Which video card?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by wrkoch, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. wrkoch, Feb 16, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2013

    wrkoch macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    Boulder CO
    So I'm having some Constant issues right now with my MacPro. When left over night, I can not wake up the screen of my computer the next morning. At first I thought it may have crashed, but I can still access both my video and music media library's and stream it. However if I were to connect via logme in, I just get a black screen too.

    So I went thru the paces to test the hardware and memory, nothing has come back. I'm assuming it's a video card issues that doesnt want to appear on the tests??

    Nonetheless since purchasing it in 2009 I have only installed an SSD. So I think it's time to upgrade to 16gb RAM and the video card.

    What video card to choose for cheap? I do not want to dump $300-400

    I have a lead on a 560TI Msi card for $100. Would this work?

    Any help is appreciated!

    I am running the latest OS.
    MP 4.1
    2x2.26 quad core
    6gb ram
    256ssd for OS and applications
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 120
  2. xcodeSyn macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2012
    What's your current video card and other specs of your MP? Folks around here could probably provide better advice if they know what you do mostly with the machine.
  3. wrkoch, Feb 16, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2013

    wrkoch thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    Boulder CO
    Sure thing! Thanks for the advice. I edited my previous post too.

    I am running the latest OS.
    MP 4.1
    2x2.26 quad core
    6gb ram
    256ssd for OS and applications
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 120

    I do some coding and tend to use it for my main home media center to serve up across the house. Really it's been able todo everything I've needed up to this point.
  4. handheldgames macrumors 65816


    Apr 4, 2009
    Pacific NW, USA
    As soon as 10.8.3 ships (any day now) grab an AMD 7950. They are MacPro power friendly (many standard with 2x6pin for power), 3GB of ram, rock solid drivers and under $300. Was an upgrade from a 6870 that greatly cut the amount of time CPU waits for the GPU to complete it's function.
  5. xcodeSyn macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2012
    This may be a driver issue for OS X 10.8 as mentioned here instead of your video card. The GT 120 is a reliable although underpowered GPU. You could install the NVIDIA web driver for 10.8.2 as mentioned in the Apple Support Communities discussion link and see if it works before getting a new video card.
  6. wrkoch thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    Boulder CO
    Excellent advice. I will try this and report back. Thank you!
  7. wrkoch thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2009
    Boulder CO
    Just applied the driver. We'll see!

    Here's the error log from the last system crash

    Sat Feb 16 17:15:52 2013
    panic(cpu 14 caller 0xffffff80026b7bd5): Kernel trap at 0xffffff7f845e6c9b, type 14=page fault, registers:
    CR0: 0x0000000080010033, CR2: 0x0000004300000007, CR3: 0x000000010586d000, CR4: 0x0000000000000660
    RAX: 0x0000004300000006, RBX: 0xffffff801361b428, RCX: 0xffffff7f845e6c06, RDX: 0xffffff800e1c39c0
    RSP: 0xffffff8083d6b740, RBP: 0xffffff8083d6b790, RSI: 0x000000008020690c, RDI: 0xffffff800f0f7608
    R8: 0x0000000000000003, R9: 0x0000000000000000, R10: 0x0000000000000018, R11: 0x0000000000000206
    R12: 0x0000000000000066, R13: 0x0000000000000066, R14: 0x0000000000000066, R15: 0xffffff800de77b80
    RFL: 0x0000000000010286, RIP: 0xffffff7f845e6c9b, CS: 0x0000000000000008, SS: 0x0000000000000010
    Fault CR2: 0x0000004300000007, Error code: 0x0000000000000000, Fault CPU: 0xe

    Backtrace (CPU 14), Frame : Return Address
    0xffffff8083d6b3e0 : 0xffffff800261d626
    0xffffff8083d6b450 : 0xffffff80026b7bd5
    0xffffff8083d6b620 : 0xffffff80026ce4ed
    0xffffff8083d6b640 : 0xffffff7f845e6c9b
    0xffffff8083d6b790 : 0xffffff7f845e835e
    0xffffff8083d6b7d0 : 0xffffff8002739e9c
    0xffffff8083d6b830 : 0xffffff80027aa0eb
    0xffffff8083d6b890 : 0xffffff80027a9b5c
    0xffffff8083d6bbf0 : 0xffffff80027351a8
    0xffffff8083d6bd60 : 0xffffff8002735622
    0xffffff8083d6bd90 : 0xffffff800297c525
    0xffffff8083d6bdf0 : 0xffffff800297bfeb
    0xffffff8083d6be20 : 0xffffff800294ae63
    0xffffff8083d6be50 : 0xffffff8002977ae3
    0xffffff8083d6bf50 : 0xffffff80029e182a
    0xffffff8083d6bfb0 : 0xffffff80026ced33
    Kernel Extensions in backtrace:

    BSD process name corresponding to current thread: ifconfig

    Mac OS version:

    Kernel version:
    Darwin Kernel Version 12.2.0: Sat Aug 25 00:48:52 PDT 2012; root:xnu-2050.18.24~1/RELEASE_X86_64
    Kernel UUID: 69A5853F-375A-3EF4-9247-478FD0247333
    Kernel slide: 0x0000000002400000
    Kernel text base: 0xffffff8002600000
    System model name: MacPro4,1 (Mac-F221BEC8)

    System uptime in nanoseconds: 14744047160784
    last loaded kext at 15040449481: com.apple.driver.AppleHIDKeyboard 165.5 (addr 0xffffff7f842e6000, size 16384)
    last unloaded kext at 75229632121: com.apple.driver.AppleIntel8254XEthernet 3.1.1b1 (addr 0xffffff7f83841000, size 69632)
    loaded kexts:
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