4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 9, 2013 11:56 PM by mykokim
mykokim Level 1 (0 points)

Does the ATI Radeon 5770 work on a MacPro late 2008 version? I've read that it works for the early 2008 models, but could not find confirmation if it works on the later 2008 version. Please help!


By the way,my third graphics card to blew out in less than 18 months. I've been buying replacement cards (ATI 2600 twice and the nVidia GeForce 8800) over ebay. Is this a sign of something bad?

Mac Pro
  • mende1 Level 10 (92,156 points)

    Welcome to the Apple Support Communities


    There isn't any Late 2008 Mac Pro, so you have an Early 2008 Mac Pro that supports the ATI Radeon 5770. If three graphic cards have been damaged by your Mac, you should take it to an Apple Store because something happens with it

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 (56,491 points)

    The Apple-firmware 5770 works in all models of Mac Pro, but slightly more slowly in the 2006 and 2007 models that have only PCIe 1 slots.


    This card came out after the 2009 model shipped. Apple only tests in shipping systems, so they will never affirm that this works in the older models.


    Drivers are available in 10.6.5 and later.


    An awful lot of older graphics cards have been failing after being in service for many years. It may be a problem in your Mac, or maybe not. An appointmet at the Genius Bar for an evaluation is free, in-warranty or out. Apple wants you to be a happy customer, if possible.

  • BitterCreek Level 1 (100 points)

    It works for all Mac Pros.

  • mykokim Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks. This helps. So I have to upgrade to 10.6.5. Hmm...that means I have to buy a workable video card in order to see my upgarde to 10.6.5, which will allow me to install the 5770 drivers. That's a lot of money!


    Maybe I should just buy a new computer...I hear Windows 8 is great (I'm being bitter).