New graphics cards & old Mac Pros

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by you39, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. you39 macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2010
    I consider replacing one of my GT120s. Assuming there will be a conventional 2012 Mac Pro: What's the word on the graphics card candidates? Is there any educated guess towards their downward compatibility with older Mac Pros, 2009s fe? Would thunderbolt become a spoiler here?
  2. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    My personal guess, and it is just a guess, is that we'll see a new MP in 2Q.

    GPU will be AMD 7000 series that is not officially backwards compatible with older MP, but will work in older MP anyway by using a power cable adapter.
  3. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    And even if 7000 series wont work getting a 5770 is like 5x faster than those cards. Even batter, the 5870.
  4. goMac macrumors 604

    Apr 15, 2004
    The Thunderbolt question is one no one knows the answer to.
  5. you39 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2010
    I know they're slow, but I could hold out a bit if there's a chance for a 10x faster solution for the same money.


    I should have said could instead of would then. But it could kill backwards compatibility... couldn't it?
  6. goMac macrumors 604

    Apr 15, 2004
    It could. But it might not. No one knows.

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