Video card in bootcamp

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by rhettd, May 2, 2009.

  1. rhettd macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2009 Mac Pro, and was wondering if it would be possible to put a PC 4870 video card in it and only use the 4870 in windows with bootcamp, and use the GT120 in OS X?
     
  2. FRKT macrumors member

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    ... err, why would you not want to use the HD4870 in both operating systems? It's compatible and vastly superior to the GT120.
     
  3. rhettd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, that would require flashing the 4870, would it not? Would I still be able to use ATI's latest drivers in windows with a flashed 4870?
     
  4. FRKT macrumors member

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    Mac Pros from 2009 (ie. 'Nehalem'-variants) can be configured with a HD4870 from the Apple Store. To my knowledge, these are ordinary 4870s with a different ROM that enables them to work with Mac OS X and Windows (otherwise one wouldn't be able to run Boot Camp with these cards). If you can get a copy of this ROM and flash your non-Apple HD4870 with it, it should offer the exact same functionality as HD4870s ordered from Apple.

    I have no experience with flashing video cards, however, so you may want to confirm this with someone who does.
     
  5. rhettd thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I should also add that I'm curious about this as well for video cards that aren't supported by OS X
     
  6. FRKT macrumors member

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    Until I realized that a poster called "Whiteyez" in the "Race to dump the 4870 ROM"-thread managed to have OS X recognize an ATI Radeon 4890 (the 4870's successor), I didn't think this was possible. I am also very interested in this.
     
  7. 10THzMac macrumors 6502

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    with a 120 booting the mac you might have more fun with an nvidia GTX card on the windows side - one set of drivers makes life a lot easier and both cards available if you want, for GPU stuff...
     

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