Geforce GT 120 in 2009 Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Avenger, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. Avenger macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2007
    I have decided to get a Mac Pro but not a new one for price reasons. If I am able to get a 2009 Mac Pro, would I have any trouble with it playing 1080p video in it using an applicaion like Plex? I have searched here and have read that the GT 120 video card is not powerful at all. I will need it for Aperture, some light photoshop and of course Plex. I don't want the iMac because I need storage and monitor flexibility. Will the GT 120 be enough for this or would I have to upgrade it immediately to something like an ATI 5770?
  2. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    It should be enough. It's not ideal, but it would not be a frustrating experience.
  3. Avenger thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2007
    I'm just worried I'll get stuttering while viewing HD video or something like that.
  4. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2010
    I upgraded my 2009 mac pro from the GT120 to a 5870, but the GT120 never had a problem viewing HD material.

    It had some buffering/flickering when rendering High Def 3D animation, but viewing video was fine.

    What kind of cost difference are you seeing between the 2009 and the 2010?

    If the difference is significant, then you could use some of the saved money for an upgraded video card (if you decide the GT120 isn't enough).

    If they are close in price ($250 will get you a 5770 and $450 will get you a 5870), then it would probably be in your best interest to go ahead and get the 2010. You'd get more upgrade options in the future and at least a 5770.
  5. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
  6. fairbanx macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2010
  7. Avenger thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2007
    It's abt a $500 difference. I was thinking I am better off using some of the difference to buy a SSD for the 2009 model.
  8. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    I haven't seen a Mac unable to play 1080p H.264 since the G4 days. :)

    If we're talking about Flash video... I don't think any hardware will get you ready for that. :)
  9. dndlnx macrumors 6502


    Dec 9, 2010
    I just got an 09, while there's no hiccups playing hi-res movie files with the GT120...I'll still eventually get a used 5770.
  10. thegreatdivorce macrumors regular

    Sep 23, 2010
    Upper Left USA
    Like everyone said, no issues with HD videos.

    Gaming on the other hand ... counting down the days till I can upgrade.
  11. TheStrudel macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2008
    Too true, and too sad. It's like Adobe wants the world to leave flash behind.

    That said, there was never any good reason for using flash wrappers on H.264 video, because by the time they were able to use H.264, modern OSes and browsers could handle it.

    Maybe people with internet explorer had to install quicktime. At least its performance wasn't a total train wreck.
  12. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    You should be fine but I was forced to upgrade an After Effects user to a ATI 4870 because of the choppy performance. The feedback was that the difference was night and day. I personally do not use AE.
  13. mjsmke macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2010
    It will work fine for that. Mines running x2 22" monitors ok. It lags in Maya (3D app) so i'm going to upgrade to the 5770 sometime soon.
  14. Avenger thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2007
    I wound up buying a 2009 Mac Pro with the GT 120 card. It seems to be working fine with the applications I use. Thanks for all the helpful replies!

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