Experiences with GTX 970?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by flehman, Feb 21, 2015.

  1. flehman macrumors 6502


    Feb 21, 2015
    First off, let me say that I am excited to post for the first time in a long time. I was a registered user about 10 years ago when I and a cadre of fellow Pismo PowerBook owners were discussing how to max them out. The Pismo finally gave up the ghost about 5 years ago and I purchased a 2008 Mac Pro.

    I never experienced performance issues with my Mac Pro until Yosemite, which really bogged it down. The poor performance put me on an upgrade kick. I may purchase a 2010 Mac Pro sometime in the future for access to the faster architecture, processors, and RAM, but in the short term I intend to upgrade my 2008 in ways that will be transferrable to a newer Mac Pro - namely, a new GPU and possibly a PCIE SSD. (Incidentally, I found the thread on use of Apple PCIE SSDs in the adapter card to be insanely helpful.)

    I am very interested in the GTX 970. I have been looking for a powerful GPU that is still power efficient with low TDP, and the 970 looks like a perfect upgrade from my flashed ATI 6870.

    To date, the Mac Pro forum has spilled most of its ink over the GTX 980. Can anyone who is using a flashed or unflashed GTX 970 please share their experiences or recommendations that might help me make a decision about how to proceed. I am interested in these two cards from newegg right now:



    I am leaning toward a reference clock speed with good cooling to minimize temps inside the case. Has anyone had a good experience with either of these cards or another card, or had any luck flashing? I have not heard any news from MacVidCards about flashing the 970, so I am also on the fence about whether I ought to buy now and flash later or wait to purchase a known "flash-friendly" model.

    Finally, a word of thanks to everyone in this forum and the whole MacRumors community. These forums have been an unparalleled source of quality information about upgrading, modding, troubleshooting, etc. for many years, and ultimately that's why I stopped lurking and decided to re-register.
  2. Synchro3 macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2014
  3. flehman thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 21, 2015
    Thank you for the response - I had not seen those recent posts. I guess that is good news for 2009-2010 Mac Pro owners; not so good for me. The 2008 seemed to have more in common with the 2009-2010 models than with the 2006-2007 models since it is 64-bit architecture and has supported other flashed cards in the past, so I am surprised that flashing the 970 is not an option. Has anyone explained the technical obstacles that make flashing a 970 or 980 for a 2008 Mac Pro unworkable, and would an unflashed 970 or 980 still work in a 2008?
  4. fuchsdh macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2014
    I'm not sure how much it matters, but I'd be a bit hesitant of getting a 970 given that they don't actually function as 4GB cards. As far as I know Nvidia still hasn't sorted out the issues so I'd hold off on one until they do.
  5. MacVidCards Suspended

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hollywood, CA
    We have updated the rom to work on 3,1s now.

    Will change the listings on Monday.
  6. flehman thread starter macrumors 6502


    Feb 21, 2015
    @MacVidCards, you are my hero for announcing Mac Pro 2008 compatibility! I didn't mention it in my first post, but my flashed ATI 6870 came from you and has been a solid performer for my needs for over 2 years.

    If you happen to check back on this thread, do you have any recommendations for brands/models that are more flash-friendly? I chose the two above versions because they were reference or close to it, and the EVGA appeared to have good cooling and positive reviews.

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