Nvidia For Mac Pro 2008

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Enhancing an early 2008 Mac Pro: The GPU Upgrade

Despite the fact that the “cheese grater” Mac Pro has always been touted as an expandable device, one of my biggest frustrations with it has been the anemic selection of available video card upgrades. Unsurprisingly, these “Mac Pro only” cards also come at a hefty price premium over their PC video card counterparts.

Possibly affected systems include 17-inch, 2.4GHz MacBook Pros, 15-inch, 2.4 and 2.2GHz MacBook Pros, and MacBook Pros manufactured in early 2008, all with Nvidia GeForce 8600M GT graphics chips. Mac Pro 2008 with Nvidia GT 710. I'm currently selling my Mac Pro 2008 with GT 120 and I'm helping the seller choose GPU which will work with Catalina. I've read that GT 710 should work straight OOB but without the bootload screen.

My early 2008 Mac Pro came with the stock ATI Radeon 2600 video card, sporting a paltry 256MB of VRAM.

Though the ATI Radeon 2600 has served me surprisingly well over the past few years, as of late, it was really beginning to show its age. Nowhere is this more evident than when running Photoshop CC, which requires a minimum of 512MB of VRAM to leverage the extra processing power of the Graphic Processing Unit (GPU).

The past few weeks I have been researching GPU options for my Mac Pro. Eventually I was brought back to the world of flashed PC video cards. The act of taking a PC based video card and converting it into a Mac version is a popular sub-culture among certain Mac Pro users. It’s popular for two reasons:

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  1. It’s cheaper than buying a Mac specific video card.
  2. There are more card options to choose from.

Of course, there are also potential drawbacks:

  1. You may not see the gray Apple logo boot screen if you are directly connecting two DVI displays
  2. ATI’s “Crossfire” technology should work on Windows Boot Camp partitions, but the Mac won’t take advantage of it
  3. It’s not an “official” Mac card

I was ready to gamble. In my mind, the benefits outweighed the drawbacks, with one caveat: difficulty.

About a year ago, I tried flashing a PC Radeon card (a 4870 model, to be precise) as part of a DIY challenge, but failed. What I really wanted this time around was a ready-made solution – a pre-Flashed PC video card that would plug and play as a Mac card without any voodoo on my part.

Enter eBay.

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As of this writing, a 1GB ATI 5770 Radeon flashed PC video card for the Mac Pro costs between $120 – $160 on eBay, which is substantially cheaper than the official ATI 5770 “Mac Pro” branded model, which retails for $249. After about three weeks of “window shopping”, I scored an ATI Radeon 5770 XFX 1GB video card for $121, with free shipping.

A week later, the card arrived. Included in the box was the card, a color booklet on how to install the card, a DVI -> VGA adapter, and a power cable to connect the card to the Mac Pro’s motherboard.

Installation

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After disconnecting all the cables from the Mac Pro, I installed the new video card into Slot 2 on the Mac Pro, keeping the existing Radeon 2600 card in Slot 4. (PCI-e cards that require additional power from the motherboard need to go into Slot 1 or Slot 2.)

Installing the Radeon 5770 was straightforward: First plug it in, then connect the Molex power cable from the motherboard to the card.

The Test

After connecting all the cables back to the Mac Pro, it was time to see if my $121 investment worked. Unsurprisingly, it did. I was able to see the boot screen on my Mac, thanks to the fact that one of my displays (the Yiynova MSP19U) has VGA out. I used a VGA to DVI cable to connect the Yiynova to the Radeon 5770 card. The other DVI out from the 5770 connects to my HP 24″ display.

With both video cards in the Mac Pro, I was able to bring an old 19″ display back to life by connecting it up to the Radeon 2600 card – giving me a three display setup to work with.

Conclusion

In total, I now have five displays connected among two computers. With the Radeon 5770, Photoshop CC’s advanced graphic processing capabilities (including OpenCL) are now at my disposal. Maya runs much smoother. Plus, I have an additional dedicated display to utilize.

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For me, the $121 gamble was worth it.

-Krishna

Nvidia Quadro Mac Pro 2008

Nvidia Mac Os

  1. $349 Please contact us

    Features:
    • 5K Support.
    • No special hacks required. Works with macOS 10.13 High Sierra and 10.14 Mojave.
    • Significantly accelerate any 3D/graphic applications such as Final Cut Pro X, Adobe CS6/Premiere/After Effects, or DaVinci Resolve.
    • Connectors: 1x Dual-Link DVI Port, 2x DisplayPort & 2x HDMI Port.
    • Up to five simultaneous screens.
    • 5120x3200 maximum digital resolution via DisplayPort @ 60Hz.

    Requirements:
    • Apple Mac Pro 2009–2012 (Mac Pro 4,1 5,1)
    • OS X 10.13.0 and later or Windows 7/8/10 via Bootcamp.
    • Requires your Mac Pro's internal 6-pin PCI-Express power connector (the cable is included).

    KIT Includes:
    • AMD Radeon RX 580 8 GB.
    • Item conditions: new. 1 year warranty.
    • 1 x PCI-E power cable for Apple Mac Pro.
    • Installation instructions via email.
  2. $699 Please contact us
    Features:
    • 5K Support.
    • No special hacks required. Simply plug it in and install the latest NVIDIA Graphic/CUDA drivers. Full PCI-E bandwidth.
    • 2560 CUDA cores significantly accelerate any 3D/graphic applications such as Adobe CS6/Premiere/After Effects or DaVinci Resolve.
    • Connectors: 2x DisplayPort, 1 x DVI, 1x HDMI Port.
    • Up to four simultaneous screens.
    • 5120x3200 maximum digital resolution via DisplayPort @ 60Hz.
    • No boot screen support.
    Requirements:
    • Apple Mac Pro 2008–2012 (Mac Pro 3,1 4,1 5,1)
    • macOS 10.12.4 - 10.13.6 or Windows 8/10 via Bootcamp
    • Requires both of your Mac Pro's internal 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors (cables are included).
    KIT Includes:
    • NVIDIA GTX 1080 8 GB.
    • Item conditions: used.
    • Fully tested and 100% working. 60 days warranty.
    • 2 x PCI-E power cables for Apple Mac Pro.
    • Installation instructions and drivers via email.
  3. $899 Please contact us
    Features:
    • 5K Support.
    • No special hacks required. Simply plug it in and install the latest NVIDIA Graphic/CUDA drivers. Full PCI-E bandwidth.
    • 3584 CUDA cores significantly accelerate any 3D/graphic applications such as Adobe CS6/Premiere/After Effects or DaVinci Resolve.
    • Connectors: 3x DisplayPort & 1x HDMI Port.
    • Up to four simultaneous screens.
    • 5120x3200 maximum digital resolution via DisplayPort @ 60Hz.
    • Full boot screen support.
    Requirements:
    • Apple Mac Pro 2009–2012 (Mac Pro 4,1 5,1)
    • macOS 10.12.4 - 10.13.6 or Windows 8/10 via Bootcamp.
    • Requires one of your Mac Pro's internal 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors (cables are included) + additional power from 2 HDDs or one ODD drive.
    KIT Includes:
    • Flashed NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti 11 GB.
    • Item conditions: used.
    • Fully tested and 100% working. 60 days warranty.
    • Cards may have a different fan/branding, but the performance will be the same.
    • Power cables.
    • Installation instructions and drivers via email.
  4. $599 Please contact us

    Features:
    • 5K Support.
    • No special hacks required. Simply plug it in and install the latest NVIDIA Graphic/CUDA drivers. Full PCI-E bandwidth.
    • 2816 CUDA cores significantly accelerate any 3D/graphic applications such as Adobe CS6/Premiere/After Effects or DaVinci Resolve.
    • Connectors: 1x Dual-Link DVI Port, 3x DisplayPort & 1x HDMI Port.
    • Up to four simultaneous screens.
    • 5120x3200 maximum digital resolution via DisplayPort @ 60Hz.
    • Full boot screen support.
    Requirements:
    • Apple Mac Pro 2008–2012 (Mac Pro 3,1 4,1 5,1)
    • macOS 10.10.5 - 10.13.6 or Windows 8/10 via Bootcamp.
    • Requires both of your Mac Pro's internal 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors (cables are included).
    KIT Includes:
    • Flashed NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti 6 GB.
    • Item conditions: used. Fully tested and 100% working. 30 days warranty.
    • 2 x PCI-E power cables for Apple Mac Pro.
    • Installation instructions and drivers via email.
  5. Features:
    • 5K Support.
    • No special hacks required. Simply plug it in and install the latest NVIDIA Graphic/CUDA drivers. Full PCI-E bandwidth.
    • 2048 CUDA cores significantly accelerate any 3D/graphic applications such as Adobe CS6/Premiere/After Effects or DaVinci Resolve.
    • Connectors: 2x DVI Port, 2x DisplayPort.
    • Up to four simultaneous screens.
    • 4096x2160 maximum digital resolution via DisplayPort @ 60Hz.
    • Full boot screen support.
  6. $549$449 Please contact us

    Features:
    • 5K Support.
    • No special hacks required. Simply plug it in and install the latest NVIDIA Graphic/CUDA drivers. Full PCI-E bandwidth.
    • 2048 CUDA cores significantly accelerate any 3D/graphic applications such as Adobe CS6/Premiere/After Effects or DaVinci Resolve.
    • Connectors: 1x Dual-Link DVI Port, 3x DisplayPort & 1x HDMI Port.
    • Up to four simultaneous screens.
    • 5120x3200 maximum digital resolution via DisplayPort @ 60Hz.
    • Full boot screen support.
    Requirements:
    • Apple Mac Pro 2008–2012 (Mac Pro 3,1 4,1 5,1)
    • macOS 10.10.5 - 10.13.6 or Windows 8/10 via Bootcamp.
    • Requires both of your Mac Pro's internal 6-pin PCI-Express power connectors (cables are included).
    KIT Includes:
    • Flashed NVIDIA GTX 980 4 GB.
    • Item conditions: used. Fully tested and 100% working. 14 days warranty.
    • 2 x PCI-E power cables for Apple Mac Pro.
    • Installation instructions and drivers via email.
  7. DISPLAYPORT CABLE ADAPTER converts the DisplayPort port on a computer to a Mini DisplayPort; Connect a PC with DisplayPort output to a monitor with Mini DisplayPort; A Mini DisplayPort cable (sold separately) is required
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    BI-DIRECTIONAL ADAPTER also connects a computer with Mini DisplayPort to a monitor with DisplayPort input; A Mini DisplayPort cable (sold separately) is required; Flexible adapter with gold-plated connectors and molded strain relief provides reliable signal transmission
    DISPLAYPORT COMPATIBLE with popular monitors such as the Dell U2410 and Samsung U28D590;
    Locking DisplayPort connector provides a secure connection with a latch that must be depressed before unplugging