GeForce GTX285 Mac Edition

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Magic2007, Jul 24, 2012.

  1. Magic2007 macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2011
    Hi there everyone!
    I'm looking for this card, I have heard that it should be really good for my Mac Pro 2008 3.1.

    Do you know where it can be purchased new or used?

    Im working with Adobe stuff.
  2. DFTU101 macrumors member

    May 16, 2008
    I have this card in my Mac Pro 3.1-2008. Works great but I think it's been discontinued. You can probably find a used on on Ebay. If the seller is charging more than $350 or so (it was an expensive card) you may want to consider the newer ATI Radeon 5870 card which is around $450 on the Apple website. Pretty sure most forums say the ATI card will work on the Mac Pro 3.1.
  3. Louis Wu, Jul 24, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2012

    Louis Wu macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2011
    an extreme off-chance but sometimes EVGA will sell them on their B-stock page:

    I got one from them (thanks to a heads-up from a MacRumors member on a forum thread) for $129 last year -- but I haven't seen them since. the B-stock items are returns/refurbished.

    the 285 does have CUDA for adobe. also check the threads on the Mac Pro forum -- apparently some of the other new nVidia PC cards (like a GTX 560 Ti) will function with minimal work (like installing Mac CUDA driver updates) if you are running Mountain Lion. I haven't tried that. See if ML launches tomorrow...
  4. Magic2007, Jul 24, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2012

    Magic2007 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2011
    Thank you for your help guys!
    I was about to buy a ATI 5870, someone recommended me GTX for CUDA support, Im working with Adobe software and CUDA is must. :)

    And also thanx for the link B stock.

    What about this one?

    is this OK? I know its converted to MAC but I have heard that its almost same as Mac Edition, these card are professionally converted.

    I know nothing about hardware, Im looking for something plug and play :/

    Any advice?
  5. The-Pro macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2010
    The seller of that item is Macvidcards, who is also on this forum.
    Guaranteed that the card will work, but maybe he will post here aswell.
  6. Magic2007 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2011
  7. Louis Wu macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2011
    Mountain Lion and a GTX 560 Ti works!

    OK, just installed 10.8 on my Mac Pro 5.1 and read this post:

    -- so this might work with your 3.1

    Anyhow, I downloaded and installed this:

    and I can confirm that this bone-stock EVGA card (taken out of my windows box) works just fine in the Mac!

    No boot screen though, so the first thing you'll see is the the desktop.

    One thing to note is that I had the OEM 5870 card installed in the Pro prior to the swap, so I already had the two 6-pin connectors that the EVGA card requires. I hear you can get them readily on ebay.

    This is the PC card I'm using now using.

    I am using a 30" Cinema Display and a rotated Samsung 23" monitor (for tool palettes).

    Granted, it's only been an hour and I haven't tested any apps to see if they run faster, but either way the 560 cost less than the base 5770. And has CUDA, of course.

    YMMV. Hope that helps...
  8. VideoRaulStudio macrumors newbie


    Jan 7, 2016
    Hi everyone. I just purchased the Nvidia GTX 285 Mac edition from Ebay and the card is not recognized in my mac pro 2008 running Yosemite 10.10.5. The seller has couple for sale and the first one he already replace it. I have install Nvidia driver manager and still don't work. The card has a wire coming out of it and i didn't see that on any of the other cards on the internet. Here is the link with the card i purchased.
    Thank you!

    Attached Files:

  9. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    I used to have a GTX 285 and it never had a wire coming out of it like that.

    Aside from that, there are far better performing and cooler running video cards that will work in your Mac Pro 3,1. The GTX 680 which is several generations newer than the GTX 285 can be easily flashed for full Mac compatibility.

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