What graphics card for Mac Pro 2006 (1,1)

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Mong2k, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. Mong2k macrumors newbie

    Mong2k

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    Hi,
    My ATI Radeon X1900 512MB RAM has just failed and unfortunately Apple won't replace it :-( (http://support.apple.com/kb/ts3420)

    So l am trying to find a suitable replacement. I don't have much to spend so definitely looking for a sub £100 card. The X1900 did everything l need so not interested in having anything much better than that if that saves on cost.

    Mac Pro Model 1,1 (2006)
    Bus Speed 1.33 GHz
    Dual-Core Intel Xeon 2.66 GHz

    Any suggestions on suitable cards l could use? I don't mind NVIDIA or ATI.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    You could probably find a cheap, used Radeon HD 4870, Radeon HD 5870 or Radeon 6870.
     
  3. Rustus Maximus macrumors 6502

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    The 5870 has been hit and miss on some Mac Pro 1,1's. It is a great card to be sure but I don't believe your Mac Pro 1,1 will ever see the full potential of the 5870, your architecture just won't utilize it. The 5770 is a much more sensible choice for the Mac Pro 1,1 and it is cheaper both in terms of initial cost as well as power consumption.
     
  4. Neodym macrumors 68000

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    Barefeats comparison for MP 1,1:

    Radeon HD 5870
    Radeon HD 5770
    Radeon HD 4870
    GeForce 8800GT
    Radeon 3870 XT
    Radeon X1900 XT

    Short: 5770 currently probably the best compromise overall.
     
  5. reebzor macrumors 6502a

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    I've had an Apple 5770 in my 1,1 for a while now. No issues
     
  6. Mong2k thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mong2k

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    Thanks for all the quick replies :)

    Looks like the Radeon HD 5770 is a good bet then, I'll have a look round the net.

    Does it matter what version l get?? I see there are quite a few, for example on this page: http://www.misco.co.uk/applications...rytext=Radeon+HD+5770&image1.x=11&image1.y=11

    The Sapphire Radeon HD5570 1GB PCI-Express Graphics Card and XFX Radeon HD5570 1GB PCI-Express Graphics Card look like good possibilities. What does everyone think?
     
  7. Cindori macrumors 68040

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  8. Mong2k thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply but reebzor above says he has used the card in his Mac Pro 1,1 for a while with no issues so surely it must work in a Mac Pro?

    Why is it such a weak card?
     
  9. Cindori macrumors 68040

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  10. Mong2k thread starter macrumors newbie

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    :eek: Oops!! These numbers keep getting me totally confused, lol.

    Annoying when you search a site for Radeon HD 5770 products it comes back with Radeon HD 5570, l didn't even notice!! Thanks for spotting my mistake.

    :)
     
  11. reebzor macrumors 6502a

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    and I am using the Apple branded 5770, the one you can buy from the Apple Store.
     

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