Windows graphics card on MacPro with windows-only

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ecker00, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. ecker00, Jan 21, 2012
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2012

    ecker00 macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2012
    I've been searching and looking around the forum but haven't found a specific answer so far. Sorry if this is a common question, but didn't seem to find it, just topics on specific cards.

    Can I buy any windows graphics card, that fit the hardware specification of Mac Pro 2008? Considering correct pci-e port, bus speed and electricity consumption that MacPro 2008 can provide. Then abandon OSX completely, and do a clean instal of Windows 7?

    By any card, I looking at recent ones released in 2011 ish, ATI and Nvidia. Good price < performance ratio.
    Will it run, without flashing or modifying the card in anyway. And I mean windows only, no OS X installation.

    Problem / Situation:
    Today my 2008 MacPro (v3.1) with a 8800GT nvidia card said goodnight. I believe the graphics card did, rest of the computer is fine. It crashes half way during boot (tried all the different resets) and sometimes during that crash, the screen may start flickering orange. Bit different reaction when I try to boot from CD, I can hear the computer loading the CD and all, but all I see on my screen is this:

    After a lot of searching for a replacement graphics card, its hard to find a good solution. You can pay a lot for an official card by apple which isn't really that good preformance, compeered to equal price windows card. I see that the windows cards can be flashed and stuff to work with OS X, but it all seems a bit risky.

    I want a high performance card now as I do play games on this computer and do 3D animation work. The 8800GT card have been the lowest performance component of my computer so far, great to get a upgrade.
  2. ecker00 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2012
    An almost simmular thread was created right after I posted this with the solution if anybody is wondering:

    After finding this seller on eBay that sells pre-flashed cards for decent price, I'll continue to stick with mac OS X instead of windows.

    So I just ordered myself the last stock of the "ATI AMD Radeon 6870 2GB"
    Requires 2 x 6 pin power which is exactly what the 2008 MacPro got.
  3. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    I'm curious to know what your fan noise is like with the 2GB card.

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