Graphics card recommendation for a 1,1

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  1. stanw macrumors 6502a

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    I have a MacPro 1,1 and the graphics card died. I'm not sure if I want to replace the card, though I'm thinking of doing so just to use the Mac to access the files on the internal drives for tagging in Lightroom.

    1. Can anyone recommend a graphics card that will be good enough for just viewing photos and videos in Lightroom?

    2. Is it a bad idea to buy a used graphics card?

    Thanks.
     
  2. PreFlexoPress macrumors newbie

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    You can buy the NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT on Ebay for under $100.

    What card was in your 1,1?
     
  3. Macsonic macrumors 65816

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    You can try putting in Radeon 5770HD There's a guy who installed a Nvidia 570GTX in his 1.1 Mac Pro HERE
     
  4. stanw thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thank you for your responses.

    My Macpro shipped with an ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512 MB
    It is the 2 X 3 GHz Dual-Core MP.

    I'm thinking of keeping it around for storing lots of photos and videos and possible streaming Netflix.

    1. Which card will work for what I want to do?
    2. Will it make much difference in performance/capabilities with this old beast if I spend more for a higher end card?

    Thanks.
     
  5. stanw thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So are these my only options?

    NVIDIA GeForce 7300GT

    Radeon 5770HD
    Nvidia 570GTX

    Thanks.
     
  6. NOTNlCE macrumors 6502a

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    Check out the stickied NVIDIA PC GPU Thread at the top of this forum. Your GPU selection is limited by which OS you are running. Basically any non-keppler NVIDIA card will work in 10.7.5 without a boot screen, with significantly better performance over any "Apple Branded" card.
     
  7. Macsonic macrumors 65816

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    You can also try the Radeon 5870HD. There is an previous Macrumors thread about this http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1002004

    The Nvidia Quadra FX4500 also works in a 1.1 Mac Pro. As far as I know, if the video card is EFI64 it would not work in a 1.1 Mac Pro since its logicboard is EFI32 Try to avoid the Nvidia 7300GT as it usually breaks down. I had 2 7300GTs that broke down when I had my 1.1 Mac Pro. There's an old MR thread on that though I could not locate the URL
     
  8. hwojtek macrumors 6502a

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    4870 is now very cheap and easily reflashable.
     
  9. toke lahti macrumors 68000

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    Can anybody confirm that this will work with mp1,1 & 10.9? (Of course with Tiamo's bootloader...)
    http://compare.eu/msi-n760-2gd5-oc-i...-a1045675.html
    I like that it has 2x dp and itx size means that it could be later installed in some small box...
    Is GTX760 safe and reliable in 1,1?
     
  10. fhenry macrumors regular

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    yes it works but it might be not usefull with open GL, the hardware is old, but you will have good result with octane
     
  11. kevink2 macrumors 65816

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    If you don't have a boot screen, doesn't that make it difficult to change your boot drive? For instance, choosing to boot off of USB drive, or time machine?
     
  12. toke lahti macrumors 68000

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    Are you meaning that nvidia isn't so good with openGL?
    I first thought to buy radeon, but since adobe's apps still need cuda, I reconsidered and fcpX (if I start to use it) works with both.
     
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  16. toke lahti, Feb 8, 2014
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    toke lahti macrumors 68000

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    Can you explain how those numbers show how weak nvidia's are in openGL?
     

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