: Mac Pro and Video Cards


jfpoole
Dec 13th, 2007, 12:36 AM
I'm thinking about getting a Mac Pro, but I'm unimpressed with the video cards Apple has to offer. Is it possible to drop in a PC video card as a replacement, or do I need a special "Mac compatible" video card?

Isight
Dec 13th, 2007, 02:37 AM
I have heard about it but not sure if it works. I heard that when you are in OSX not windows the computer freezes.

Kosh
Dec 13th, 2007, 01:17 PM
If you're going to boot up in MacOS X you need a Mac video card. You can, though, have a second video card just for Windows, I've heard (haven't tried it myself). So those that game in Windows on the Mac Pro, I've been told, typically have the Geforce 7300 Mac version in slot 1 and a fast PC video card in slot 2 (running at 8x which usually doesn't hurt the speed).

Mac video cards are "special" because they have Mac firmware and Mac drivers. That's the only difference.

MacDoc
Dec 13th, 2007, 04:39 PM
You would want the PC video card in the 16x slot 1 and the 7300 in the 8x slot 4.

RedLightning
Dec 13th, 2007, 05:35 PM
What are you unimpressed with?
What card do you currently own?

I use the XT1900's on my Macro video servers, running 14 simultaneous layers of video to 4 outputs without problem...

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Kosh
Dec 13th, 2007, 05:56 PM
You would want the PC video card in the 16x slot 1 and the 7300 in the 8x slot 4.

What he said.

Kosh
Dec 13th, 2007, 05:58 PM
What are you unimpressed with?


Probably the cost, is my guess. Cconsidering the X1900XT is over 18 months old, it's overpriced at Apple's current price.

RedLightning
Dec 14th, 2007, 01:46 PM
I agree the cost is a little out of line with the PC world...but really is that a surprise?

I've heard rumor that their will be a new option for MacPros at MacWorld in January...

Like I said considering what I've seen these cards do without flinching..I've no problem paying for them...


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