What macpro generation am I?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by efridge123, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. efridge123 macrumors newbie

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    Hey, I'm new to the forums and to macs. I'm having serious video card issues and everything I've read on the subject suggests that the card has heat sink issues and that a new card is required. I'm out of warranty and was just wondering if I had to go through the apple site to purchase a new card or could I just figure out what models are compatible with my mac and purchase one from a retailer or ebay?

    The card I'm using now is ATI Radeon X1900 XT and is PCIe bus. I'm using Mac OS X 10.4.11 and I have a mac pro that I purchased in 2007.

    If there's any additional information I need to post just let me know.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    First-gen.

    You must buy an Apple card. Not one from Apple, per se, but it has to be an Apple card.

    Just get the Radeon 3870.
     
  3. efridge123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is there a good retailer you can direct me to? My card works fine in the OS but when I play WoW (yes, I'm one of those...) it tends to generate artifacts or shut the display off completely.
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Click the link in my post. They're probably the best one out there.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The X1900XT has had its long known heat issues. Since you're on Tiger you're limited to the 7300GT and yet another X1900XT.

    That is unless you have an aluminium iMac to clone the HD2600XT drivers off of.
     
  6. efridge123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I don't. Should I just pick up a 7300GT then?
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It's crap compared to the X1900XT. It'd take a look at a flashed one off of eBay without a non-reference cooler.
     
  8. efridge123 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm pretty new to this. What's a flashed one off of eBay withouta non-reference cooler?
     
  9. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    I'd get Leopard and the 3870.

    Tiger is quite old and clunky.
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I'm surprised you made such an expensive computer purchase without that little bit of knowledge.

    Here is a PC video card flashed with the proper Mac video BIOS. It looks like a VisonTek. The cooler and BIOS that Apple provided with their stock models saw a silent revision to correct heat problems. If you're under warranty I'd give Apple a call first about your overheating GPU.



    Why add that much more to the price?
     
  11. dr. shdw macrumors 6502a

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    Why buy a Mac Pro?
     
  12. alphaod macrumors Core

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    To burn $$$.
     

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