Currently Being ModeratedOct 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.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 15, 2011 2:37 PM (in response to TomWheel)
Thanks a lot for the answer, Tom. I will consider your suggestion Shamely, eBay doesn't work over my country but I will manage to get a video card soon (or I will be dead!).
Currently Being ModeratedOct 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
Currently Being ModeratedOct 16, 2011 9:10 AM (in response to Grant Bennet-Alder)
Thank you very much for your answer, Grant. I will consider this video card as well. I have red in the Apple's Shop page that it does work with an early 2008 Mac Pro (mine), so I think I will go for this one. There is a newer model too, the ATI HD 5870, but I don't know if that one works as well. It seems there is no video cards for my Mac above the 1 GB of Video RAM, but anyway... I have nothing but a GeForce 8800 GT dying in safe mode right now
Thanks a lot!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 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.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 19, 2011 10:17 AM (in response to The hatter)
It was a PC ATI video card HD 5850. Also tried an ATI HD 6870 but it didn't work. All the video cards I tried were for PC. There are no Mac video cards in my country, just the nVidia Quadro of 1.5 GB but it costs is USD $2000 and it can only be found in one shop and more, they don't have it. Apple Store don't allow selling cards to other countries than Europe or America, btw, nor a Magic Mouse (politics of Apple). That kind of things are not authorized by Apple Plus, anything beyond the USD $1000 is not authorized by the Government of Argentina and worst, importations are not longer allowed Some kind of Cuba-thing around here.
The GeForce 8800GT I had is dead, so I'm not using it.
However, the ATI HD 5850 works like a charm in both OS! (no boot screen btw).
The only weird issue I'm having is that Lion doesn't show up the partition where I have Bootcamp and somehow, it cannot be mounted. I mean weird because I also have a partition with Snow Leopard installed and, when booting from that partition, it shows all the other ones (Lion, Snow Leopard and Bootcamp). So for booting Bootcamp, I shuld go first to Snow Leopard . Also Windows shows me all the partitions as well.
This is the place where I switch from a partition to another (due the absence of the boot screen):
It's kind of weird!