Mac Pro 4,1 Graphic Card options?

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  1. WillO95 macrumors member

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    Hello All!

    I have 2 Mac Pro 4,1 Machines and I need to buy graphics cards for them.

    I've found a second hand GT120 (original card), which sorts me out for one machine. But Now I need to find a card for the 2nd machine.

    This needs to be cheap(ish) but also work well. I want to drive 2 screens, one being the apple Cinema Display (can easily swap out with a standard 1080p display), and then the second screen will go to a TripleHeadToGo making an Ultrawide screen.

    I presume I can't just go out and buy a Nvidia Gefore GT610 and stick that in can I? Nvidia had drivers for ElCapitan for this card, but not having any experience with Mac Pros, I just need to know if this is actually possible? It's about 80 Dollars which is a good price, but it isn't a special Mac card, just a retail card.

    (I know I will have to get an AUX power lead to power the card)

    Alternatively, can someone recommend a good card?

    Thanks in advance for any info!
     
  2. Synchro3 macrumors 65816

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    Do you want a card with or without Boot Screen (Mac EFI)?

    Supported by OS X native drivers, or only Nvidia drivers (could give hassles with OS X udpates)?
     
  3. WillO95 thread starter macrumors member

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    Simplest possible, I'm not using the machine so it just has to work that it doesn't kill itself in a year.....
     
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  7. WillO95 thread starter macrumors member

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    The Cinema is still the old DVI version, but will make sure I get the right stuff

    When you say boot screen, you mean the Apple logo etc? But either way the screen will just start up?

    I just plug it in, start up and then install drivers? Or will it plug and play?
     
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    Plug and Play without installing drivers. Nvidia web drivers are optional, but recommended nevertheless.

    No boot screen: You won't see any screen before the OS X desktop appears. That means no Option boot, boot into recovery partition etc.
     
  9. WillO95 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ah okay! So I will lose recovery mode etc? That might be an issue....I need to set up a fusion drive etc, so this will be necessary! Thanks for your help so far! I found someone who does upgrade kits, and will ask him if they have boot screens
     
  10. nigelbb macrumors 6502a

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    Buy a used PC GTX680 & flash it yourself for the Apple boot screen. It's the fastest natively supported graphics card with a boot screen.
     
  11. WillO95 thread starter macrumors member

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    I know this is a stupid question, but how do you flash a GPU? (Never done it)
     
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