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TechInit

macrumors member
Original poster
Feb 10, 2019
31
1
Scotland
Hey,

So, I've been doing research, and found a out that the best value for money Graphics Card is the Nvidia Quadro 4000. I'm not sure wether to bite the bullet and buy it, or wait until later to buy an RX 560. The Mac Pro is the 3, 1, which can get Mojave when using Dosdude1's Patcher. Looking online, the Quadro 4000 Says in System Report:

Metal: Supported

This is an old Fermi Card, so there is that. I know it should work in High Sierra, but Mojave requires a Metal Supported GPU. I've found that people have gotten the card to work, but with some tearing, and I've also found people have managed to get the GTX 580 to work, which is also a Fermi Card, but its technically different as it's based of the GF110, as apposed to the GF100 Chip. Should I get the 580, the Quadro 4000, or the RX 560? The 560 is probably the better option, as it's way newer than both of those cards, but the Quadro 4000 is a Quadro, and they're useful for stuff like videowork and CAD. Not sure if the 4000 even IS a metal supported GPU, as I've found threads saying they're not. What should I do?

Thanks!
 

tsialex

macrumors G3
Jun 13, 2016
9,712
10,442
Hey,

So, I've been doing research, and found a out that the best value for money Graphics Card is the Nvidia Quadro 4000. I'm not sure wether to bite the bullet and buy it, or wait until later to buy an RX 560. The Mac Pro is the 3, 1, which can get Mojave when using Dosdude1's Patcher. Looking online, the Quadro 4000 Says in System Report:

Metal: Supported

This is an old Fermi Card, so there is that. I know it should work in High Sierra, but Mojave requires a Metal Supported GPU. I've found that people have gotten the card to work, but with some tearing, and I've also found people have managed to get the GTX 580 to work, which is also a Fermi Card, but its technically different as it's based of the GF110, as apposed to the GF100 Chip. Should I get the 580, the Quadro 4000, or the RX 560? The 560 is probably the better option, as it's way newer than both of those cards, but the Quadro 4000 is a Quadro, and they're useful for stuff like videowork and CAD. Not sure if the 4000 even IS a metal supported GPU, as I've found threads saying they're not. What should I do?

Thanks!
Fermi GPUs are not supported with Mojave, only Kepler. No AMD GCN GPU (HD7xxx on wards) works with High Sierra or Mojave and MP3,1, drivers need SSE4.2. High Sierra can be hacked with Sierra drivers, but not Mojave.

MP3,1 are restricted to NVIDIA Kepler GPUs and Mojave.
 
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TechInit

macrumors member
Original poster
Feb 10, 2019
31
1
Scotland
Fermi GPUs are not supported with Mojave, only Kepler. No AMD GCN GPU (HD7xxx on wards) works with High Sierra or Mojave and MP3,1, drivers need SSE4.2. High Sierra can be hacked with Sierra drivers, but not Mojave.

MP3,1 are restricted to NVIDIA Kepler GPUs and Mojave.
Okay, thanks! Probably going to get the GTX 670, as they're somewhat cheap, and do work on Mojave. They also peform fairly well in 2019!
 

AlexMaximus

macrumors 65816
Aug 15, 2006
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Okay, thanks! Probably going to get the GTX 670, as they're somewhat cheap, and do work on Mojave. They also peform fairly well in 2019!

Chances are high in your favour to have a good result with 670.
I used to have a 680 that was the best non-mutant card ever. If you would have a slightly larger budget, a classified 680 with 4GB or even a Quadro K5000 might work as well. There are sometimes cheap cards available from old workstations that can be flashed to apple efi specs. It works for sure on the 5.1, the question remains does it work on the older 3,1. Maybe Alex knows an can confirm this theoretical mir expensive Mojave option.
 

OS6-OSX

macrumors 6502a
Jun 13, 2004
920
694
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I've found that people have gotten the card to work, but with some tearing.....

4000 works in Mojave but with only 2GB it's really a nogo! 4000.png
 

chrfr

macrumors G4
Jul 11, 2009
11,191
4,762
Hey,

So, I've been doing research, and found a out that the best value for money Graphics Card is the Nvidia Quadro 4000. I'm not sure wether to bite the bullet and buy it, or wait until later to buy an RX 560. The Mac Pro is the 3, 1, which can get Mojave when using Dosdude1's Patcher. Looking online, the Quadro 4000 Says in System Report:

Metal: Supported

This is an old Fermi Card, so there is that. I know it should work in High Sierra, but Mojave requires a Metal Supported GPU. I've found that people have gotten the card to work, but with some tearing, and I've also found people have managed to get the GTX 580 to work, which is also a Fermi Card, but its technically different as it's based of the GF110, as apposed to the GF100 Chip. Should I get the 580, the Quadro 4000, or the RX 560? The 560 is probably the better option, as it's way newer than both of those cards, but the Quadro 4000 is a Quadro, and they're useful for stuff like videowork and CAD. Not sure if the 4000 even IS a metal supported GPU, as I've found threads saying they're not. What should I do?

Thanks!
I've installed Mojave in a 2012 Mac Pro without having to do anything with the drivers or anything else. The Mojave installer properly recognizes it, but I did see some artifacts when moving windows around. I did not do extensive testing as I just needed to be able to get Mojave installed and running on a Mac Pro for specific testing that did not rely on graphics performance.
 

basslik

macrumors 6502
Feb 22, 2008
258
19
I have a question regarding the Quadro 4000 if I may.

I guess I'm staying on High Sierra with the useful info provided by Alex. Anyhow I have *two* Quadro's running. I installed the appropriate drivers from NVIDIA 387.10.10.10.40.140 along with CUDA 418.163.

After I installed CUDA it won't let me login in to my computer, but if I shut down and disconnect the second monitor and restart the computer automatically boots up fine. I've tried switching to ( allow access to all users ), from restrict access to admin's only and it still won't let me boot with two monitors plugged in ?

Will only let me login with only one monitor plugged in. I tried to research and found an article about Xcode needs installed ? THANK YOU
 

basslik

macrumors 6502
Feb 22, 2008
258
19
Yeah it's weird that I can't run both on boot up. Going to uninstall CUDA and see if that makes a difference.

Probably don't even need CUDA since I'm just working in audio on Pro Tools and not doing any video intense work. THANKS

May I ask what High Sierra build you have. I have GPU Driver Version 387.10.10.1040.140 / CUDA 418.163 and have a red Exclamation mark on the page.
 
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