Nvidia quadro k5000

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Maneres, Oct 23, 2018.

  1. Maneres macrumors newbie


    Oct 23, 2018

    I would like to buy a nvidia quadro k5000 for a my mac pro mid 2010.

    I have two options.

    One original apple mac without warranty or another which was flashed but with 12 month warranty

    What option do you think is better?

    Many thanks for your help:)
  2. Alex Sanders74, Oct 23, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2018

    Alex Sanders74 macrumors regular

    Alex Sanders74

    Nov 26, 2013
    Toronto, Canada
    This card was discussed on a couple previous forum posts.



    Seems like there may be better options for you with more horsepower, but it depends on what end use you have in mind.

    Not sure if there is a Mac version of this card with boot screens, but I could be wrong. Macvidcards does not list this model on his webpage, so I'd be a bit cautious if someone is advertising a flashed version. Again, I could be wrong about the Mac ROM for these cards...

    edit: There is a Mac version of this card, so I can imagine that you could flash a PC version. Maybe some of the amazing minds on here can offer feedback on this.
  3. Synchro3 macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2014
  4. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    These were a configure-to-order option in Mac Pros, direct from Apple.
  5. Alex Sanders74 macrumors regular

    Alex Sanders74

    Nov 26, 2013
    Toronto, Canada
    Thanks guys. I was just about to edit the post to reflect that Macvidcard info. Also, thanks for the correction chrfr.

    As for the warranty version vs the original Mac version... I suppose it depends on the condition of the card. Personally I'm a warranty guy, and with a flashed card this might be the best option.
  6. DearthnVader macrumors 6502a


    Dec 17, 2015
    Red Springs, NC
    If you need the Stereo 3D, I'd say go for it, or if you have software that is qualified for the Mac K5000.

    Otherwise your'e just wasting money on an old piece of hardware. Other than the 3D port, none of the other Quadro features work with the Mac drivers, unless this card is supported ECC Ram in the OS X nVidia control panel.

    Quadro cards are not any faster than there Geforce counterparts in software that relies on optimized Quadro drivers.

    Somewhere around here I linked the OS X version of SpecViewerPerf, and it tells no lies, Geforce hardware is just as fast in Pro apps, because nVidia never optimized the OS X drivers for the Quadro line.

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