Frequently Asked Questions About NVIDIA PC (non-EFI) Graphics Cards

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  1. flowrider macrumors 601

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    I have an MVC flashed GTX 570 gathering dust in my closet!

    Lou
     
  2. dickybow macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for replying. However I was really looking for cards more reasonably priced without having to flash it myself
     
  3. howiest macrumors regular

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    A step up from a GT-120 would be an ATI 5770 Mac Edition, or an ATI 6870 pre-flashed. Both are reasonably priced and available on eBay. There is also the Nvidia 8800GT. All 3 of those cards are inexpensive and run well on a 3,1 Mac Pro.

    I, in succession, used all 3 on my 3,1 until gaming became an issue and then I bought an Nvidia GTX680 4GB so I could play GTA V and other modern games.
     
  4. flowrider macrumors 601

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    Reasonably Priced = ?

    Lou
     
  5. Theophany macrumors 6502a

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    So the first ultrawide 4K monitors hit the shelves recently and Dell are already offering a pretty tasty rebate (~£250 UK) along with a 3-year advanced replacement warranty as standard on their Ultrasharp U3818DW.

    I'm thinking I'm gonna pick one up to replace my ageing U3011, are there any reasons it would cause me headaches with my Mac Pro (GTX 980 Ti)? I can't think of any, but want to be sure before placing the order!
     
  6. Theophany macrumors 6502a

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    Just as an update, I ended up going with the LG 38UC99 because Dell were giving me problems. It's the same panel minus the in-built KVM, which I didn't need anyway.

    Works great and looks fantastic!

    [​IMG]
     
  7. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    I am still using my 27" ACD, but looking for my next monitor. Is the ultra wide works fine in MacOS? Do this "unusual" aspect ratio / resolution cause any problem at all?

    I am thinking I don't quite need full 4k most of the time. I have to use HiDPi anyway, otherwise everything will be too small in normal monitor. And this 3840x1600 in ultra wide is a very decent resolution with 38" screen.
     
  8. Theophany macrumors 6502a

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    I just came from a 30" Dell at 2560x1600 - so pretty similar to the ACD.

    The resolution isn't quite 4K but it is still 110dpi and just over 6 megapixels. MacOS handles it brilliantly. Haven't had any issues with any software. I don't think I could go back to a 16:10/16:9 aspect ratio now. Once you have all of that extra real estate to play with, you don't want to give it up!

    I'm a serial spaces fiend too and MacOS seems to be quite clever in splitting apps in spaces. For example, I have Outlook and Safari maximised in a single space and the system automatically splits the space so Safari is at 2560x1600 and Outlook is at 1280x1600, which is about a perfect split screen.

    Because it isn't a HiDPI monitor, you won't need to have the monitor scale, it's like having two screens without the bezel in the middle. Even though it's 38", the curvature means that even the corners are always in your sightline, so you don't have to move your head or get neck ache.
     
  9. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    Sounds really good to me. $1500 is a bit expensive, but seems worth the money.
     
  10. Theophany macrumors 6502a

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    I look at it as something that'll last me for 7-10 years, so makes the outlay a little more bearable! :)
     
  11. howiest macrumors regular

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    Thanks for having all your storage volumes mounted on the Desktop. Now I can show my wife this picture when I need to buy more storage devices. (she has questioned nearly every HD or SSD I've ever purchased) You've trumped me by several terabytes. ;)

    Oh, and nice monitor!
     
  12. Pitagora macrumors member

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    Hey hey mac fellows! Looking to buy a gtx 1050 or 1060 for a Mac Pro 4.1( which I think I update the firmware and is now recognized as a 5.1). Will this work or not? Are the drivers stable? Or should I stick with a gtx 960?

    Thanks!
     
  13. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020

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    No, they are not stable. There's a thread with a lot of people talking about glitches and problems with the 1060, myself included.

    It appears that the only card that doesn't appear to suffer problems is the GTX 1080.
     
  14. Squuiid macrumors 6502a

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    I'd avoid NVIDIA's Pascal cards on a Mac. The drivers just aren't very good IMO.
    As mentioned elsewhere, the Sapphire RX 580 Pulse 8GB is the best card to buy for the cMP right now, if you can find one!
     
  15. TheStork macrumors regular

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    Stick with the GTX 960 for now if your requirements can be met. Otherwise look for a good buy in a GTX 980 on eBay, but watch out for the power consumption.

    I, too, have a GTX 1060, and it has problems on wake-up from sleep. I'm eagerly awaiting the new Vega cards (or the Sapphire RX 580 mentioned above) support in High Sierra.
     
  16. Mac Hammer Fan macrumors 6502

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    I have read on Insanely Mac Forums that the Open GL of the nVidia Cards is largely improved under MacOS High Sierra.
    While for now Cinebench rates 61 fps on a Mac Pro 5,1 6 core this should be 100 fps under Mac OS High Sierra. Finally the bug is solved. :)
     
  17. owbp macrumors 6502a

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    OpenGl was never an issue with Nvidia on Mac. It is stuck at 4.1 and was always stronger than on AMD cards.
    Maybe they were talking about OpenCl?
    And one more thing, Cinebench GPU test depends on CPU's single core, it's definitely not a bug.
     
  18. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    It won't happen, CineBench is a well know improper benchmarking software for GPU. The OpenGL test is very CPU single thread limiting. No matter which OS, which driver, as long as ConeBench didn't fix this issue. You will always get 61FPS with the same CPU.
     
  19. MacGamver macrumors regular

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    Pascal cards are not good on a 5,1? Isn't that what we have been waiting for all this time?
     
  20. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    It's seems the feedback is very fluctuate. Some members have absolute no problem at all. Some others keep hitting annoying buys. So, most likely very depends on the actual usage. If purely consider the performance, energy efficiency, able to fit inside the cMP's power envelope, etc. Pascal card should be the very good choice.

    However, the down sides are still very clear. Black screen after each OS update. Inconsistent users review. Lack of optimisation for most software (because they didn't expect any Mac will use Pascal GPU to run their software).
     
  21. Blakehoo macrumors member

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    I'd hold on before upgrading just about any GPU on the cMP 5.1.

    High Sierra will change everything.

    The 2018 Mac Pro is supposed to be Apple's flagship, again.

    Owners of the cMP will benefit, as well, due to what's supposedly coming in High Sierra...

    Also, the mining craze may derail in the meantime.

    I wouldn't pay today's prices when the stage is set for things to change dramatically.

    The mac experience won't be the same as it has been ...this past 7 years.
     
  22. MacGamver macrumors regular

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    Uh.... Mining craze? Not sure what that means...
     
  23. howiest macrumors regular

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    I know, I couldn't wrap my head around it for the longest time. You can read about it here.
     
  24. MacGamver macrumors regular

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    Ha! That's the dumbest thing ever! :D As if the stock market wasn't ******** enough in it's buying and selling of completely nothing..... It's smoke and mirrors....
     
  25. Socket macrumors member

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    Can anyone tell me if Nvidia Drivers for High Sierra are yet existing?
     
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