Help! Mac Pro and GPU's

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MattRJH, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. MattRJH macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2009
    Hi guys, I've got a question or two to run by you all.

    I have a Mac Pro...
    Model Identifier: MacPro1,1,
    Processor: 2.66GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    Processors: 2 - Cores: 4

    ...for which I have recently bought an n9600GT, only to find the damn thing doesn't work anyway. Thanks Apple.

    After a bit of research I found out the 8800GT (which is compatible) is better than the 9600GT anyway, and I am now on the hunt for a good 8800GT card.

    I am currently looking at the Asus EN8800GT, with the following specs:
    Grapics Engine: NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT
    Memory Size: DDR3 1G
    Engine Clock: 600 MHz
    Memory Clock: 1.8 GHz ( 900 MHz DDR3 )
    Memory Interface: 256-bit
    Max. Resolution: 2560 x 1600
    Bus Standard: PCI Express 2.0

    I think it is a factory overclock... not too sure.

    My questions are, 1) will I be able to use this card in my model Mac Pro, and 2) will any 8800GT card work with my Mac Pro, or is it specifically the apple version only?

    Thanks for the assistance guys.
  2. Olivier L. macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2009
    As far as I understood, only the video card "prepared by apple" will work on your Mac Pro under Mac OS X. However, any video card should be working properly under Windows / bootcamp.
  3. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    You buy an Apple card. End of story. Nothing else works in OS X.
  4. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
  5. chas0001 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Alicante, SPAIN
    You can flash 'Windows' only graphics cards to work under os x. Be careful as not all models work properly. I have the 8800GT (Mac Edition) and I can say that it is very poor (in my experience). It is noisy and causes artifacts on the screen when it gets too hot.
  6. MattRJH thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 24, 2009
    Gives me an idea....
    Could I install the 8800gt or another equivalent card in slot 2 and use it for windows, and then use my current card in slot a for os x? Main reason behind me trying to get a better card is for gaming.
  7. clownjuggles macrumors member

    Mar 11, 2009
    That would work as long as you have an empty slot and the card is the proper size for the slot.
  8. bozz2006 macrumors 68030


    Aug 24, 2007
    not optimal because the first lane in the mac pro is the only fast one.

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