Video card for pre-Nehalem 2008MP

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by holyjohn, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. holyjohn macrumors regular

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    Hi all,
    I've done quite research on upgrading video card on this forum but I couldn't find satisfactory answer so I am writing one.

    My understanding so far is that any PCIe video card will work on Windows boot camp but they are not necessarily compatible with OSX. Also, in order to make a PCIe video card compatible to Mac, I understand i need to flash the video card.

    What are the successful video cards you know that can be installed in pre-Nehalem 2008 mac pro? By this i mean any video cards that are compatible with mac osx. My card is ATI x1900 and its pretty outdated. Any advise or corrections to my understanding would be appreciated.


    Thanks!
     
  2. sboerup macrumors 6502

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    Your best bet would be to get the new 5770. It's about as fast as the previous 4870 but cheaper and less power hungry. You could also get the 5870. But note, it sounds like Apple officially won't support either of these 2 cards, but they will work.
     
  3. Cindori macrumors 68040

    Cindori

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    Sweden
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    from apple:

    7300GT
    HD3870
    X1900
    8800
    4870
    285GTX
    5870

    from flashing pc card:

    8800
    4870
    4890
    and recently, 5870 & 5770


    all listed by performance, lowest first
     
  4. holyjohn thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys,
    I purchased 5770 and will let you know how it is after flashing the video card!
    Your help is much appreciated :)
     

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