Suggest a graphics card for my Mac Pro (Mid 2010)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by chuckidea, May 19, 2015.

  1. chuckidea macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2015
    I'm running a...

    Mac Pro (Mid 2010)
    ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 MB
    2 x 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    12 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC
    OS X Yosemite (10.10.3)

    I am seeing green pixel noise in the dark areas of the screen (tried different screen--same problem). I thought it was the monitor (HP ZR30W), so did HP, but now I have a new NEC PA302W and--guess what--same problem.

    Best guess from Apple is the graphics card is causing it.

    Can you suggest what to use as a replacement OR what to upgrade to?

    Thanks in advance. Chuck
  2. MacVidCards Suspended

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hollywood, CA
    Try different cable first. AMD cards carry weaker signals, prone to noise if cable not tightly attached or has high resistance.

    A genuinely failing GPU can usually be forced to show weakness by running a hard benchmark a few times. If you can run Uningine Valley 3 times at "Extreme hd" and all it does is green snow, card may not be failing in the "crash computer" sense.
  3. chuckidea thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2015
    Thank you for your suggestions.

    Do you mean the cable between the card and the monitor? Two different monitors, two different cables (plus the one at the Apple store).

    Hate to sound like a neophyte, but I'm not familiar with Uningine Valley--a game?

    Haha... don't know if I'm anxious to kill it.
  4. MentalVizion macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2013
    It's a benchmark ;)

    About suggesting you a graphics card - it would be helpful to know what you wanna do with it.
  5. chuckidea thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2015
    Graphic design

    Adobe Creative Cloud...

    Premiere Pro for video editing > occasional user
    Photoshop, heavy user
    Illustrator, heavy user
    InDesign, heavy user
  6. fastmind macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2015
    The GTX 980 is a good upgrade (especially for CUDA apps)

    I run a PC version in my Mac Pro 5,1 and have been getting great results. However you do have to deal with no boot screen.

    Check out they have some good real world testing information on gpus which work in Mac Pros
  7. SDAVE macrumors 68040


    Jun 16, 2007
    You will need CUDA or OpenCL for Premier Pro. OpenCL also comes in handy for Photoshop, but not required.

    I have a GTX780 Mac version EFI and Premiere Pro is pretty smooth on my 5,1 12 core.
  8. idon21 macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2011
    Any suggestion on how to deal with the lack of a boot screen? I'm looking to upgrade my Mac Pro 5.1 as well. Thanks the card recommendation! Also, any other Cards you'd recommend for gaming within the $200-$350 Range?
  9. gpzjock macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2009
  10. Synchro3 macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2014
    Yes, the GTX 770 is a no-brainer. Full compatible with OS X drivers, when the Nvidia web drivers fail because of an OS X update.

    Same GK 104 chip as GTX 680, but with better Video RAM, especially the 4 GByte version is attractive.

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