New MacPro + 8800GTX?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by b0redom, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. b0redom macrumors regular

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    Hi All,
    Anyone know if I can drop an 8800GTX into the new MacPro? I don't care if it won't work in OSX, but if it will, all the better.

    I already have an 8800GTX, and would prefer to get a new MP with a low end Mac capable card, and use the 8800GTX for Windows.

    Cheers....
     
  2. thebeephaha macrumors 6502

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    Yes it would work but you'd have to play around with what slot you use.

    Also, now with the new Mac Pro out with the 8800GT I smell some creative mods for flashing GT EFI BIOS onto a GTX or some such nonsense.
     
  3. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    I believe the 8800GTX uses a different core (G80) than the 8800GT (G92); if true this means that you won't be able to flash an 8800GTX to the Mac (to use in OS X) - though the card will work in Windows under BootCamp. It does mean that any G92-based card could potentially be flashable - like, say, the GeForce 9800GX2 :drool:.
     
  4. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    now that would be nice :D
     
  5. thebeephaha macrumors 6502

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    The core difference is minimal, same architecture only difference is a die shrink.
     
  6. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    If that's the case the ROMs might be compatible enough to flash a GTX, but if the reference board designs differ by too much it wouldn't work. Flashing is always a reverse-engineering hack, so the more similar the hardware is the better.
     
  7. thebeephaha macrumors 6502

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    This is true, but.. only time will tell I suppose.
     
  8. macz1 macrumors 6502

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    You could try the new GTS with 512 Mb. It has a G92 core as the BTO 8800GT of the mac Pro, consumes less power than the GTX and is sometimes a bit slower, sometimes a bit faster than the GTX
     
  9. ceres macrumors regular

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    The G92 Part has a fully functional video processing unit (pure video hd in nvidia talk) whereas the G80 is crippled in that regard.
     

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