MacPro4,1 with ATI Radeon HD 4870 AND GTX 670?

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  1. Atomino macrumors newbie

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    I'm a graphic designer and an hardcore gamer too.
    I have a Mac Pro 4,1 with a single Quad-Core Intel Xeon2,93 GHz and a ATI Radeon HD 4870 (the original one, from Apple Store) and it works very well.
    I want to use the original card in OSX and add a new GTX 670 to use in Windows (BootCamp) for gaming. Will it works?

    Maybe will the GTX 670 works in OSX (Mountain Lion) too? so can I use a single card for every OS?

    And the GTX 680?

    p.s. My english is horrible, I know. Sorry :(
     
  2. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    670 works out of the box in OSX, just no boot screen.
     
  3. Atomino thread starter macrumors newbie

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    And the 680?

    I have a 1440p monitor and the 680 is very suitable for this resolution.



    And for the boot screen? what you suggest?


    I just modded my MacPro 4,1 to MacPro 5,1! Yeah!!! ^_^
     
  4. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    it works too... you cant get boot screen yet. but it works fine to just set Startup Disk in system preferences if you need to boot windows...
     
  5. Atomino thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Out of the box?
    With the normal power supply and no tricks?


    I remember Startup Disk from my old Mac Pro 1,1 (in Mac OS and Windows)... so everything is perfect!


    If I need a bootscreen (maybe for a disk check) I can mount the old 4870 ^_^


    edit: can you suggest a gtx 680 card?
     
  6. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    yup, but some GTX 680 require one 6x port power cable and one 8x port. I think it will work fine with an adapter like this

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    but don't take my word on it.

    generally, I have always preferred Gigabyte and their Windforce cards with triple fans. very quiet.

    also, u need mountain lion.

    I am using a GTX 670 right now in OSX (but hackintosh)

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  7. Atomino thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I owe you! :cool:

    I already have Mountain Lion, so I can sell my gaming PC (i5 2500k with a lot of cool stuff :p) and buy a bad ass graphic card... I'm so happy (I don't like have many computers)!!!


    And everything work fine (Adobe CS6, Maya, etc.)?
     
  8. chiefroastbeef, Sep 8, 2012
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    Yep no tricks, just be CERTAIN that the GTX card you get has two 6-pin power plugs, just like the 4870's two 6-pin power plugs, and you'll be fine. Some cards have a six pin plug, and an eight pin plug, most people say the the only safe way to power that eight pin plug is to get a separate power supply, which is costly and PAIN in the BUTT. So stick with 2 six pin power plug cards... :)

    I have the EXACT same setup as you do (only that I upgraded to 5.1 efi, and switched to a 3.33 6-core CPU just now), and I swapped the 4870 for an overclocked 670, it is plug and play. As long as you can live with a black screen until the computer gets to the log-in screen.

    Though after installation, I did do the Netkas opencl mod and installed the CUDA drivers from Nvidia's site.

    Check the last few pages of this thread, most of the 680 cards will be fine, as long as the two power plugs are both six pin plugs, and not a six pin and eight pin.

    680 cards that are currently used by someone with a Mac Pro:

    -MSI 680 GTX Twin Frozr 4 G
    -EVGA GTX 680 SC (2GB or 4GB ram, both are 2 six pin according to specs)
     
  9. Atomino thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I upgraded to 5.1 efi today after the first post ^_^


    Can you post a link for that?

    Tank you guys :cool:

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    Terrible doubt: Will I be CPU limited in videogames (in Windows, of course)?
     
  10. chiefroastbeef macrumors 6502a

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    Nvidia Driver for Mac: http://www.nvidia.com/object/cuda-mac-driver.html
     
  11. Cindori macrumors 68040

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  13. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    well I did not know that, I pulled it from multibeast package.
     
  14. Atomino thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm thinking about a Hackintosh with my PC (i5 2500k, gigabyte mobo and gtx 680 4GB)... Cidori, do you advise me this option (and sell my Mac Pro)?

    An Hackintosh like this will be more powerfull of my may Mac Pro... but will it be also a STABLE machine for work?

    It's a good choice for two monitor setup (one Dell 2560x1440 and a Samsung TV 1080p)?
    And for three monitor setup (one Dell 2560x1440, a Samsung TV 1080p and a Cintiq 22HD 1080p)?


    As always sorry for my terrible english :p
     
  15. Asgorath macrumors 65816

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    The TDP of the GTX 680 is well below 225W, so yeah, an adapter like this should be fine. It's only a problem with a card like the GTX 580 that has a TDP around 245W, I'm not exactly sure why the 680 even has an 8-pin connector.
     
  16. Atomino thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have not bought the card yet... I'm looking at ATI's cards: can I use a 7970 card in my Mac Pro 4,1 (patched at 5,1)? What I need (drivers, specific apps, etc.)?

    There is a guide for noobs?

    Will it work fine with Maya, Cinema 4D and Adobe CS6?
     
  17. Tesselator macrumors 601

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    Numbering more than the stars themselves...

    Of course. You don't think they would release an expensive display adapter that didn't work well do you?


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  18. malthe macrumors newbie

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    How about the geforce - 660 ti ?

    Which is rated at the top 7 best graphic card on http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html

    Does that also work out of the box no matter the model - just without boot screen?

    Or the Radeon HD 7870?

    I like both because of the much lower power consumption.. :)
     
  19. Atomino thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I play in 2560x1440 so the battle is between the 680 and the 7970.


    A 5,25" power supply (for the DVD drive bay)? link please :D
     
  20. Atomino thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Link, please?
     
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