will this graphics card work in my mac?

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  1. rangerfreak1 macrumors member

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  3. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    What card do you have in the MP now, and which monitors?

    Too vague ATM. Details would help. :)
     
  4. rangerfreak1 thread starter macrumors member

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    i have the barebones stock card with 1 dvi input and 1 mini input and a 20 inch lcd monitor
     
  5. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Here's the specs listed by Apple for the graphics card:
    A dual link port can run 2 monitors if they have a resolution of 1920x1200 or lower. So if the second monitor is going to be another 20", the existing card CAN RUN BOTH. :D You'd need to get a DVI Y Splitter. ;) The port will run BOTH monitors, if you mean to do it off the same card.

    If not, then the 3870 would work (intending on a separate graphics card for each monitor). OS X seems to be able to handle cards by different manufacturers, but Vista won't. If you want to run windows, you'll have to wait for Windows 7, as it doesn't have a problem with mixed graphics card makers. In the mean time, you'd have to pull one I believe. (Search the forum, as there's info on this).

    I'm not sure if you want a second card (separate card for each monitor), or the size, so I can't really offer any more information ATM.
     
  6. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Or just buy the Mini DisplayPort-DVI adapter for five bucks more and you can use both ports. Either way works well.
     
  7. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    :eek: But it costs MORE! :D :p

    Actually, I was thinking in as general a terms as possible, and figured the monitor would likely be DVI, and going with the Y splitter might avoid some issues users are mentioning about the Mini DisplayPort. (I've not had the ability to witness it, but I prefer to think in terms of avoidance...) ;)
     
  8. rangerfreak1 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for your time. you all answered all my questions
     

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