PC EVGA 285 GTX working out of the box with Vista Ultimate 64bit via bootcamp?

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  1. Aeroplace macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I have an early Mac Pro 2008 with a Mac EVGA 8800 GT installed.
    I rarely run OSX only Vista Ultimate 64bit via Bootcamp.
    I am thinking about getting the EVGA 285 GTX upgrade for the system.
    The price for the Mac version compared to the PC version is 200%!


    Questions:

    - Can I just buy a PC EVGA 285 GTX and install it next to my Mac EVGA 8800 GT?

    - Do I have enough slots and power to run both cards at the same time?

    - Do I need any kind of special modification of the PC EVGA 285 GTX to run inside Vista Ultimate 64bit via bootcamp?



    I hope to be able to save money and have both cards installed at the same time: One for boot selection / OSX and one for 3d performance in Vista when needed.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    You need a second power supply, inserted in the second ODD bay.

    Either that or a 4-pin molex to dual 6-pin splitter.
     
  3. Aeroplace thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the quick reply.

    - If I get either the 4-pin molex or the dual 6-pin splitter will it work as a normal video card when inside Vista Ultimate 64bit?

    - Are there no other modifications, injections or anything needed?


    If it just works then it sounds like a lot of money saved on just getting a PC EVGA 285 GTX and a power cable!
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You're just going to need the power cable adapters for the video card.
     
  5. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Sure, it'll be fine.

    Well, you can get the netkas injector to allow the card to be recognized and run in OS X without flashing it if you'd like.

    I HAVE the thing, but I don't have any applicable cards, but if it's netkas, it's awesome.
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Netkas injectors!? I thought I was cool. :(

    Either that or flash it for OS X.
     
  7. Aeroplace thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This sounds to good to be true!

    I was a bit confused when reading all the post about the EFI 32/64 Roms, injektions and such. I guess this kind of modification only applies for getting the card to be recognized inside OSX?

    - Can anyone please confirm to be running a PC EVGA 285 GTX troublefree and perfectly inside Vista Ultimate 64bit via Bootcamp?

    I just want to make absolutely sure that it works before I start ordering the PC version. :)
     
  8. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    He posted it here; if I can find it, I'll link it.

    Edit: Boom, baby.

    Vista will see it with no modifications. Download and install that injector in OS X, and you'll be able to use it there, too.
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I have netkas on my buddy list and I try to follow their site even if I don't have a Mac Pro. It's something worth knowing about.

    Sadly one of the few beauties of Windows is the hardware support.
     
  10. Aeroplace thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the quick replys!

    Looks like I will be ordering a PC EVGA 285 GTX very soon! As long as it works for Vista Ultimate 64bit I am happy. I'll probably look into that netkas if I need it recognized in OSX as well.

    - Anyone seen a guide on how to install the 4-pin molex to dual 6-pin splitter?

    - Anyone know a good place to get such a splitter?

    - Is a splitter really going to provide enough power to both cards?


    Getting really excited about this upgrade... :)
     
  11. MacVidCards Suspended

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    Bust open your piggy bank and spend $12 each for proper power cables.

    DO a search for "ATI G5 X1900" and you will find them at ATI store.
    Others have posted links to places for Europe.

    Once you have maxed out and got 2 cables, grabbing a little more juice from Optical bays/SATA power is less of a drag on system
     
  12. Aeroplace thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the replys and the help!

    Looking at the prices for PC EVGA 285 GTX the cost for 1GB and 2GB is almost identical.

    - Now that I have been told that hardware just works nativly as on any PC when running Vista Ultimate 64bit via Bootcamp, can I buy the 2GB or even get a PC EVGA 295 GTX?

    - Also, Could I actually take out the Mac EVGA 8800 GT and just use the PC EVGA 285 GTX because I only run Vista Ultimate 64bit? (Swapping it with the Mac EVGA 8800 GT whenever I need to boot to OSX, which only happens every 6 months or so. )

    - If just running the PC EVGA 285 GTX would I still need the extra power cable mentioned before or will everything be ready to go?

    - Even better, can I have both cards installed in the system and just switch power cables / DVI connections when needed?

    - Eg. can I safely have video card A placed in slot 1 unpowered while using video card B powered in slot 2?


    Btw my Mac EVGA 8800 GT is getting extremely noisy which is part of the reason I want to upgrade. When ever the 8800 is under load the fan spins up till 100% fan speed. Tryed getting Apple to replace it under my warrenty but they told me that I would have to bring in the unit for inspection. Here that normally takes 2 weeks! No videocard for 2 weeks is no go! I wish Apple Care was more like Dell Support in that respect.
     
  13. MacVidCards Suspended

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    Since you have a 2008 Mac Pro, I would suggest that you just pony up for the REAL Mac GTX285.

    It will come with cables and work in BOTH OS's, right out of the box.

    You can save $100 by getting a PC one, but then you need to deal with getting power cables/splitters and have a messy setup sooner or later.

    As far as 8800GT being noisy...blow compressed air BACKWARDS through fan. (end of fins TOWARD the fan itself) I have opened these up and found the front face of radiator completely covered in dust, such that to acheive desired cooling the fan has to spin MUCH faster.
     
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