Looking at buying a New Vid Card for my 3,1 Mac Pro

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  1. Mac Pro Convert, Sep 26, 2016
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    Mac Pro Convert macrumors newbie

    Mac Pro Convert

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    Hi all

    I have been looking at buying a new Vid card to replace
    both of my 1Gig Radeon HD5870's,

    Mac Pro 3,1 (early 08)
    Dual 3.0Ghz Quad Core Xeons
    32 gig DDR800 FB Mem

    Thinking of going Back to Nvidia because they actually support OS X with drivers,
    Not to mention that the graphics look a lot sharper.

    Have been reading a lot about flashing PC cards for Mac Pro's,
    thing is nobody has posted a link to where you download the vid cards rom,
    Lots of talk about how to do it and which card are best, just no links to Roms for the cards,
    Have been all over google like a rash looking but no joy.

    can some one please post some links for card roms
    Nvidia and ATI Please
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    As an after thought I am also running bootcamp win7 ultimate 64bit,
    Anybody know of a boot loader that saves us having to hold down the option key on boot?

    E.G I push the power button and wait till an OS choice screen pops up,
    Like what you get when you have Window And Linux on a PC.
     
  2. Fl0r!an macrumors 6502a

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    The only reasonable DIY upgrade for your MP3,1 would be a GTX 680. ROMs have been posted to this forum and at netkas.org, should be easy to find.

    No, they don't.
     
  3. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    rEFInd or rEFIt
     
  4. CapnDavey macrumors 6502

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    I'm using a GTX680 that I flashed in my 4,1 its a great card HD7950 is also a good option for you!
     
  5. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    No entirely true, there is a power management bug to run 7950 in 3,1. It has work around, but make the 7950 not a good OOTB solution for 3,1.
     
  6. CapnDavey macrumors 6502

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    Oops sorry brain freeze I remember reading that somewhere I'm to old for this s**t hehe
     
  7. sn1p3r845 macrumors regular

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    I've been using a mac edition 680 for awhile now and I've had lots of success with it. I need an upgrade badly though since everything is moving to 4K video delivery.
     
  8. CapnDavey macrumors 6502

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    GTX 680 does 4k just fine here is a demo I made its not 4k but the video on the TV is
     
  9. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    I use rEFInd and it is fantastic.
     
  10. Mac Pro Convert thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the link to the roms and the heads up on rEFIt, i'll look at those later,
    after spending 4 hours online looking I was not up to reading hours of forum posts lol,
    So when I got here I just skimmed over the post thread titles,
    I didn't actually fully read the posts, just skimmed over them.

    As to the NVidia graphics looking sharper than ATI,
    the last NVidia card I used was an EVGA 1.8 Gig Quadro FX 4500
    I bought for doing rendering in AutoDesk so that may be why I thought
    the NVidia cards looked sharper than the ATI cards, I was running a Graphics Rendering card,
    To be honest I didn't even take that into consideration when I made that comment,
    My poor old eyes and brain were getting quite tired after 4 hours of trolling the web lol.

    I did find this site while looking, they do have some Mac roms but you have to do a site search for them.

    https://www.techpowerup.com/vgabios/

    your thoughts on this site please folks
     

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