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klhr890

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Jan 2, 2015
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Hi there,

My early 2008 model Mac pro's memory card just failed. Looked online and couldn't find anywhere to buy a new one. Lots on eBay but would prefer new.

Apple recommends the following:
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (part number 630-9191 or 630-9897)
NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600
ATI Radeon HD 4870, offered as an upgrade kit

but does anyone else know if other graphics cards (more recent) are also compatible?

thanks for the help!
 

sigmadog

macrumors 6502a
Feb 11, 2009
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just west of Idaho
I currently have a Radeon 5770 in my 2008 3,1 and it runs fine. There are others out there that will also work in the 3,1 but I don't know all of them.

The 5770 doubles the VRAM of the 2600 XT to 1GB. I picked it up new for about $230 a couple years ago.

There are some cards that go as high as 3GB VRAM (I think the Radeon 7970 is one), though I can't say anything about them as I haven't tried them.
 

RoastingPig

macrumors 68000
Jul 23, 2012
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SoCal
Hi there,

My early 2008 model Mac pro's memory card just failed. Looked online and couldn't find anywhere to buy a new one. Lots on eBay but would prefer new.

Apple recommends the following:
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (part number 630-9191 or 630-9897)
NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600
ATI Radeon HD 4870, offered as an upgrade kit

but does anyone else know if other graphics cards (more recent) are also compatible?

thanks for the help!

pretty much every nvidia 600 series and 900 series. no 690

ati 5770 5870. amd 4870 6870 7950

the ndidia770 and 780 go over the tdp as well as the amd7970.

none of these card will give you boot screens unless flashed with efi.

theres a really informative sticky about upgrading stock graphics cards in all mac pros HERE
 
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Macsonic

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Sep 6, 2009
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Hi there,

My early 2008 model Mac pro's memory card just failed. Looked online and couldn't find anywhere to buy a new one. Lots on eBay but would prefer new.

Apple recommends the following:
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (part number 630-9191 or 630-9897)
NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600
ATI Radeon HD 4870, offered as an upgrade kit

but does anyone else know if other graphics cards (more recent) are also compatible?

thanks for the help!

More recent cards are the Nvidia 680gtx 2Gb vram Mac Edition and the Sapphire Radeon 7950 3Gb vram. You can still find them as brand new. Other choices include the Radeon 5770Hd or the 5870Hd but brand new ones may not be available. Better go with cards that have 1gb vram.
 

Tucom

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Jul 29, 2006
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More recent cards are the Nvidia 680gtx 2Gb vram Mac Edition and the Sapphire Radeon 7950 3Gb vram. You can still find them as brand new. Other choices include the Radeon 5770Hd or the 5870Hd but brand new ones may not be available. Better go with cards that have 1gb vram.


Doesn't matter if the cards have 1GB VRAM or not, better go with cards that have MORE, actually.


As for the 680 and 7950 - one of them isn't compatible with the 3,1 MP's, not sure which one though. Do some research OP - and, if you have the budget, get one of them (whichever one is compatible), as it should give you the most for your money.
 

Macsonic

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Sep 6, 2009
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Doesn't matter if the cards have 1GB VRAM or not, better go with cards that have MORE, actually.


As for the 680 and 7950 - one of them isn't compatible with the 3,1 MP's, not sure which one though. Do some research OP - and, if you have the budget, get one of them (whichever one is compatible), as it should give you the most for your money.

I have the Nvidia 680 gtx mac edition and used this GPU when I still had my 3,1 Mac Pro and works fine without issues. I don't have the 7950 so I could not comment on that.
 

Tucom

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Jul 29, 2006
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I have the Nvidia 680 gtx mac edition and used this GPU when I still had my 3,1 Mac Pro and works fine without issues. I don't have the 7950 so I could not comment on that.

Sounds right, I think it was the 7950 that was for 2009+ MP's only.
 

Macsonic

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Sep 6, 2009
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More recent cards are the Nvidia 680gtx 2Gb vram Mac Edition and the Sapphire Radeon 7950 3Gb vram. You can still find them as brand new. Other choices include the Radeon 5770Hd or the 5870Hd but brand new ones may not be available. Better go with cards that have 1gb vram.

To the Thread starter:

Edit: Just correcting my post about the Sapphire 7950. According to the OWC site, the 7950 is not compatible with the 2008 Mac Pro. http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Sapphire/100352MAC/
Sorry for the confusion.

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Sounds right, I think it was the 7950 that was for 2009+ MP's only.

Yep. :) Thanks for pointing that out. I corrected my earlier post to the OP about the Sapphire 7950. Enjoy the weekend.
 
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Tucom

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Jul 29, 2006
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Nope...I'm running a 7950 in my Mac Pro 3,1 (2008).

Mac Edition? If so, great! Makes sense, considering the 2008 and on were all 64 Bit EFI. Not sure why it would have compatibility issues, but IIRC there was a situation where it was ONE of these cards that had issues with the 2008's.
 

flowrider

macrumors 604
Nov 23, 2012
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I have a MVC modified Gigabyte (3 Fan) GTX570. It has worked in both a 3,1 and a 5,1 Mac Pro. It's in the Marketplace section that you can not yet get to. If interested PM me.

Lou
 

reco2011

macrumors 6502a
May 25, 2014
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My brother just installed a GeForce GTX660 Superclocked in his 3,1. Plug and play. It is a PC version so you don't get the boot screen but otherwise it worked without hassle.
 
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