Few Questions Re Mac Pro 2008 and Video Card Replacement

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Velin, Jan 1, 2010.

  1. Velin macrumors 65816

    Velin

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    Have a 2008 Mac Pro, Model 3,1. Came with the Nvidia 8800GT 512mb PCIe graphics card.

    I think the card is going bad. When I try to load up a game, the machine freezes. On reboot I see the typical green stripes/lines, as well as artifacts. If I let the card cool it works fine in OS X. But anything graphic intensive causes a crash. Sounds like the video card, right?

    Assuming it is the card, what are my options? Can I put the Nvdia GT 120 card in this 2008 3,1 Mac Pro? Is the GT 120 as good, or better, than the 8800 GT? Or should I just get another 8800 GT?

    Any other cards I should look at?

    Finally, is it an easy replacement? Do the replacement cards for Mac Pros come with driver software?

    Asking because I've never done a video card upgrade on a Mac, only PC.

    Annoyed my 8800 GT is failing, but I'm not under warranty, so any input is appreciated.
     
  2. Mackilroy macrumors 68040

    Mackilroy

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    That happened to my 8800 GT as well (and a lot of others, so I've heard). I wouldn't bother with a GT 120 - your 8800 was far better. You can get the 4870 or GTX 285 that Apple and EVGA offer, or you can flash yourself a PC 4870 or 4890. I have a 4890 in my machine now.
     
  3. ljonesj macrumors 6502a

    ljonesj

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    well i dont know but u can try the ati 3870 for pc and mac if u wont to give it a try and it may work as its cheaper than the mac version of the 8800gt and the4850-4870 in the mac pro i know the 4850 is not but on the imac its expensive option
     

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