Mac Pro 2,1 (2007) gfx card

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Amigaz, Jan 25, 2012.

  1. Amigaz macrumors newbie

    Amigaz

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    #1
    This question has probably been asked before but cannot find the answer here right now..

    It's time replace my aging Radeon HD4890 in my Mac Pro 2,1 from 2007, which is the fastest gfx card out there today that I can throw in it without buying an overpriced card from Apple?
     
  2. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    I believe the fastest non-Apple card with the least amount of compatibility problems is the AMD 6870.

    If you can hang in there for a few more months, we might see 7000 series support in OS X soon.
     
  3. Amigaz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Amigaz

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    Cool, does Lion have built in driver or do I need to flash the card and apply patches to the OS like I've done to my 4890?
     
  4. Amigaz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Amigaz

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  5. BigJohno macrumors 65816

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    the 6870 will work out of the box. You won't have a boot screen if you don't flash it. Search about the 6870 there are a ton a threads on it.
     
  6. MacVidCards Suspended

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    In a 2,1 he won't have a boot screen even if he DOES flash it.

    A 5870 flashed will at least give a bootscreen via VGA, which is better than no bootscreen if you have a VGA capable display.

    There may eventualy be a EFI for 32byte systems, but not until after Apple releases new GPUs. And even then there are no guarantees.
     

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