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

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

  1. Kuzbad macrumors member

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    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?

    Thanks,
    -K
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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

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    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

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

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    Is it really a 405?

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

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    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?

    EDIT:

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.

    F
     
  10. matty1551 macrumors 6502

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

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