What should I do with the graphics card I replaced?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by bocomo, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. bocomo macrumors 6502

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    Seems like a waste to just have it laying around. I replaced my 7300GT with a Radeon 4870 (in a 2nd gen mac pro)

    any interesting ideas?
     
  2. Washac macrumors 68020

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    When I replaced mine I just put the original one in to on e of the other slots as was suggested by somebody here....
     
  3. Icaras macrumors 603

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    Hmm, do you know if that uses up any power, even if it's nothe currently active graphics card?
     
  4. lannister80 macrumors 6502

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    Keep it as a backup in case your new card dies.
     
  5. akadmon macrumors 68020

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    Ditto. That's what I have done. I don't think the card uses that much power. Also, keeping it installed has allowed me to have a second monitor hooked up without the need to buy the expensive (and flakey) Apple DVI-to-Mini DVI cable, since neither of my monitors (see sig) comes equipped with a mini DVI connector.
     
  6. Michael73 macrumors 65816

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    Keep it if it's the original card from Apple in case you have to take it back to be repaired.
     
  7. quantum003 macrumors 6502a

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  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    You can have mine if you want.
     
  9. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Why?
    You want to send off a more expensive card you'd never get back, if it ever had to go in for service/replacement?
     
  10. bocomo thread starter macrumors 6502

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    update:

    turns out i had to keep the old card in the computer to drive an older second monitor. it's a samsung 150s and would not work with the mini display port adaptor

    oh well
     
  11. akadmon macrumors 68020

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    Like I said...
     

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