Radeon HD 4870 Upgrade Kit

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  1. Apple Corps macrumors 68030

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    The answer to this is in one of the several threads that I have seen - but eluding me at the moment.

    So - if I purchase the Apple Radeon HD 4870 upgrade kit to install in my Spring '07 Mac Pro 1,1 - will I find all that is needed in the kit or do I have to purchase special power connectors?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Cindori macrumors 68040

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  3. akadmon macrumors 68020

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    Let me be a little more sepcific than Cindori. The answer is yes and no .
    :)

    Yes to the first part of your question, no to the second.
     
  4. Apple Corps thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I was assuming the yes / no but thanks for confirming my assumption :D :D
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Just be warned, Apple will not provide you with any warranty even if it breaks right away. I know Apple sucks.
     
  6. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Really? How they get away with that?
     
  7. benborman macrumors member

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    I didn't need any special connectors with my kit...

    Also, a spring '07 Mac Pro would just about be out of the extended AppleCare coverage by now anyway, so as far as warranty issues are concerned, you're upgrading at your own risk either way.

    There's really nothing to worry about though. Enjoy your upgrade! Long live the Mac Pro 1,1 !!
     
  8. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    an ATI 4870 Graphics Card would be covered by warranty from Apple when sold separately.


    But since Apple does not list the 2007 Mac Pro under Compatible models, if your card breaks, they will just say "Hey, you used it on a non-compatible machine, so we're removing the warranty of your 4870". It has happened.

    There is NOTHING different in the 2006 / 2007 / 2008 / 2009 Mac Pro as far as Graphic Card compatability goes for the 4870. Apple just wants to sell more machines.

    And the MP 2007 = 2,1 not 1,1 ;)

    it's pretty funny, if you buy a PC card and flash it, you not only save ~200$, and get double the video ram, and get higher clock speed, but you will also get warranty on the card towards the manufacturer (Sapphire, Asus, XFX...).
     
  9. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    LOL.... Funny!
     
  10. Apple Corps thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Cindori - in System Profiler the Model Identifier is 1,1

    When I load the serial number in various sites they show a April 2007 production date

    :confused: :confused: :confused:
     
  11. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    doesnt matter much; 1,1 and 2,1 (2006 and 2007) is the same computer anyway.
     
  12. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Don't worry dude, occasionally apple screws up.
    In one of my MacBooks, under coconutIdentityCard, it shows up as made in "?"

    Someone once asked had it been in for service.. and it hadn't cause I purchased it as New completely sealed product. Go figure...:rolleyes:
     
  13. Apple Corps thread starter macrumors 68030

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    So with an April 2007 production date do I have a 1,1 or a 2,1 :confused:

    The manufacturing location was USA
     
  14. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    If I remember correct, there is a huge difference in graphics compatibility between these 4 machines. Only machines of 2008 and 2009 support new graphics cards that require a 64bit EFI. With a MP 1.1 or 2.1 you're limited to 32bit compatible cards like the Radeon 4xxx series.

    Or am I missing something? I recall that people with an early Pro can't use the GTX285 because of that 64bit issue.
     
  16. Apple Corps thread starter macrumors 68030

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    More Info - it is a "Quad Core 64 Bit Workstation"

    Model A1186

    Part 356LL/A
     
  17. Apple Corps thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Looks like it is a 1,1 (from EveryMac.com)
     

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  18. Cindori macrumors 68040

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    ofc, my mistake, meant for 4870, edited.
     
  19. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Yep, the only way around it, is to put the card in someone else who has a "compatible" Mac Pro's expansion slot and take it in.

    Then miraculously it will be covered. I've had to do that once for a friend. Of course in my case, I called AppleCare and had the replacement sent to me.
     
  20. benborman macrumors member

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    Mac Pro 1,1 - Released August 7, 2006 - Xeon 5150 "Woodcrest" 2.66 (2x 2-core)

    Mac Pro 2,1 - Added as an upgrade option on April 4, 2007 - Xeon 5365 "Clovertown" 3.0 (2x 4-core). Mac Pro 1,1 was still available at this time as the standard option. (There may have been a 2.0 ghz option, IIRC)

    These models were replaced on January 8, 2008 with Mac Pro 3,1, or as we call them around here, "Early 2008 Mac Pro".

    The confusion occurs because the 8-core option was introduced mid-product cycle with a different model identifier.

    Source: Wikipedia
     

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