MacPro [12345],1 upgrades. Which GPU for under $200? Under $150?

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  1. rpseguin macrumors member

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    I am configuring an 8 core MacPro 4,1 for my brother.
    I've already bumped up the RAM and put in a boot SSD which make it really snappy, but I want to do a bit more.
    I can't afford to upgrade the CPUs right now (would love to get W5590s or 12 core setup), so I will wait for prices to fall or until I find a screaming deal on a matched pair of W5590s/X5680/X5690/... CPUs.

    For a MacPro 4,1, what is a good GPU/graphics card to get?
    Criteria: good performance, at least 1 mini-displayport connector. Would be nice if it has 4K/HDMI 1.4 capability...
    Under $200?
    Under $150?
    Under $100?


    Same questions for MacPro 1,1 2,1 and 5,1
     
  2. MacUser2525 macrumors 68000

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    Good luck with that meanwhile an extremely affordable 12 core setup can be had for ~$300 using x5650s.

    Doubtful you will find the 4k for them prices. Again for another ~$300 you could go with a used gtx 680 PC card flashed with the Mac ROM.

    Edit: The 680 has full sized display port on the models I have had/seen.
     
  3. rpseguin thread starter macrumors member

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    Good to know. Holding off for now, but hoping...


    Full sized DisplayPort should be fine. I just want to be sure that he can drive a TV with audio. Ie, DVI doesn't cut it.
     
  4. gpzjock, Jan 27, 2014
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    They all have had hdmi as well so should be good for a TV using that too.
     
  6. rpseguin thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok.
    Thanks!
    I will some digging.
    I do know that my ATI Radeon 5770 does work for 4K through the mini displayport connector via one of the Accell MDP->HDMI active adapters, but I also know that card is old.
    Would prefer to use Nvidia if I could.

    I might be able to get a PC Nvidia GTX-680 for a good deal.

     
  7. gpzjock, Jan 30, 2014
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    Techpowerup's GPU database reckons that the 660ti renders faster than a standard 760, despite having a smaller memory bandwidth and lower clock speeds, making it quicker and cheaper:

    http://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/364/geforce-gtx-660-ti.html $200

    http://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/1857/geforce-gtx-760.html $220

    An overclocked 760 will beat the 660ti, just:

    http://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/b2349/asus-dragon-gtx-760-directcu-ii-top.html $240

    The 770 hammers them all:

    http://www.techpowerup.com/gpudb/1856/geforce-gtx-770.html
     
  8. rpseguin thread starter macrumors member

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    https://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/HD7970DC2T3GD5/

    Has anybody tried one of these Asus HD 7970 DirectCU II graphics cards in a Mac Pro?
    Got it working?
    Any problems?
    I am thinking it might take too much power; it says max power consumption of 300W...

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    That's good.
    Which is quieter?

    Thanks!

    Since Costco has the Toshiba 65" 3D 4K display for sale for $3000 right now, I brought my MacBook Pro 17" with the Accell mini-displayport -> HDMI 1.4 active adapter in (which drives my Seiki 4K just fine).

    I was trying get the Toshiba to run at 4K, but it would only come up as 1080p. Higher resolutions were not available.
    When I tried setting it to 30Hz (what I use to drive the Seiki 4K), the Toshiba wouldn't sync at all.



     
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