Mac Pro 4,1 Graphic Card options?

WillO95

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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!
 

Synchro3

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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)?
 

WillO95

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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)?
Simplest possible, I'm not using the machine so it just has to work that it doesn't kill itself in a year.....
 

WillO95

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WillO95

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If you can stand without boot screen this card is ok. MVC Version has boot screen.

Don't forget a DP to MiniDP Adapter if you want to use an Apple Cinema Display:

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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?
 

Synchro3

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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.
 
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WillO95

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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.
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
 

nigelbb

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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.
 

WillO95

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