GPU for a 5,1 on a budget

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by mostafiz28, May 31, 2015.

  1. mostafiz28 macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2013
    Now that the expert has confirmed that my OEM 5770 is going south, I need a card that is not so expansive. Also, I will have to get it from UK. I have looked around on eBay and saw used 5870s and Quadro fx 4800 and 5600. Can you please tell me whether they are still relevant. I can also get ati 7870 which claim to have boot screen but link speed will be 2.5 since they don't know the hardware mod. Your thoughts will be appreciated.
  2. nigelbb macrumors 65816

    Dec 22, 2012
    If you can live without a boot screen then a GTX570 PC card is the best bang for buck. I see them selling used on eBay UK for £50-60 (although one cheeky bugger is charging £19.99 shipping on top). There are pretty much the same performance as a GTX680 (maybe even better for CUDA).
  3. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    When my 280 gets here I'll have a couple of PNY GTX 560's I'll sell for the equivalent of 35 euros each plus shipping.

    No boot screen obviously
  4. TheStork macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2008
    "If you can live without a boot screen then..." pick a PC card equivalent of graphics cards that Apple has sold for it's Mac Pros. Apple used either the AMD/ATI or nVidia Reference Design models; thus, look for those cards that similar monitor outputs. I'd stay away from PC graphics cards that have the VGA connector.

    I had a Gigabyte PC 5770 in my 2008 Mac Pro (3,1) until I purchased a Reference Design Sapphire 7950 (eBay) and had MacVidCards flash it. The PC Gigabyte 5770 worked great as does the flashed (better yet) 7950.

    So, looking for an inexpensive, 1-2 year old PC graphics card - like a GTX 760 - will do you well for years to come, especially if you get it flashed.
  5. englishman macrumors 6502a


    Nov 6, 2006
    I had problems with a (windows version) 5870 but a GTX 760 works great - I've kept an old GT120 in case I ever need the boot screen. The GTX 760 works with Apple included drivers but you can also download NVIDIA ones if you prefer for your apps - and its trivial to select which one you want.
  6. mostafiz28 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2013
    After reading those replies, I looked around on ebay and noticed that you are right. I was only looking for Mac compatible cards which are costly, even a 5870 is around £200 if new but the pc counterparts seemed a lot cheaper. I will look to get a GTX 760 pc card. Although I was under the impression that ATI cards get better driver support.
  7. SDAVE macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2007
    Get a used Mac Edition GTX680, although I think that it's super's a decent card.
  8. nigelbb macrumors 65816

    Dec 22, 2012
    They are relatively expensive compared to a PC GTX680 which can be flashed with the Mac Edition firmware if you really must have a boot screen. Even a PC GTX680 is expensive compared to a used PC GTX570 which offers similar performance.
  9. adam9c1 macrumors 68000


    May 2, 2012
    I have a GT120 now.
    I don't game, but I do reach limit when I watch youtube and have plenty of other tabs open.

    Would like to get something that's plug and play and not require any power mods.

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