GFX Card, and Mac pros here we go again!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by xceptsingh, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. xceptsingh macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2010
    Sorry for this question I can see loads of posts on Macrumors about it, but I own a Mac Pro which is 1 year old, so before it came with the "mini display port" secondly, I got 2 x 2600 XT HD cards, which have done me fine to this date, My problem is now I need to upgrade and it HAS to be a Nvidia Geforce, due to a certain software i use.

    When I check the apple site, i can only see the Geforce 120 or the Quadro cards - the 120 i dont find as a useful upgrade, and the Quadro is out of price range... any ideas, what to do, where to go ?

  2. TheStrudel macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2008
    The 120 is the only Nvidia card that has Mini Display port, so if you needed that, you're out of luck.

    Otherwise, you could buy a GTX 285 or somebody's old 8800 GT.
  3. xceptsingh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 29, 2010
    I dont need a mini display, as my screen is a Cinema display 23" version ... so thats not a problem...

    Can i buy any GTX285 because i cant see any in apple store for sale.

    Im guessing the GTX 285 is better then the 8800 gt

  4. TheStrudel macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2008
  5. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Yeah, I personally wouldn't pay $529 for a GTX 285. Stores that still have the Mac version have seem to be charging a premium as of late because they're now out of production.

    If you need an NVIDIA, I'd look for a used 8800 GT (make sure you get the EFI-64 version; an EFI-32 version for 2006-2007 MPs was also made). Otherwise, the Mac GTX 285 - but these cards typically get $350+ even used.

    Another option of course, is flashing a PC card. This thread has lots of information on flashing the 8800 GT.

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