Will a GTX 980 Work?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by xWhiplash, Dec 15, 2014.

  1. xWhiplash macrumors 65816

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    Do I need to do anything special to get the GTX 980 to work in my Mac Pro 5.1 system? Will the Mac Pro have enough power? I am currently using an EVGA GTX 680. The boot menu does not bother me, so I never flashed it or anything.

    Are there any plans on a Mac Edition? I got my GTX 680 and a few weeks later they announced the Mac Edition of the 680 :(

    Also, how much of a boost is it compared to the 680? Will it be beneficial? I have a 27" monitor at 2560x1440 and some games on Very High get low FPS.
     
  2. flowrider macrumors 601

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    This forum has an excellent search function. You should learn how to use it:eek:

    Lou
     
  3. EdDuPlessis, Dec 15, 2014
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    It's the best all round card you can get for a Mac Pro and doesn't need mods or Mac edition unless you are fussy. Install the driver first and then the card.

    On your monitor you can run any game in ultra settings and also enable DSR (Windows only) to get 4K rendering scaled to fit your screen.

    Barefeats.com benchmarks all cards. Their 980 test is based on an older driver though.
     
  4. xWhiplash thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What happens if I do not install the drivers first? OS X does not come with them like with the 680s?

    What happens if I need to format and cannot install the drivers if I cannot see?
     
  5. cathul macrumors member

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    (Afaik) You don't get a picture on your screen when not installing the drivers first under OS X. And you should keep your original card for the case you need to reinstall everything.
    After initial reinstallation it's easy as installing drivers again and then switching cards.
     
  6. xWhiplash thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So it is not built in to OS X Yosemite like the GTX 680 drivers? That is a shame :(
     
  7. EdDuPlessis macrumors 6502

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    It's too new for that.
     
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  9. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    Do you guys know how much faster the 980 is compared to the 780GTX? I have the latter and love it (Mac modded so I see boot screen). I'm not trying to have the latest and greatest on the 5,1, but it would be nice to know!


    Cheers
     
  10. EdDuPlessis macrumors 6502

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    About 10% faster. You don't need to upgrade yet.
     
  11. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    nice, 10% is nothing.

    either way i don't plan to keep the 5,1 that long yet, i still have to upgrade the CPU's though to x5690s when the prices drop.
     
  12. EdDuPlessis macrumors 6502

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    X5680 are almost the same performance and almost half the price.
     
  13. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    wouldnt it be better to top out the cpu's so i dont have to worry about it in the future?

    either way im sure i'll get the trashmac a few years down the road.
     
  14. EdDuPlessis macrumors 6502

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    If you wait a year maybe the x5690 will come down in price to a good price but they are being kept at an artificially high price just to make more profit out of people who want them. They should cost less than that by now. They are only 5% faster than the x5680 but nearly twice the price.
     
  15. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    someone's giving me x5680's (2x) for $375 for pair. Good deal?
     
  16. EdDuPlessis macrumors 6502

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    Damn good
     

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