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Best video card for Mac Pro early 2008?

6532 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Oct 19, 2011 10:17 AM by Quantum3 RSS
Quantum3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 15, 2011 11:18 AM

Hi folks,


My nVidia 8800 GT 512 MB died few days ago so I'm only able to boot the Mac Pro (Harpertown 2.8 GHz x 2 Quad-Core Intel Xeon) in safe mode only so I need a new videocard and since I will buy a newone, I would like to buy the best one.


I use the Mac for 2 main things:


1. Editing pictures on Photoshop and Aperture.

2. Playing videogames through Bootcamp.


I figured out that for both things, the nVidia 8800 GT isn't enough powerful, so I need a videocard above or equal to 1 GB of RAM.


I'm relatively new in the Apple World (since a couple of years ago but never had a problem), so I don't have any idea about almost nothing about this world.


I would really appreciate your answers since I use this computer for work (I'm a freelance photo-editor and photographer) so the faster this problem get solved, the better


Thanks in advance!



MacPro Hapertown, Mac OS X (10.7.1), 8 cores 8 GB RAM
  • TomWheel Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
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    Oct 15, 2011 2:06 PM (in response to Quantum3)

    I have an Early 2008 Mac Pro as well and about 1.5 years ago I installed the Mac version of an nVidia 285GTX video card in my Mac Pro.  The installation was straightforward and easy.  This card is still available from a top-rated seller on eBay (just checked to be sure of this) and it is a fantastic video card.  I use Aperture a lot as well as Photoshop.  This video card shines there but where it realy shines is video editing with Final Cut Pro X or Adobe's Premiere Pro CS5 or CS5.5 which are able to use the CUDA of this card to accelerate rendering and playback.  I highly recommend this video card which has been totoally trouble free for me and worth every penny of its cost.



  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,105 points)
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    Oct 15, 2011 5:17 PM (in response to Quantum3)

    The Apple/ATI 5770 HD is sold for 2010 Macs, but also works in every Mac Pro. On Macs with older PCIe 1.0 slots, it does not run as fast as benchmarks.


    Drivers are in 10.6.4 and later.

    Beige G3, G4/867, G4/dual 1.25 MDD, MacPro'09 w cheap SSD, Mac OS 8.6 or Earlier, and 9.2, 10.5 and Server - LW IIg, LW 4/600, ATalk ImageWriter L
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Oct 19, 2011 8:22 AM (in response to Quantum3)

    clarify: you bought an Apple 5870.


    As for Windows, you should be fine, with one caveat:


    before installing or using a new different brand, though Windows 7 is less of an issue,


    you should uninstall and remove the other when switting from GTX Nvidia to ATI.


    Once you do that Windows should be fine.

    Having an ATI and Nvidia together though is usually 88% trouble and little chance of working.


    There was an GTX 285 and there is still Nvidia Quadro 4000, 2GB card, $790 PNY Apple on Amazon but $1195 on Apple Store.


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