EVGA GTX 680 on Mac Pro 2006 WIN Only?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Pantavian, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. Pantavian macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2014
    Will this card work on my Mac Pro 2006 2.66GHz Intel Xeon
    I will be running Windows 7 Professional ONLY. Mac OS X is not installed on this machine.

    Right now I have a NVIDIA Geforce 8800GT and its not working well with any of my games.


    1. Will it work?
    2. If it will work should I just buy a gaming PC for the cost of upgrading?
  2. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Kepler cards don't work in Lion, so yes, you'd be limited to Windows. I think some people have found a way to install ML and even Mavericks on MP 1.1 but I don't know much about that.

    Even if you did get ML or Mavericks installed, the card wouldn't be worth it. According to Barefeats benchmarks, there wasn't much of a performance difference between the 5770 and a 5870 on a 2006 MP because the computer can't keep up. IIRC, in most benchmarks there was no difference at all. So a GTX680, which is even faster than a 5870, would be a huge waste in a 2006 MP anyway.
  3. fhenry macrumors regular

    Feb 28, 2012
    Only one test from few years ago, find my recent post about it with recent cards testing
  4. Pantavian thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 1, 2014
    Thanks guys right now I have a Nvidia 8800GT and it's just so slow. So if I get this it will work fine in windows. Are the performance issues related to the Power Supply?


    I saw the benchmarks. Is this the best card I can get in my mac? I am really partial to NVIDIA.

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