Help Replace ATI 5870 in MP (5,1)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by colorspace, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. colorspace macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2005
    The stock Apple 5870 in my upgraded Mac Pro 5,1 (really a 4,1 with a single 6 core 3.33) seems to be failing and I'll need to replace it in the near future.

    I don't/can't pay for an original 5870 replacement and the less expensive 5770 may even make less sense. Here is what I'm looking for:

    1) performance similar or better than the 5870. In reality something performing like the 5750 would probably be fine, but I assume not cost efficient at this point? I don't need super high FPS in any sort of gaming scenario. My main uses are Aperture (for a bit more), LightRoom, Photoshop, iMovie, Final Cut Pro and a few other related apps. Obviously it must be rock solid in terms of stability.

    2) the capability to drive a 27" Apple Cinema display is absolutely needed. Ideally if it can also drive the speakers over Mdisplay port -- all the better.

    3) If the card can also drive a future 4K display -- great!

    4) Boot screen is not required -- I don't bootcamp, and even if I decide to a reboot is fine by me.

    5) If I can be kind to both my aging MP's power supply and the environment, awesome! Not sure what the best metric is for Bang/Watt, but it would be very cool to make use of better tech to make my graphics card work off of one power lead and not two, like my 5870. I really hate to see that the video card often uses as much power as the entire rest of the computer.

    So, love to hear your recommendations.
  2. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    You posted in the wrong section. This is the MacBook Pro forum.
  3. JediCass macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2015
  4. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    Yes, PC graphics cards will work with newer versions of OS X, the only disadvantage being it won't show the boot screen with Apple logo.

    Not a Mac Pro expert but I did hear this somewhere.
  5. colorspace thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2005
    Arggggghhhh.... Thanks for the heads up! Moved post to correct sub-forum.

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