Mac Pro Early 2008 NVidia 8800 purchasing help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Sharewaredemon, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Sharewaredemon macrumors 68000

    Sharewaredemon

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    Hi,

    I am working at a computer store, and we sell macs. Nifty you might say, until something like what I'm posting about is dropped in your lap.

    We have a customer that wants to buy an 8800. According to the serial number, he has an "early 2008" mac pro. This would be the second revision IIRC.

    Now when you go to the Apple store, you are presented with two 8800s. One for the 1st Gen Mac Pro, and one for the early 2008.

    The product codes for each of these cards respectively are MB560Z/A (for 1st gen) and MB137Z/A (for early 2008).

    When you search MB137Z/A at our supplier's site, you are told that it has been replaced by MB560Z/A.

    So what I am now trying to figure out, is will the 8800 for the first gen Mac Pro work an early 2008 Mac Pro.

    Thanks,
     
  2. AppleMatt macrumors 68000

    AppleMatt

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    You need the newer one. I think it's to do with the bus speed, but I sold my Mac Pro 9 months ago. Anyway, put the 2007 card in a 2008 machine and you'll get a black screen (it'll still boot up).

    It looks like a mistake on their part. If they'd came out with a new part that works in both, you'd expect a new part number.

    edit: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1903282&tstart=135

    AppleMatt
     
  3. Sharewaredemon thread starter macrumors 68000

    Sharewaredemon

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    thank you so much for the quick reply. I knew I could count on the people on this site for an actual answer.
     

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