OpenCL card for MacPro1,1

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by funkytwig, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. funkytwig macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2011

    I have a 2008 MacPro1,1 and am looking for a card that is comparable with FCPx/Blackmagic DiVinche Resolve. I am looking at nVidia 8800GT.

  2. initialsBB macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2010
    The best official Open CL card as of now is the mac ATI 5870. It is reported to be compatible with all (almost?) Mac Pro models regardless of what Apple says.

    BAREFEATS Mac Pro 2008 GPUs: Radeon HD 5870 + 5770 versus older GPUs
  3. funkytwig thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2011
    Thanks, can it run dual monitors. I should of mentioned I was on a (student) budget but do want dual head. A used NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT may be my best option.

  4. initialsBB macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2010
    Oh, student budget ^^

    8800 GT should be fine, but maybe look too see if you can't get a good price on a mac edition ATI 4870, it performs better in openCL than the 8800.
  5. funkytwig thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2011
    Thanks for that, are they quiet, my mac is currently virtually silent and I would like to keep it that way.

  6. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    Surely the GTX285 would be the best OpenCL card for the 2008 MacPro.

    Check ebay for flashed ones if your on a budget. Best OpenCL card on the mac.
  7. ashman70 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2010
    You can't have a 2008 Mac Pro 1,1 the Mac Pro 1,1 was introduced in 2006, the Mac Pro from 2008 is a 3,1

    Can you paste a screen shot from About this Mac to show us?
  8. funkytwig thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2011
    Have pasted info below and stuff from below.

    I know the CPUs were upgraded to 3Ghz. So I guess the question is does the nVidia 8800GT (or any other openCL cards) work with it.

    Model Name: Mac Pro
    Model Identifier: MacPro1,1
    Processor Name: Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    Processor Speed: 3 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 2
    Total Number Of Cores: 4
    L2 Cache (per processor): 4 MB
    Memory: 6 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.33 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: MP11.005C.B08
    SMC Version (system): 1.7f10
    Serial Number (system): CK7430BY08S
    Hardware UUID: 00000000-0000-1000-8000-0017F20F07FC gives me:

    Model: - Mac Pro (CTO) V2
    Codename: - ?
    Build Country: - Your Mac was built in Cork, Ireland.
    Build Year: - Your Mac was built in 2007.
    Build Week - Your Mac was built in week 43 of that year (October).
    Production Nr.: - Your Mac was number 406 to be built that week.
  9. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    Mac Pro 1,1 models aren't exactly ideal for running Resolve, for the following reasons:

    1. The only officially supported CUDA cards for Resolve are the GTX 285 (no longer made) and the Quadro 4000 (expensive) - and neither one of them will function in a 1,1 machine (both cards need EFI-64). ROM chip/firmware-hacked GTX 460/470 cards are also known to work (unofficially). But again, these need EFI-64 and they will NOT work in a 1,1, which is EFI-32.

    2. The ideal setup for Resolve is one graphics card for running the GUI (a cheaper, less powerful card like the GT 120, 5770, etc.) and a separate CUDA card dedicated to GPU processing (GTX 285/460/470, Quadro 400).

    Now, you CAN run Resolve with just an OpenCL card but it's not nearly as fast and you lose the noise reduction features (which require a supported CUDA card). The cheapest way to go here would be to buy an official 5770 card from Apple or flash a PC version.

    With that said, 2008 (3,1) and above Mac Pros are much better platforms for running Resolve properly.

    FCP X will work on practically anything that supports OpenCL, including the 8800 GT. But do note that the 8800 GT is a pretty dated card by today's standards. It makes a lot more sense just to get a 5770 which is both faster and more readily available.
  10. funkytwig thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2011
    Thanks for your reply.

    According to the the 5770 works wit MacPro1,1.

    I have also read that people have had the 8800 GT working with MacPro1,1 and also it works with Resolve. I have posted a question to the DiVinche forum.

    I am a student and am looking at having a play with Resolve Lite. If can only use 3/5 nodes that OK, my main focus in Picture Editing.


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