Cheap 2nd video card for e2008?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by adam9c1, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. adam9c1 macrumors 68000


    May 2, 2012
    I have an early 2008 dual quad.
    SSD as boot, WD Black for virtual machines, WD green for data, WD green for TM.

    I don't do photoshop or video intensive tasks but run several vms via fusion.

    Is there a video adapter that would give me third or fourth display for cheap (less than $100).

    I don't want to stick something into a slot n find out its diff voltage etc.
  2. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    If you're running Lion or later, you can actually just throw in any cheap NVIDIA PC card that doesn't require auxiliary power (like a GT 630) in an open PCIe slot. You won't get the 5 GT/s link speed without a properly modified/flashed EFI card, but that won't matter if it's just to run additional displays.

    With Lion, I believe you need the drivers from NVIDIA still to make a 600 series card work, but those drivers would be already built into Mountain Lion.

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