OSX performance of modified ATI 4870s

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by NickyD, Apr 21, 2009.

  1. NickyD macrumors newbie

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    I've been havin gissues with my mac lately and I think it may be the video card. Instead of purchasing another ATI X1900 from Apple, I was considering getting a 4870 and modifiying it to work in my system.

    The main question is have is, how well does the 4870 perform on the Mac Side? I am a photographer and edit thousands of photos at a time often opening 50 or so images in photoshop at once. Is a modified 4870 going to compromise my ability to do this?
     
  2. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    If you buy the 4870 from apple there is nothing you need to modify.
     
  3. MacVidCards Suspended

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    Especially on first Gen Mac Pro, there is really no difference unless you want to run a 24 LED backlit ACD.

    CS4 can't tell the difference.
     
  4. NickyD thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry, I was under the impression that the Apple 4870s don't work in the First Gen Mac Pro. Am I mistaken?
     
  5. MacVidCards Suspended

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    Yes you are.

    I have run both the OEM Mac 4870 and the flashed versions in my First Gen Mac Pro, and I confirmed what was first reported by Barefeats...that first gens run them JUST FINE.
     
  6. NickyD thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well that gives me something to think about... I may be purchasing the card directly from Apple then.

    Just to make sure that I am getting my terminology right, a First Gen mac pro is the MacPro1,1 with 2.66Ghz Dual-Core Xeon processors?
     

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