video card options for mac pro 2008 version?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by j2048b, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. j2048b macrumors 6502a

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    I think my video card is taking a dump on me and here is why:

    I get a blue screen every once in a while, even when i tried to boot off the dvd of osx for troubleshooting tests.

    both of my screens will turn blue and the mouse will freeze a bit,

    BUT if i am typing something it just continues to show up as though i am looking at the screen.

    So i have come to the conclusion it is my video card, are there any tests i can run to solidify this?

    it is a
    ATI RADEON HD 2600,

    mayb it could be something else?

    (i have tried to reset the PRAM, and everything like that and a no go, apple said it is a hardware issue and not a software issue, i need to take it to a service center but before i do, i want to run as many tests as possible)


    any suggestions towards tests i could run, and other compatible video cards?


    thanks
     
  2. j2048b thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    so no options whatso ever i guess? thats cool!

    bump for some assistance!!


    thanks
     
  3. TK2K macrumors 6502

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    WEll there's the 8800GT which is nice, and the 4870, the latter is a better performer but also is more expensive and louder
     
  4. TheStrudel macrumors 65816

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    Your options are 8800 GT - not a great performer for the money - Radeon 4870, a better performer but also expensive, or a GTX 285 - currently the performance crown, but very expensive indeed. Alternatively, you could flash a PC version of one of these cards, or buy one off of somebody else, and probably save a bit of money, but they come with their own downsides and aren't -approved (for example the PC 4870s don't have a mini Display Port and don't have dual-link DVI working on both ports).
     
  5. TK2K macrumors 6502

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    another thing to note is if you need a better GPU for windows only, any PC version will work in a mac pro under boot camp, just so you know all your options
     
  6. turtlebud macrumors 6502a

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    3870 is also an option - less expensive than the 4870 and performs better than the 8800 (I think). Here's a summary from what I know:

    ATI 3870 - $220 @ owc
    NVIDIA 8800GT - $280 at bhphoto
    ATI 4870 - $350 @ apple
    NVIDIA GTX 285 - $450 @ apple

    You might be able to find the 4870 or 285 for a little less at provantage or somewhere else if you shop around - those are just the retail prices for those two cards. I think 3870 is probably the best bang for your buck if you don't want to spend a lot on a replacement card. 4870 is probably the fastest "stable" card right now. 285 has the most potential.
     
  7. j2048b thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    wow thanks everyone!!

    so does it sound like a video card problem with what i explain happens ?

    i hope that is all it is, this computer is the replacement for the last one with a bad mb,

    that would be 2 bad ones within about 1 year's time.

    no great, even for apple!:apple:
     

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