Mac Pro 1,1 -best graphic card?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by osxpete, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. osxpete macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2008
    New Jersey
    I am looking to buy a speedier graphics card for my Mac Pro 1,1 computer. The Nvidia 8800 GT card is not being produced anymore. MacMall recommends the ATI Radeon 1900XT. Has anyone used this card? How reliable is it?
  2. Andrew Henry macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2008
    Or you could get the Radeon 4870, and if you dont want to buy it from Apple, grab a PC version and flash it to work with OS X, you can find more information in the Mac Pro forum.

  3. mmulin macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    The 1900XT is quad old card although it still rocks the 8800GT when it comes to pro applications (FCP etc), not games though but who cares.

    Go with the 3870, which I do now, or check this post of using a 4870/90 PC version:

    And you always can go overboard with a Nvidia Quadro.
  4. mmulin macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    The 4870 doesn't work in a MacPro 1,1 unless it is a flashed PC version.
  5. Andrew Henry macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2008
    False. Even the one from Apple works in the 2006 Mac Pro, it's been confirmed by many users.


    Just so you know I'm not lying:
  6. mmulin macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
  7. Andrew Henry macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2008
    No problem, I just found out recently myself! :cool:
  8. osxpete thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2008
    New Jersey
    The Apple 4870 right out of box?

    So the ATI 4870 works right out of the box with a Mac Pro1,1? I also like the idea of the ATI 3870 because it has two DVI plugs in rather and a regular DVI and a mini dvi. I am using to 20 inch apple displays right now. My graphic card right now is a Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT. Will these two cards be a big improvement over what I have. I am a professional photographer so I work heavily with photoshop, aperture, and some movie editing software.
  9. Andrew Henry macrumors 6502a

    Mar 4, 2008
    No no, listen to me carefully, the PC version of the 4870 needs to be flashed to work with the mac, and it has 2 x DVI ports + HDMI, the best link I can give you in here:

    The card above is WAY better than the one from Apple and has twice the memory, and costs half as much, plus has 2 x DVI ports, just requires a little tweaking.

    Now if you buy the 4870 from Apple it will work out of the box, but you only get one DVI input.

    All of the cards you have mentioned will be a huge improvement over your current one, I personally just put in an order for the card in the link above. Its the best deal, $189.99 for a Radeon 4870 1gb DDR5 and it's clocked higher than the one from Apple, plus has 2 x DVI and HDMI.

    Your choice, it depends how computer proficient you are!

    Hope this helps!

  10. fotoguy macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2009
    Os 10.4

    Due to some of the peripherals that I am using I still use OS 10.4.11.

    Is it possible to use the PC version of the 4870 with OS 10.4.11?

    Is the flash possible with Parallels v3?

    Will the card work with Win XP working under Parallels as opposed to Bootcamp?

    Thanks, Richard
  11. Raidersmojo macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2005
    Burton michigan
  12. lPHONE macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2009
  13. crazyeye macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2010
  14. Hmac macrumors 68020

    May 30, 2007
    Midwest USA
    No, not just any PC card. Do a search here on MR for 4870...there are a lot of threads here on flashing the various 4870 PC version cards out there. From what I can tell, it's kind of a hassle and doesn't always go smoothly, but if you can get it to work, it will save you about $200 over buying the 4870 from Apple. THAT card will work very, very well in a 1,1. I put one in my old 2006 Mac Pro, although I had to buy the $100 dual link adapter because I'm running two 30" ACD's. The flashed PC versions won't run dual link on the second DVI port, so flashing would have been a no-go for me. I just recently bought a 2009 Nehalem Octo and put that Apple 4870 in that. Great card.
  15. Crackpothead macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2009
  16. vlj9r macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2007
    You may purchase them from ati or you can make your own.
  17. senortim macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2011
    What a hassle! In about an hour of googling, this seems like the best option, but I cannot find anyone still carrying this card.

    Does anyone know? Has it been discontinued?
  18. Yooner macrumors newbie

    Feb 15, 2011
    Any luck on a new graphics card for a 1,1?
  19. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Apple 5870 is the best card for MP 1,1.

    Smaller budget, get an Apple 5770.
  20. Sam1487 macrumors member


    Jan 18, 2009
    Between Nottingham & Derby, UK
    A few months on is this still the case? I'm looking at getting a new, updated card for my mac pro 1,1.

    Also, is there a good argument for installing two in the computer?
  21. Ravaroo macrumors 6502


    Aug 26, 2010
    feels like Canada South
    OWC has the 5870 mac video card for $489
    the 5770 is $259
  22. cg2006 macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2011
    Will this card still work if upgrading to OSX 10.7 Lion?

  23. imrtstc macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2010
    i have a flashed IcedQ 4870 that i have in my Mac Pro 1,1 i will sell. works great, except when you flash you cant use the VGA port. I havent tried the HDMI port.

    Make me an offer.
  24. jeremyya macrumors newbie

    Oct 11, 2011
    Is this card still available? I'm interested.
  25. spottycod, Dec 4, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2011

    spottycod macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2011
    Perth, Western Australia
    HD 5770 compatability on the apple online store (Aus)

    Quoting product description for HD 5770 from apple online store:

    "Requires Mac Pro (Mid 2010) with PCI Express 2.0 slot
    Mac OS X v10.6.4 or later"

    I've read various posts saying they have this card running in their mac pro 1,1's but some seem to experience various bugs like dvi port not working & such.

    Does anyone have a definitive answer for this? I want one for my mp1,1 and only run 1x 24" asus monitor at the moment with a dvi to hdmi adaptor, but i dont want to limit future ability to run 2 hi res monitors of some sort. (I'd like to get 2x 27" apple thunderbolt monitors one day.)

    Also, I'm a very noob switcher and wonder why you keep the original 7300 card installed when you put an upgraded card in? Wouldn't you need the 7300's slot to get 16x for the new card? And does mac know its got 2 cards to play with when you install the second card without me having to do anything like find drivers or whatever?

    Thanks so much for your help!!! regards from spottycod :):apple:

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