Mac Pro 1,1 -- Minimum Vid Card for Mavericks?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Kuzbad, May 8, 2014.

  1. Kuzbad macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2009
    Hi all,

    I have a MacPro 1,1 with an ATI x1900xt currently running Lion. I've had a plan to upgrade to Mavericks at some point using the tiamo method, but my plan is now accelerated due to the fact that my video card crapped out today!

    I don't do any 3D work, no gaming, minimal photoshop--I don't need a horse! I'm just looking for a fairly basic card (I'm assuming literally anything will be better than the x1900xt) I can install that will let me install Mavericks?

  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    The absolute minimum that 10.9 will support is the ATI 2400.
  3. jamgold macrumors member


    Feb 27, 2014
    Nvidia gt-640

    I picked up a brand new ASUS NVIDIA GT-640 (PC card) for $99 and it works perfectly (no bootscreen though). I chose this card because it does not require extra power from the motherboard and speeds up standard OSX functions just fine. I am not into gaming or highly graphics intensive applications either.
  4. NOTNlCE macrumors 6502a


    Oct 11, 2013
    DMV Area
    I use a Geforce 405 for my backup card. Drives 2 displays totally fine, cost me $20.
  5. MacVidCards Suspended

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hollywood, CA
    Is it really a 405?

    Seems more likely it is a 450
  6. NOTNlCE macrumors 6502a


    Oct 11, 2013
    DMV Area
    Haha, yeah it really is a Geforce 405. It's a little half size card with a DVI and HDMI port, it's available with a full size bracket with a VGA port as well. I bought it to go in my Inspiron 530S Hackintosh. Of course any graphics intense operations are less than ideal, but hell, for $20 who's complaining?


    Ebay has a few at $45, but my purchase history shows I paid $25 with free shipping. Must have been a good buy.
  7. Kuzbad thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2009
    Thanks for the suggestion I ordered a GT-640 via Amazon Prime, installed it this morning, and it actually even works in 10.7.4! I was afraid I might have to upgrade to at least Mountain Lion before it would work.

    Very cool.
  8. sarthak macrumors 6502

    Nov 19, 2012
    Any possibility of flashing the card to support Boot Screen? I've got an EVGA GT630 which will probably work except no boot screen.

    I've got a MP 1,1 with x5355s but the standard 7300GT. Looking to upgrade it to something that has boot screens.
  9. FireArse macrumors 6502a

    Oct 29, 2004
    Card for 1,1 & Mavericks

    When I first got my Mac Pro 2006 running 10.8, It worked great with my flashed 4870, though the Apple OEM cards were 512MB?

    Plenty on eBay.

    Many instructions around to flash.

  10. matty1551 macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2009
    If you are looking for a "Mac" card, I have an 8800GT that works in Mavericks. PM me if interested.

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