Old Mac Pro graphics card upgrade

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by tnbriggs, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. tnbriggs macrumors newbie

    Feb 2, 2008
    I've got an old (late 2006) Mac Pro Quad (2 x 2 x 2.66 gHz) Xeon 3GB RAM with a Nvidia 7300 GT (256 MB video ram) that is running out of steam (mostly when it comes to Flight Simulator FSX on the XP side). Still running OSX 10.4.11 but I could switch to 10.6.xxx if I have to.

    I've been through this MacRumors post related to graphics card upgrades: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=410804 but its last post is in July 2008, so I can't be sure if there is anything more recent related to card upgrades.

    So the question remains: Is there any good, simple, easy way to upgrade the graphics (512 MB at least) or do I have to buy a new Mac Pro?

    Thanks for any advise (and commiseration).
  2. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    Buy one of the cards that's listed as working in this thread, flash it, and enjoy.

    I have the original Mac Pro and I've got a 1 GB 4890 in my machine.

    If you need instructions on how to flash it, those can be found here.
  3. akadmon Suspended

    Aug 30, 2006
    New England
    I have the same exact hardware as you, though I am running the latest issue of SL (10.4.11, in late 2009? wow, you've lived a sheltered life!). I went with Apple's 4870. A little more money, but no hassles and zero worries. I sleep well at night :)

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