7688 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Jul 21, 2010 5:53 PM by Jens Peermann
Some people go with $159 PC version 4890 1GB and flash
Or Apple kit
The 4890 has turned out to be a bit of a False Prophet.
Both 10.6.3 and now 10.6.4 have proven quite problematic for them. Now different cards require different patches and current fixes involve using some 10.6.2 kexts which isn't going to work forever.
Flashed 4870s have been somewhat less trouble but several models have also had these OS issues.
There are 3870s and 8800GTs which don't have these OS issues.
$550 for a 7300GT is like paying $45 for a pack of gum.
There is a simple rule, ALL of the ATI cards work in ALL of the Mac Pros. The Nvidia cards need to be specific for EFI32 vs EFI64.
I've just upgraded my Mac Pro 2,1 to the ATI 4870.
Couldn't be happier. Fast & Quiet, only problem is it runs hot. Great timing as it's fantastic for playing Steam games at unreal resolutions and levels of quality. I've upgraded from the 8800GT which will absolutely stump your 7300GT if you can get one.
I've done a review on my blog (see link below). Also a few other upgrades on my Mac Pro such as SSD , Blu-ray and RAID all enhancing the machine to such an extent that it benchmarks faster than the new i7 iMacs according to CineBench.
Anyway good luck with the upgrade.
What does that mean it runs hot? Is there something you can do about that? Is it a problem that might manifest in something long term?
Thanks for the info, I wish I knew all this before I ordered a card from some damned place in California that's taking an age to get me my card. I might just have to cancel it and go to the Apple Store and get this junk over with.
there is no issue with the 4780 I just think that it generates more heat than my old 8800GT did. It is far more powerful in terms of processing power so I'm not really all that surprised. The fan on the device does a good job of managing this without ever getting as noisy as either of my old cards (the 1900XT & 8800GT).
If you are worried about heat then there are a number of software options to increase the fan speeds on a Mac Pro (such as iStat Menus) but I've found that the default settings have been handling things perfectly well.
We have a bit of a heatwave going on in the UK at the moment and although my office gets pretty hot there have been no issues with how my Mac has been coping with this (no crashes or anything).
Hopefully you will be as happy as I have been with mine.