Upgraded Vido Card Mac 5,1 YOSEMITE

rantingrich

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I need to upgrade my video card. I am using a MAC PRO Mac 5,1 and I have to run OS 10.10.5 YOSEMITE! I want at least 2-4 gigs power . I ma having a problem finding information about ANY card that will run under MAC OS 10.10.5


PLEASE ADVISE

Rich
 

ActionableMango

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Hard to advise without knowing what your needs are. How many monitors, what resolution, typical software use, budget, and do you want to run Mojave later, which requires Metal.
 

rantingrich

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Hard to advise without knowing what your needs are. How many monitors, what resolution, typical software use, budget, and do you want to run Mojave later, which requires Metal.

I do animation, video editing and graphics. I use a DELL U3011 (2560x1600) as my main monitor! I would like to add my old Apple 23 inch flat screen but if not that okay. I HAVE TO STAY WITH MAC OS 10.10.5 for the foreseeable future. BUDGET maybe $400.
 

ActionableMango

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That's plenty of budget. The leading card these days is the RX580, but I think that requires 10.12.6 or newer, IIRC. So that won't work for Yosemite.

For Nvidia I'd get a GTX 680, preferably 4GB but 2GB is probably fine too. You can easily flash these for boot screens and other benefits, the steps are linked to in my signature.

For AMD I'd get an HD 7950 or an R9 280. These are 3GB. These can also be flashed, but it is a little bit more involved.

These cards have the added benefit of Metal support, so that would be helpful if you move up MacOS some day.
 
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rantingrich

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That's plenty of budget. The leading card these days is the RX580, but I think that requires 10.12.6 or newer, IIRC. So that won't work for Yosemite.

For Nvidia I'd get a GTX 680, preferably 4GB but 2GB is probably fine too. You can easily flash these for boot screens and other benefits, the steps are linked to in my signature.

For AMD I'd get an HD 7950 or an R9 280. These are 3GB. These can also be flashed, but it is a little bit more involved.

These cards have the added benefit of Metal support, so that would be helpful if you move up MacOS some day.


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That's plenty of budget. The leading card these days is the RX580, but I think that requires 10.12.6 or newer, IIRC. So that won't work for Yosemite.

For Nvidia I'd get a GTX 680, preferably 4GB but 2GB is probably fine too. You can easily flash these for boot screens and other benefits, the steps are linked to in my signature.

For AMD I'd get an HD 7950 or an R9 280. These are 3GB. These can also be flashed, but it is a little bit more involved.

These cards have the added benefit of Metal support, so that would be helpful if you move up MacOS some day.

What do you think of this.... https://www.ebay.com/itm/AMD-Radeon-HD7950-3GB-Video-Card-for-Mac-Pro-2008-2012-Systems-4K-Metal-Support/132854160316?hash=item1eeeb99bbc:g:PzMAAOSwX61ZBnMj:rk:1:pf:1&frcectupt=true#viTabs_0
 

MIKX

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I got an HIS IceQ HD 7950 here in Japan for around US$ 75 two years ago. I'm pretty sure you can get a better price.
 

Razzerman

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For Nvidia I'd get a GTX 680, preferably 4GB but 2GB is probably fine too. You can easily flash these for boot screens and other benefits, the steps are linked to in my signature.
If I had to get another card, I'd aim for this, for the reasons AM has stated.

I've recently resurrected my 2gb gtx750ti, which is running under yosemite (with nvidia web drivers).
 

ActionableMango

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I think $230 for a 7950 is quite a bit overpriced when you can get one for under $100, get the two cables yourself for $6 each, and either flash it yourself or just run it without boot screens.

But I know everyone's needs and priorities are different. If you want to pay $150 markup to get a turnkey package with a 60 day return policy, I completely understand.

FWIW, the GTX680 4GB has more VRAM, also goes for under $100, uses the same 2 power cables, and is very, very easy to flash.