Graphics card for a Mac Pro - 08

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MadsK, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. MadsK macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys.

    I'm in a bit of trouble at work. One of our Mac Pro's won't display anything. It starts up as it should be the screen stays black. We've tried with several monitors. A Mac Partner was 99% sure it was the graphics card which was the problem.

    So now I'm thinking about just finding a new graphics card and replace it myself, but I have a few questions.

    The original card was a ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT (256mb) and I've tried to find some suppliers for this, but it seems its not that easy to get your hands on so i was hoping that we could upgrade it to a newer one instead. But I need to know which ones will actually work with this model and if they need to be a specific version of model to work with the Mac Pro.

    Any suggestions would be welcome.

    EDIT: I was thinking about just buying a HD5770 from one of our local stores - would that be an option?
     
  2. MythicFrost macrumors 68040

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    I don't think so, it doesn't appear that they are compatible with the 08 Mac Pro.
     
  3. MadsK thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It seems the 4870 is compatible. Do I have to buy it at apple.com or can i buy it in any store and any brand?
     
  4. Weepul macrumors regular

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    Although Apple states they are incompatible, there's a good chance they will still work just fine. It was the case with the previous generation GPUs from Apple - stated not to work, yet they did. Of course, we won't know for sure until someone tries.
     
  5. MythicFrost macrumors 68040

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    If you look at the 5870/5770 in the Apple Store it requires a 09 or 10 Mac Pro.
    True...
    You need the Mac GPU, so, from Apple. The Mac Edition GTX 285 1GB also works too, but it costs more I think.
     
  6. MadsK thread starter macrumors newbie

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