Puzzled about (ATi 4870) graphic card upgrades

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by you39, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. you39 macrumors regular

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    I've seen two different versions of the ATi Radeon 4870 being sold at a vendor here, one as a "Mac Pro Update" for 300 € and one "standard" for less than half the price. The former offers a DVI and a Mini-DisplayPort and the latter two DVI Ports. If I tried to connect two DVI Displays to a Mac Pro (and knowing I'm not likely to purchase Apple Displays ever)... wouldn't the standard version be much better - avoiding the DisplayPort-to-DVI hassle, paying less, keeping the original GT 120 in place for an eventual additional display? Or is there anything special to the "Mac Pro Update" version (or the BTO version from Apple for that matter) apart from having the Mini-DisplayPort that I wouldn't need? Does it sit in a "special" slot? Forgive my ignorance, wasn't there something like that, AGP cards(?), in the Power Mac G4 Towers?
     
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  3. you39 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Aha, ok, thanks for the clarification! Well, that did look too easy.
    Nevertheless IS there a "special" graphic card slot in the current Mac Pros?
     
  4. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    No. They are all PCI-express slots. PCI-express superseded AGP in 2004.
     

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