Graphic card

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Bartolini, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. Bartolini macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2009
    Hello Guys!

    Im about to buy the latest Mac Pro Two 2.26GHz Quad-Core and im wondering is it possible to replace by myself the "standard" graphic card NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512MB to any of these:

    - SAPPHIRE TECHNOLOGY Radeon HD 4870 - 1 GB GDDR5 - PCI-Express 2.0 (11133-19-20R)

    - SAPPHIRE TECHNOLOGY Radeon HD 4870 X2 - 2 GB GDDR5 - PCI-Express 2.0 (21137-00-40R) (here i found something about powering problems)

    - SAPPHIRE TECHNOLOGY Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X - 1 GB DDR5 - PCI-Express 2.0 (11133-16-20R)

    - SAPPHIRE TECHNOLOGY Radeon HD 4870 Vapor-X - 2 GB DDR5 - PCI-Express 2.0 (11133-17-20R)

    more info here:

    How does it look like?
    What about warranty if i modify computer by myself?

    Im going to use this computer mostly for animation in Adobe After Effects, Flash and quite a lot 3D Max Studio under booted Windows.

    Sorry, probably annoying question but i have no idea about modifying Mac computers.

    Best Regards!
  2. goMac macrumors 604

    Apr 15, 2004
    I'm not the expert on this... But...

    You'll have to flash the card. This should be pretty easy these days, someone else can probably point you to a tool do so, and tell you which card will work best.

    The new graphics card obviously won't be covered under your AppleCare warranty, but the rest of the machine will be covered just fine.
  3. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

    Mar 25, 2009
    Folding space
    I'm not really sure these will work on a Mac. Sapphire seems to be a company that buys from ATI and resells modified cards. The specs indicate native DirectX support, and that is a MS thing. Again, I'm not sure. Look at the link below.

  4. Bartolini thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2009
    Thx Guys.

    Maybe it doesnt have to be Sapphire but anything with at least 1GB memory for a good price? ;)

    Thx again!
  5. Cindori macrumors 68040


    Jan 17, 2008

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