NVGA GTX 285: where can I buy one?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Ricko101, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. Ricko101 macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2009
    I've been looking all over for it... any suggestions ?

    I want a new one, not used...

  2. RebootD macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2009
    NW Indiana
    It is old and has been discontinued. Try Ebay.
  3. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Unless you need CUDA, you're much better off with the 5770/5870. And yes, it has been discontinued.
  4. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    The 5870 is a better card than the 285, but the 285 crushes the 5770.
    The 285 was a 512-bit card (!!!) where the 5770 has measly 128-bit memory.
    (The 285 only had GDDR3 tho, but still it's in another league)
  5. Ricko101 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2009
    Thanks guys... but i forgot to mention I have a 2008 Mac Pro Octo... I guess the 5870 is not "compatible"... I am reading the thread on it as I type this.
  6. Novablas macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2010
    What? Yes it is. It even works with the '06 MPs
  7. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2007
    Yes it does work, it works with all gens!? :confused:
  8. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    OWC still sells the Mac GTX 285, though at quite a premium. ($579.99!)


    And it looks like they're down to their last one.

    They pop up on eBay from time to time, too.

    If I were you, I'd wait for the 5870 upgrade kit or flash one. Unless of course, you need CUDA.
  9. sboerup macrumors 6502

    Mar 8, 2009
    5870 works in all MPs. Apple just doesn't "officially" support them. So if you need service on your machine, just take it out and keep an old card handy.
  10. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    IF you want the GTX 285, I'll be selling mine once I get a 5870. :)
  11. Ricko101 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2009
    Hey guys... good news on the 5870. Thanks, but what do you make of this comment I found it on the Apple site reviewing the 5870:

    The default 2008 Mac Pro contains two 6-pin 75-watt PCIE power cables for graphics cards. Unfortunately, the 5870 requires one 6-pin and one 8-pin 125-watt power cable. Unless you 1) buy a separate power supply and run another wire through a hole in the back of your Mac 2) take out your optical drive and splice the 4-pin 12V with one of the 6-pin PCIE to a bare 8-pin PCIE male connector.

    Short answer: no, unless you are confident in your modding abilities.

    Is this guy for real ?

    I'll post it on the thread "So, who has tried their 5870 in a 2008 or 2006 Mac Pro?"
  12. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Seeing my Mac Pro only has two 6-pin connectors and it's listed as compatible with the Mac Pro 2009, I'm pretty sure whoever answered that is bull S'ing.

    Even if you did need to splice anything, you would just get a 6-in to 8-pin adapter for like $2.
  13. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2007
    It's rubbish.
  14. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    People have run the 5870 just fine in the 2008 Mac Pro. It works.
  15. smchan macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2008
    If you try ebay, be advised there are some people selling PC versions of the GTX 285 that have been re-flashed. The issue isn't the flashing, the issue is these sellers are telling the full story; the cards are represented as "seller refurbished" that have been updated with "the latest Apple ROM". The implication is these cards are used Apple GTX 285s - and they are priced as if they are original cards - when in fact they are not. I noticed one seller sourcing (buying) used GTX 285s off ebay. They show up a week or two later after he's flashed them; usually at a $150+ premium. (That $150 gets you a $2 flash ROM, 2 in-expensive power cables and a few minutes labor for soldering and flashing.)

    Ask the seller exactly what you're buying so you're comfortable (or not) with the card.

  16. Capt. Corduroy macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2009
    Didn't someone dig up preliminary Mac GTX 480 drivers recently? I need CUDA (DaVinici Resolve, CS5, etc.)
  17. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    FYI, the only CS5 app that uses CUDA is Premiere. None of the other apps are CUDA enabled.
  18. cinelab macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2010
    I'm intrested can you e-mail me off list
  19. 3587 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 23, 2008

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