Video card for WoW

prechrchet

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I have a Mac Pro (1,1) and am running World of Warcraft on it. Currently, my mac is equipped with a NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT video card, and I am considering upgrading it to something a bit stronger.

There is a thread on the wow forums that lists a number of cards, but it is over three years old, and may be out of date. (The card that it suggests for my machine is an ATI Radeon X1900 XT.

Is this still a valid suggestion? Or is there a better card that I can get for $200 or less?

Thanks!
 

prechrchet

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Sounds promising!

Has anyone run this card with Wow? Are there any issues that anyone knows of?
 

Kenndac

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The GT 120 will NOT work on a Mac Pro 1,1.

The Radeon 4870 from Apple works just fine, and my Mac Pro 1,1 runs WoW on a 30" display with all the settings up at maximum at 40FPS+. I bought mine from Apple because I didn't want to go through the hassle and (slight) warranty risk of flashing a PC one. It's a great card, though.
 

hellfire88

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The ATI 4870 is probably the best card you can get now. Highly recommended (plays WoW at max settings for me @ 1920x1200).
 

prechrchet

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I got the card...

and with it came two power cords.

Are they necessary for a Mac Pro 1,1, and if so, where do I plug them in?
 

prechrchet

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follow up question

I finally figured out that I need power cords, but that the ones that came with the card aren't going to work.

I have tried a couple of links mentioned in the threads on this topic, but they only take me to the ATI Store home page.

Any suggestions as to where I can get the cords that I need?
 

DoFoT9

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hmm if you arent aware of what flashing a card is - i REALLY don't insist that you do it.

the X1900 is quite old, but should be pretty reasonable for you - i wonder what other cards are available? you should search for that answer.
 

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Do they fit on a Mac Pro?
Yes, they are normal 6-pin power connectors, you may need a splitter though, but send me pic of your Mac Pro (mainly PSU)

hmm if you arent aware of what flashing a card is - i REALLY don't insist that you do it.

the X1900 is quite old, but should be pretty reasonable for you - i wonder what other cards are available? you should search for that answer.
Well, he could get the same ATI 4870 for 349$ from Apple but that exactly same card was half of that. With Zeus tool, flashing is pretty easy but the problem here is that he has problems installing it
 

DoFoT9

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Well, he could get the same ATI 4870 for 349$ from Apple but that exactly same card was half of that. With Zeus tool, flashing is pretty easy but the problem here is that he has problems installing it
true... pretty expensive hey!

if he can ensure that the plugs/power are correct then i guess that it is worth a try!
 

Hellhammer

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if he can ensure that the plugs/power are correct then i guess that it is worth a try!
Yea and it could work fine without them but not at full power, but so many people has 4870 in 1.1 Mac Pro so he just can't find the right ports/cables.
 

Hellhammer

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yup correcto- are you sure its supported on the 1,1?
Apple says it isn't but it works perfectly

"I have a 1st Generation Mac Pro that I purchased in early 2007. Will it work in that machine?"

"The card works just fine in all apple mac pros: 06,07,08,09 at full speed.

Tested and true.
Running one on my Macpro 1.1 (2006) just fine,installation took 4 min"
 

Dark Dragoon

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You need two power cables which go from the motherboard to the graphics card, I don't think any PC 4870 will come with the correct leads to do this. mine certainly didn't, as unfortunately although they are a standard type of connector they are not widely used by PC's.

The two power connectors are on the motherboard close to where the front fan is located, theres a bit of the plastic housing cut out where the cables plug into the connectors.

I had one which came with the computer as my Mac Pro 1,1 came with an ATi X1900 XT, however I had to buy the second one off eBay. If you search for something like "mac power cable" you should find some.

This is assuming you bought a PC card to flash, if you bought the Apple card then it should come with the correct power cables.
 

DoFoT9

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Apple says it isn't but it works perfectly

"I have a 1st Generation Mac Pro that I purchased in early 2007. Will it work in that machine?"

"The card works just fine in all apple mac pros: 06,07,08,09 at full speed.

Tested and true.
Running one on my Macpro 1.1 (2006) just fine,installation took 4 min"
oohhh right. thanks for clearing that up!
 

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prechrchet

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I bought the one that is linked earlier in this thread from Newegg.

thanks!