MacPro (bootcamp) with high end graphics card

crazycat

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Is it possible to run the a MacPro under bootcamp all the time using a high end Nvidia or ATI graphics card?

I would like to use the MacPro as a gaming PC.

Thanks
 

Cindori

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Boot Camp is a tool to partition hard drives. You are asking if you can boot windows. Yes, a Mac Pro is a PC and it will boot windows. And yes, a Mac Pro booting windows can use any windows compatible graphic card.
 

crazycat

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Boot Camp is a tool to partition hard drives. You are asking if you can boot windows. Yes, a Mac Pro is a PC and it will boot windows. And yes, a Mac Pro booting windows can use any windows compatible graphic card.
I am sorry if my question was not clear enough. I have used bootcamp before, i was just asking if for example i can get a ATI 5700/5800 or an equivalent Nvidia card and get it working. I know these high end card wont work with OS X because of lack of drivers.
 

Cynicalone

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I am sorry if my question was not clear enough. I have used bootcamp before, i was just asking if for example i can get a ATI 5700/5800 or an equivalent Nvidia card and get it working. I know these high end card wont work with OS X because of lack of drivers.
Simple answer is yes.

Any card that works in Windows will work.
 

Cindori

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I am sorry if my question was not clear enough. I have used bootcamp before, i was just asking if for example i can get a ATI 5700/5800 or an equivalent Nvidia card and get it working. I know these high end card wont work with OS X because of lack of drivers.
people keep misunderstanding what bootcamp is. Bootcamp does not have anything to do with booting windows.
 

crazycat

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people keep misunderstanding what bootcamp is. Bootcamp does not have anything to do with booting windows.
I understand what bootcamp is, i was just worried that the MacPro's motherboard is not compatible and i wanted to make it clear how i will use the system.

Thanks for the info guys, when i install the graphics card i will give a little update on how well its going and the kind of FPS i am getting with a few games.
 

CaptainChunk

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Bootcamp simply emulates a PC BIOS prior to the Windows boot-up process. After that, your Mac Pro is for all intents and purposes an ordinary PC and you can use any graphics card you want.
 

MacVidCards

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I am sorry if my question was not clear enough. I have used bootcamp before, i was just asking if for example i can get a ATI 5700/5800 or an equivalent Nvidia card and get it working. I know these high end card wont work with OS X because of lack of drivers.
you can easily use 5870 in OSX

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