EVGA GTX 680 on Mac Pro 2006 WIN Only?

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

  1. Pantavian macrumors newbie

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    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.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130912


    1. Will it work?
    2. If it will work should I just buy a gaming PC for the cost of upgrading?
     
  2. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    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

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

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    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?

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    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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