Geforce GT 120 on 2006 Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by SACD02, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. SACD02 macrumors member

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    Simply is it possible?
    Considering PCI-E 2's extra bandwidth does nothing for this card (already limited by the GPU in terms of performance), is it possible to get one of these for my 1st generation Mac Pro?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It's not possible due to nVidia's implementation of their video BIOS and EFI interactions.
     
  3. Washuu macrumors member

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    It will be the same issue as with the 8800 GT. Begging and pleading at Steve's inbox to get them to produce the GT 120 for their existing customers when the difference between the two cards is very minor.
     
  4. SACD02 thread starter macrumors member

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    This is pretty disappointing for a 2006 workstation (costing over $5000 at the time). Well it's my fault. I should have known I was dealing with Apple and their stupid upgrade path in the first place. After years of using Mac, I simply have no more reason to buy their hardware. The OS + Final Cut + Aperture is great, but I can find replacements

    PS: And before you get all worked up, I did purchase the 8800GT for Mac Pro the day that the compatible version came out. I need another graphics card to run 2 more monitors
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The 4870 is still an option. Keep in mind that the HD2600XT and GT120 (9500GT/8600GT) can exchange blows when it comes to gaming. Core Image is on ATi's side.
     
  6. SACD02 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'd get a 4870 but I think it means that I have to take the 8800GT out due to the power connector issue

    Is 4870 compatible with first generation Mac Pros?
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    There's an entire thread on it. I'd take a look at the HD2600XT as well.
     

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