What video card would you suggest?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by cornedejong, Jul 27, 2015.

  1. cornedejong macrumors newbie

    cornedejong

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    Hi Guys

    I have a Mac Pro 2.1 and i wanna update my graphics card so i can run osx 10.10 and have (at least) 2 displays, preferably 3. What card would you suggest?

    Love to hear your suggestions!

    And as we say in dutch: Groetjes Corné! :)
     
  2. VAGDesign macrumors 6502

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    I suggest AMD HD 7950, future proof for El Capitan, no extra PSU needed (as higher end GPUs need) and you are good with all updates without any driver installation.
     
  3. haralds macrumors 6502

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    Earlier versions will run El Capitan, but not use Metal.
     
  4. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68000

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    Definitely nothing better than a GTX 660. Your CPUs will bottleneck the hell out of performance. You could go from a GTX 660 to a 980Ti and you'll only get like a 10% boost.
     
  5. Fl0r!an macrumors 6502a

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    If you don't want to play games, anything starting from a HD 5770 will be fine, they all support up to 3 displays. I'd avoid Nvidia on a 1,1 or 2,1 as they can't be flashed for bootscreens.
     
  6. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040

    SoyCapitanSoyCapitan

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    Lmao

    What a laugh. My GTX980 in 5,1 scores only a little less than all the reviews of that card on new machines. In compute tasks there is no loss at all. I have videos on YouTube...GTA V and other benchmarks. I can put more.
     
  7. Fl0r!an macrumors 6502a

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    Talking about a 5,1 I'd totally support you, but this thread is about a ancient 2,1... :D
    Something up to HD 7870 or 7950 would be okay I guess, something more powerful would be a waste of money.
     
  8. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68000

    bladerunner2000

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    Yeah, because you're on a 5,1 system... your processors have hyperthreading on top and aren't ancient like the 2,1 Mac Pro. Even a 3,1 Mac Pro doesn't benefit much. I tried going from a GTX 660 to a GTX 960 4GB and only got a 5% performance boost in Battlefield 4.

    Waste of money.
     
  9. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040

    SoyCapitanSoyCapitan

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    Ah ok I thought you referred to all Mac Pro cMP. Sorry and thanks for clarification.

    4,1 and 5.1 will probably show noticeable bottlenecking on the high end cards that come out by end 2016/start 2017. But that will still be an improvement over today.
     
  10. Fl0r!an macrumors 6502a

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    The 3,1 also has some non-CPU-related performance issues (as I've said in another thread, the CPU themselves are perfectly fine for most games nowadays). This thread at netkas shows that even a 1,1 is smoking the 3,1 in some benchmarks using the same GPU, this is a OSX-only bug though. Might explain some of the problems you've experienced on your 3,1.
    Also keep in mind the PCIe 1.1 problem with Nvidia cards in 3,1.
     
  11. DPUser macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think the 5770 supports Metal.

    Edit: As haralds noted.
     
  12. Fl0r!an macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, the OP will have to decide if that matters to him. It's just the cheapest recommendable card (full driver support out of the box, bootscreens).
     

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