upgrade graphics card for 2007 macpro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by inlandtange, Aug 12, 2011.

  1. inlandtange macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2007
    Let me say first that I haven't got the slightest idea about graphics cards, for me I plug them in, they work, and they get thrown out a few years later with the dead hulk of my old mac when I replace it.

    I have a May 2007 2 X 3 ghz quad core intel xeon with 12gb of 667mhz DDR2 FB DIMMs (was actually impressive in its time!) I also have a black magic intensity pro card but I know so little I don't even know if you will find that relevant. So obviously no "hacks" or whatever, for me it will have to be best i can do off the shelf.

    I do now want to look at upgrading my ATYX1900 card. I would like to upgrade to Lion , but as I understand my old card is not open CL so won't support it. Anyway Lion doesn't impress me much so far, but I have bought the new final cut "pro" and would like to get the new motion and compressor as well. I know I have very limited options but what are they? Is open CL possible at all. if not what is my next best upgrade option, cost is irrelevant. Thanks a lot.
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    I'd look at getting a 5770 from Apple. No monkey business needed, just install and go, and it's a pretty powerful card.
  3. inlandtange thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2007
    Thanks alust, but anyone have news on Lion compatibility or open CL?
  4. AngryRedTicTac macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2011
    The 5770 is perfectly happy in Lion, and will give the best possible openCL performance for the money on a 1,1. Probably my favorite upgrade.
  5. inlandtange thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2007
  6. Cindori macrumors 68040


    Jan 17, 2008
    if you can hold out 4-8 weeks, new graphic cards are inbound with the release of a new mac pro

    even if they don't work in the old macpros or are too expensive, it will probably cut the price in half for the 5000 series cards

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