What video cards will Mountian Lion support?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Raytrace, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. Raytrace macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2010
    I've got an early 2008, so I'm OK there, but my X1900 has been reduced to almost worthless as a video card. No dual DVI support, incredibly slow redraws; in fact System Information describes it as an 8MB VRAM card!!

    I'm having a hard time finding much information about what cards will actually work with ML. I'm guessing an Nvidia card..?
  2. gpzjock macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2009
    Radeon 5870, GTX 570 or GTX670 are your 3 best choices at the moment. Check the detailed threads all over this forum for more info about which would be best for you.
  3. Bilalo macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2012
    Oxford, England
  4. DanielCoffey macrumors 65816


    Nov 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, UK
    You could drop an Apple 5770 or 5870 straight in... but I assume you want to try others? Search and read the 570/670/680 threads in the forum and have a good read.
  5. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    Yes the 5770 or 5870 are the only drop in no issue solutions for cards currently available new. Many here use them in 2008 models.

    Picking the best of the other newer PC cards depends on what you are using the machine for, and the trade offs are discussed in several other referenced threads.
  6. Raytrace thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2010
    I have been reading around and deducing that many of those cards would do the job, but I'd also like to see what lesser cards would do.

    I know they aren't as new and whiz bang, but if I'm on a budget maybe the GT120 or an old 8800 would fit the bill. I don't need to have the latest 400-500 or more dollar card. I'm not a gamer. I would be interested in cards that accelerate Adobe CS and especially Premiere.

    And of course Dual DVI out is preferred, and HDMI would be nice too.

    I'm also guessing MacVidCards is a reliable source for products..? He seems very helpful around here.
  7. Mad Mac macrumors regular

    May 15, 2008
    The 5770 is not all roses. I just dropped one in an early 2008 Mac Pro running Lion. Running Cinebench shows 32fps on initial boot but coming out of sleep it will drop to 17fps. 17fps is equivalent to the card originally shipped (ATI 2600). Only a restart will bring the fps back up.

    Apple has some sketchy video drivers and/or sleep mode. A Google search shows there are issues with the 5770 and sleep when running Lion. Apparently it's not fixed with Mountain Lion either. People report not being able to come out of sleep and having the machine totally lock up running Mountain Lion and the 5770.

    After paying 2X the cost of a PC version 5770 card for an official Apple 5770 upgrade card, I'm not too happy with Apple right now.
  8. gpzjock, Sep 3, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2012

    gpzjock macrumors 6502a

    May 4, 2009
    GT120 cards are very pants only desperation should prompt their purchase.
    8800GT cards are now very old, they have a legacy of failure through old age and heat over time. Often they are baked to repair dry joints in the circuit board. Long term, neither of the above are a satisfactory solution in my opinion.
    MVC will sell you a better alternative.
    If you are low on cash a GTX550 can be bought for as little as $115 from Amazon.com and used without a boot screen.
  9. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    Do you think that wake from sleep problem is related to all those sleep problems folks have that are trying to run ML on older MacPros?
  10. G4DP macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 2007
    OP, why have you got an X1900?

    The machines came with a basic HD2600 as stock, with the GT8800 as an upgrade.

    Any modern nVidia card will work. Just remember about the higher cards require power cables and those supplied may not all be compatible with the MacPro. You may need to buy additional cables.

    PM, MacVidCards, he sells all the stuff you need if you choose one of the more powerful recent cards.
  11. Mad Mac macrumors regular

    May 15, 2008
    I'm sure it's all related. When/if Apple will fix the issue is the real question. Hope they fix it since '08 Mac Pros are supposed to be supported.
  12. DJenkins macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2012
    Sydney, Australia
    You need at least a 1GB card for acceleration in the newest Adobe software, so a lot of those older cards will be restricted. The GTX 570 is selling for just over $300, and is lightyears ahead of the 8800 GT etc, I doubt you would regret getting one!
  13. Raytrace thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2010
    Settled on a 1.8Gb GTX285 for $230. I just don't NEED any more right now. And it's light years ahead of the x1900.
  14. goMac macrumors 603

    Apr 15, 2004
    Pretty sure the X1900 isn't even supposed to be working in Mountain Lion. It was never actually even meant to work with the 2008 (even though it does function.) But Apple removed the driver from ML, hence your problems.

    Glad to see you got a new card though.
  15. weezerr macrumors regular

    Nov 7, 2006
    Almost the same price as the GTX 570, not sure why you would get the 285

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