Decent Video Card for 1,1 Mac Pro?

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  1. Apple Master macrumors member

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    Hi I'm just looking for something cheap and used in the $50 range that will support Yosemite/El Capitan/Sierra.

    I see that people like the mac version of the ATI Radeon 5770 HD but those are still going for $200 ebay.

    Anything else out there that is decent? What about the NVIDIA GeForce GTX570 HD. I'm not looking to play games or anything. Thanks for your help.
     
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    Thanks, seems like a very old card. Is there a way to throw it into the mac and flash it or does it have to be done with a PC?
     
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    Yes it is, just perfect for a very old computer. :rolleyes:
     
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    here's what I did 2 years ago find a good deal on an HD 4870 you can get non flashed ones for 40 or 50 dollars and flash it yourself. theres plenty of info on here about it cheapest way to go for a good card I think.
     
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    unless you really need a boot screen for some reason why bother flashing it? My 4,1 worked perfect with an nvidia gtx760
     
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    But the point of the upgrade is to bring it up to new status :cool:
     
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    You can't do that and still stick to your original limitations...
    "cheap and used in the $50 range"
     
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    I also need to make sure that its compatible with the latest adobe suite.
     
  10. Draeconis macrumors 6502a

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    You don't want much do you.

    Look for a 680. I doubt you'll find one for $50 though, and if you do you should probably avoid it.
     
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    I have a 4870 that I replaced with a 6870 several years ago. If you happen to be in the vicinity of Philadelphia, you could just have it.
     
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    Well not really but come on some of these cards are 8-10 years old an a people still want $200 for them. Its ludicrous.
     
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    supply vs. demand
    you are proof of that

    alternately, a used Apple branded GT-120. not at all a great card but ready to go in a Mac and cheaper than the 5770/5870 you should get.
     
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    Does that work with all of the latest software ... Adobe premiere, photoshop, Mac OS Sierra and future MacOS etc?
     
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    it's the base card that shipped with the 2009 Mac Pros. It wont do any accelerating. all of 32 CUDA cores, 512MB RAM. but it will be better than any card that a 1,1 shipped with. "compatibility" isn't the issue. Adobe doesn't require a minimum. it's just whether the card is good enough to contribute processing via CUDA or Open CL. 2009 also offered an Apple branded HD4870. it's an energy hog but better than the 120.

    If you want a card that can accelerate, you need to spend a couple few hundred.

    and a WARNING. there have been issues using these 2009 to 2012 Apple cards in earlier Mac Pros. I think it has been resolved in newer operating systems but I don't actually know as I stopped using 1,1 and 2,1 machines years ago. I would do a little research before buying anything and confirm hardware and OS compatibility. I bet if you search right here on MacRumors, you'll find tons of details.

    You are probably better off saving your money for a newer computer than trying to get more out of that one.
     
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    I have an original Apple Radeon HD 4870 lying around. Without defects, used one year, replaced years ago with a Apple Radeon HD 5870. Do you live in Europe?
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    "and future MacOS etc?", wait, I'll need to consult with my crystal ball before answering this one. o_O

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  18. Apple Master thread starter macrumors member

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    I've been out of work for over a year so saving up money really isn't a realistic option. Its easier to do small improvements her'n'der.
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    I'm in Los Angeles California.
     
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    Then be less cheap. You'll broaden your options.

    And more importantly, your computer won't run MacOS Sierra.
     
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    I also dont get all of these differerent companies making the cards? One is EVGA Radeon, one is ATI, etc. Whats the deal?
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    Well of course it can, it can run Yosemite and El Capitan so why not Sierra?
     
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    AMD = ATI. Older cards were ATI before ATI became AMD. EVGA is a name of a third-party company that customizes the cards from ATI/AMD. ATI/AMD is the company that makes the card. EVGA makes custom add-in boards. They generally have better cooling or features than the stock card. EVGA, Gigabyte, ASUS, etc.

    Because MacOS Sierra will only run on Mac Pros from 2010 and newer. Your Mac is not supported. They've upped the requirements for Sierra:

    iMac: Late 2009 or newer
    MacBook: Late 2009 or newer
    MacBook Air: Late 2010 or newer
    MacBook Pro: Mid 2010 or newer
    Mac mini: Mid 2010 or newer
    Mac Pro: Mid 2010 or newer

    https://www.tekrevue.com/macos-sierra-system-requirements/
     
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    Yeah its not officially supported but all you have to do is install a hacked version. Prob solved. You are funny guy.

    Mac Pros 1,1 only supports up to 10.7 but that didn't stop me from putting Yosemite 10.10 on it.
     
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    Problem solved? You're going to encounter issues trying to run MacOS on unsupported hardware and you'll need to be prepared to address those issues should they arise. You don't just use "leet hax" and then expect everything to work. Of course it's possible, but that's hardly what you were saying. You said it runs on Yosemite and El Capitan, so why shouldn't it run on Sierra? You seemed misinformed. I was merely informing you, not being "funny".

    And "All you have to do is install a hacked version" ... what does this even mean exactly? You don't seem to realize what it takes to get OS X running on unsupported hardware. There isn't a "hacked version". You do the tweaking yourself. And it's quite an involved process.
     
  24. Apple Master, Jul 3, 2016
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    There are patched/hacked versions all over this website for download man, where have you been?
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    I guess I'm still at a loss on what card to buy. Maybe I can get a cheaper one that came out of a dell and flash it.

    I live in an area with a lot of interest, so which card would be best for video professionals?
     
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    I've been in a place where I install OS X on unsupported Macs ...


    Your budget is $50 and you're asking about cards for video professionals and pulling a card out of an old DELL to flash? The best card would be the one you can spend the most on within your budget. Your budget doesn't really give you many options though. You also seem to be ignoring everyone in this thread.
     

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