I have a Mac Pro Mid-2010 Looking for best Graphics card

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Drachir2000, Sep 21, 2016.

  1. Drachir2000 macrumors newbie


    Mar 6, 2008
    I have a recently acquired Mac pro mid 2010, and I want to get a graphics card for that is more powerful than the 5870. I want to know what modern card will work and does it support video at boot and Boot camp. Thanks.
  2. Flint Ironstag macrumors 6502a

    Flint Ironstag

    Dec 1, 2013
    Houston, TX USA
  3. D4rkShaDoWz macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Sorry to hijack the thread OP but I also am in the market for a new GPU for my 4,1 cMP. Is there any noticeable difference between purchasing a card from MVC vs one of the eBay sellers selling similar products? From what I can tell MVC was first and the ones on eBay are technically "stolen" or reverse engineered from the MVC products.

    But on the other hand they are a lot cheaper and often times $100 less than the price on the MVC website.

    I was looking into a 980 or 980 Ti so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

    EDIT: Also to answer OP's question:

    EFI cards such as the GTX 680 Mac Edition or any one modded with EFI will support video at boot. Normal, stock cards will run in both OS X and Windows but only PCIE 1.0 speeds in Windows so there is some performance hinges when not having it modded.
  4. theitsage Suspended

    Aug 28, 2005
    Either buy a GPU from MVC or flash a PC card yourself. Don't support eBay sellers who took someone's hard work.

    I understand MVC was banned from this forum but we can't downplay his commitment and contributions to Mac GPUs.
  5. h9826790 macrumors G5


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong

    If you are lucky enough to get a trouble free flashed card from other seller, than should be virtually no difference. However, I can tell most of the seller actually don't know what they are selling. The most ridiculous Mac Edition Card I've heard is a graphic card that came with the Apple sticker on it. Most of them are actually flashed, but not properly. Those seller stole the ROM from somewhere else and randomly flash to another non-compatible card. You need to be very very lucky to get a trouble free card.

    So, for me, it's either Official Mac Edition card (which is extremely expensive now), a card from MVC, or do it by myself.

    TBH, if MVC did all the hardworking job, and I only need to flash the card. Of course I don't mine to sell you a flashed card with a price $100 less then MVC. And that's exactly why those eBay flashed card are way cheaper then MVC. They just steal MVC's hard work.

    For those "self flashable" card like GTX680 / HD7950 / R9 280x, there is almost zero real world performance penalty by running them at PCIe 1.1. So, no need to worry about that. However, for a high end card like TitanX, yes, running them at PCIe 1.1 may result some measurable performance drop.
  6. D4rkShaDoWz macrumors member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Thanks for the response. I recently acquired a Mac Pro back in May so I've been making little upgrades here and there but am now ready to upgrade my GPU.

    Thank you for the response.

    I definitely don't want to support people who steal someone's work and sell it themselves. But I have to admit, the price of some of these cards are appealing to a recent college graduate with little resources. I've been looking around and a lot of these cards sell out very quickly and it seems like the sellers have positive feedback. Would someone give them a positive rating if the cards didn't function properly? I would have to assume that most people who purchase these cards own Mac Pro's and know what a proper graphics cards performs like.

    The card I'm interested in - either a 980 or 980 Ti - is currently sold out on the MVC site. So it looks like my options are to either wait until it comes back in stock or flash it myself but I am not even sure if that is possible.

    Once again, thanks again to everyone who responds. This forum is so active and responsive - really makes me glad to own a cMP! I'm just trying to gather as much information as possible because it can get pretty confusing when you decide to upgrade.
  7. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    There is an option you may have missed. He has a flashing service, which is much cheaper than buying a card from him outright. Just find your own card and send it to him for flashing.
  8. Fosty Suspended


    Sep 19, 2016
    If I'm not mistaken you can also just buy a card (that you find for cheap) and mail it to MVC for him to flash for a fee. It might be a happy compromise of saving some money and giving him his due for the work put into making sure these cards run smooth.

    But we can downplay the "commitment and contributions" of the forum mods...
  9. lowendlinux Contributor


    Sep 24, 2014
    North Country (way upstate NY)
    MVC is abrasive and doesn't really have a brain mouth filter which pisses people off and that's why he's banned.
  10. Murray M macrumors regular

    Murray M

    Apr 19, 2010
    I recently bought a 980Ti from MVC. Really loving it. It's perfect for working with Premiere in 4K at 60hz.
  11. Fosty Suspended


    Sep 19, 2016
    If he has I've never seen it - the mods on the other hand...

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