Mac Pro octo 2.8 ghz & upgrade questions

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by masmullin, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. masmullin macrumors member

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    Hello

    Im thinking about purchasing a 2.8ghz 8 core mac pro from refurb ($2500CND). I have a few questions before I do this though

    Im not a graphics whore, nor will this system be used for games (I need raw number crunching power), but I will need 3+ monitors. along side the ATI 2600 XT that the system comes to, can I buy another ati 2600 xt from say bestbuy and use 4 monitors? Will any stock ATI 2600 xt do... or must I get a "mac special" vid card?

    Do I have to get special mac RAM to upgrade? What would you suggest I upgrade to.

    System Usage:
    I will be heavily using vmware fusion.
     
  2. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    The 2600 would work but it's expensive, despite its age. You do need a Mac version, as it has different firmware (EFI based, rather than BIOS). Take a look at the ATI 3870 PC & Mac edition, as it's less expensive, and you don't seem to want much in the way of raw power. ;)

    If you do a search on the forum, you can find out quite a bit about this card, and the possibility of flashing a PC card. It saves money, but you have to get the right card (correct flash ROM chip) to hold the firmware. It might open up the possibility of using a better card though, if you're interested. ;)

    For memory, you don't need anything Apple branded. OWC would be a good source, as it's the correct specs (800MHz ECC). (The heatsinks Apple used is different from most 3rd party memory, but can be found from other vendors, such as Kingston and Crucial). It's on the memory OWC sells. :)
     
  3. masmullin thread starter macrumors member

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  4. rdav macrumors 6502

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    Mac Pro (2009) Video Cards / Two Dual-DVI ports.

    Is there a compatable video card, for the new Mac Pro line, that supplies two Dual-DVI ports?

    Having to pay another $99 for Mini-DisplayPort to Dual-DVI adaptor is very annoying (for each card).

    And is the older ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT card still good for this new box? Thanks.

    :(
     
  5. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Without the need for adapters or flashing, the only thing I'm aware of for certain, is the nVidia Quadro 4800 for Mac. Not cheap by any means, but does have 2x DVI ports. ;)
     
  6. gotzero macrumors 68040

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    Why not the 285?
     
  7. rdav macrumors 6502

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    nVidia Quadro 4800 / good but no good.

    Thanks. The Quadro 4800 looks like a great video card, but it has way more GPU muscle than we need (and the price $$). Also, it is a double-slotter, so you can only install one on the MP4. And it probably sucks up a lot of juice, which would cripple the other slots. :eek:
     
  8. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    DOH... :eek:

    Cheaper/ish too. :p
     
  9. rdav macrumors 6502

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    Mac Pro v4 / GPU later.

    Guess I'll have to wait until Apple clarify compatibilty and/or further mac video cards start to arrive for the Mac Pro v4.
     

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