New graphics cards & old Mac Pros

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

  1. you39 macrumors regular

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    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 604

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    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

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    And even if 7000 series wont work getting a 5770 is like 5x faster than those cards. Even batter, the 5870.
     
  4. goMac macrumors 603

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

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    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.

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    I should have said could instead of would then. But it could kill backwards compatibility... couldn't it?
     
  6. goMac macrumors 603

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    It could. But it might not. No one knows.
     

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