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.Hi,
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.
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.
Thanks for that, are they quiet, my mac is currently virtually silent and I would like to keep it that way.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.
Have pasted info below and stuff from http://www.appleserialnumberinfo.com below.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?
Mac Pro 1,1 models aren't exactly ideal for running Resolve, for the following reasons: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.
Thanks for your reply.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.