumors G3
Sep 21, 2010
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almost anygtx 680 pc card will just work plug and play (no boot screen displayed unless you keep your old card in) and if you want most can be flashed to a mac card.

I could be wrong, but I didn't think a GTX680 will do bootscreens for a 4K monitor even if it is flashed.
 
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orph

macrumors 68000
Dec 12, 2005
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392
UK
@ActionableMango i was thinking about using the gt120 for boot display not a gtx680, i was not clear i meant the gt120 as the 'old card' (i assume it's a gt120 as Gary mentions 512vram).

i think the gtx6xx are simplest cards to install (but i dont know the older ati cards so well), id recommend a newer card if not for the quirks that make them more complex to run and as no more than display out at 4K is needed?

if it was me id look at the rx460/560 or rx 480/580 but there a tad more complex to install?
 
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