GPU upgrade with EFI support

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by snapdragonx, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. snapdragonx macrumors regular

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    I'm sorry if this question has been asked before, I've done a lot of searching and can't find an answer.

    I want to upgrade the video card on my 4,1 Mac Pro. Nothing fancy, I only game occasionally, so cheap is good. But I do prefer having the full EFI boot screen.

    Do any Nvidia or ATi cards support EFI natively? If not, is there a way to flash them so they do?

    Thanks for any info
     
  2. RoastingPig macrumors 68000

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    Apple Oem - Ati 2600xt EBAY, 4870 EBAY, 5770 $200 Apple Store, 5870 $400 Apple Store, Nvidia 8800 EBay, gt 120 EBay.

    non oem but have efi, Sapphire AMD 7950 $400 Newegg, Nvidia EVGA Mac Editions 285 EBay, and 680 $500 Newegg

    i use a pc 670 without efi because its not that important.
     
  3. snapdragonx thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for that. But I don't understand how people get along without it. What if you need to enter the recovery partition or boot from an external device?
     
  4. RoastingPig macrumors 68000

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    i use the bootchamp app to restart into windows from the desktop. and if i need to boot from external ill just use the startup disk menu in preferences. if im gonna do a recovery or fresh install i install the 5770 which i suggest you keep whatever gpu your mac came with.
     
  5. snapdragonx thread starter macrumors regular

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    I wasn't aware that startup disk menu existed. Good to know. Thanks for that!
     
  6. RoastingPig macrumors 68000

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    no problem.
     

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