HD 4870 from NewEgg/Other Retailer

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Legolover64, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. Legolover64 macrumors regular

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    I've been looking at buying the ATI Radeon 4870 from a retailer such as NewEgg as I can get more video RAM and a cheaper price. However, I am concerned as there are PCIe power leads on the card that require hookups directly from the PSU. Has anyone bought a card that wasn't from Apple and had it work in their mac pro / can anyone help me out with this? It is an Early 2008 model Mac Pro.
     
  2. theDUB macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know the answer to your question, but I highly recommend newegg for any hardware purchase.
     
  3. Cindori macrumors 68040

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  4. sboerup macrumors 6502

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    You can get the PCI power leads that plug directly into the motherboard (as it was meant to) from ATi directly. $14 a pop or so.

    http://shop.ati.com/product.asp?sku=3280778

    Check the thread linked above, it will help you pick a card that has been flashed properly, will give you better luck!
     
  5. handheldgames macrumors 6502a

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    I'm running a HIS 4870 I purchased from newegg and Flashed it to the correct bios in a 2008 2.8x8 MP on 10.5.7. Picked up the PCI-X power cables from ebay - some reseller from HK.

    Everything works fine except: there is an issue with waking from sleep on occasion where the Dell 3007-HC is not getting a good DVI signal and needs to be power cycled. I also see an occasional "Hiccup" in the graphics. I think these issues are related to the pre-release 10.5.7 as I see the Hiccup on my 3870 at home. Beyond that, running 2560x1600 and 1152x2048 displays just fine.
     

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