6 Replies Latest reply: Jun 25, 2009 2:57 PM by Happy Man
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I am looking at buying the new Quad-Core Mac Pro 2.93 Ghz, with 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, One 18x SuperDrive, and an Apple LED Cinema Display (24" flat panel) to go along with it. I noticed there isn't an option to put in two ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB's. Can I do that? If I want dual displays, is my only option the 2x NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512MB? Also, how easy is it to install another graphics card myself. If I buy one NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 and want another one later, is it easily installable?

Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 (28,075 points)
    I am looking at buying the new Quad-Core Mac Pro 2.93 Ghz, with 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, One 18x SuperDrive, and an Apple LED Cinema Display (24" flat panel) to go along with it. I noticed there isn't an option to put in two ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB's. Can I do that?

    No. There is not enough power, or enough power connectors, for more than one 4870.
    If I want dual displays, is my only option the 2x NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512MB?

    If you want two 24" LED displays, you could use a 4870 and one NVIDIA GeForce GT 120.
    Also, how easy is it to install another graphics card myself. If I buy one NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 and want another one later, is it easily installable?

    Yes.
  • Samsara Level 4 (1,320 points)
  • Zacharrie Level 1 (0 points)
    Each of those cards have more than enough power (and enough ports) to have dual displays. You don't need to have two video cards to run two monitors.
  • derekstracey Level 1 (0 points)
    I wish to use 2 Apple 24" Cinema Displays therefore need 2 cards with Minidisplayport.

    So I have ordered the Mac Pro with the Radeon 4870 and ordered a NVIDIA GT120 to run the other display.

    My question is if you have both the 4870 and the GT120 driving the other display. Lets say you play a GAME or use bootcamp to play a game under Windows.

    How does the system know which card to use for the Gaming IE you would not want the GT120 to do the 3D work in a game you would want the 4870 to run the game.

    So how do u make sure the Radeon 4870 is used not the GT120 for graphics intensive stuff.
  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)
    ATI and Nvidia don't get along in Windows so having both is not a good combination. The GTX 285 and GT120 would co-exist.
  • Happy Man Level 1 (0 points)
    Can you use one ATI Radeon HD 4870 512 MB and two NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512MB in a mac pro 8-core computer? Thanks