If you have new information not included here, suggestions, corrections or edits, please feel free to contact me at: I get a fair amount of questions and I try to answer them to best I can. Added RX Mac Pro 3. I'll track this best as I can. Added a communities section. Added an anchor to the change log. Minor copy edits. I added minor corrections to grammar and punctuation as it'd been awhile since I've proof-read this entire monster of an article.
Apple Insider, the apologist trash rag, seems to think that PCIe 5. Because it was ratified as a standard. I find this incredibly silly as PCIe 4. PCI 4. With the extreme lack of PCIe 4. First, update for and 7 months running of updates. It's incompatible, and this guide lists it as incompatible. I linked a forum poster's attempt at getting it to work despite knowing it was listed as incompatible. Hopefully, this saves a few people the heartache and money. Added notes about UI scaling to monitors and freesync.
I hadn't even noticed it had been released. He even created a video. You can watch it here. Also, added info about the latest in NVidia driver updates as NVidia released new drivers for Hopefully, this helps Mac Pro users out such as myself. I've had my NVidia GeForce less than a year. Added links to the said article. This guide is now roughly 40 pages long! Added to Contents list of the "other upgrades". Both will require editing. In the space of not updating for a month, we have native NVMe support, bootscreens on RTX cards and the craziest of them all: Added notes in relevant sections.
Added Boot manager to both GPU and it's own section under other upgrades. Also, I was mentioned in a podcast a while back Brograph Podcast - Episode at the Added a TechRadar link. Added more AppleInsider insults. It's apologist fanboy propaganda. Added notes on Added notes on Triple channel memory.
While I haven't verified this, as I don't really have means or time to do so this page is for fun and to help other people like me , I see no reason to doubt this claim. Fixed quite a few typos, grammar blunders, and punctuation. Minor copy editing, more PCIe sled info, more 4. The firmware can be upgraded to 2. Can run macOS Mac Pro 2. Like the 1. Mac Pro 3. Mac Pro 4. When flashed,they are natively supported for Mojave There is no performance difference between a flashed 4. However, the Mac Pro 4. Mac Pro 5.
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For a full run-down, see EveryMac's guide Identifying a Mac Pro visually The easiest way to distinguish a powered off Mac Pro is taking the side panel off. Entire thread related to the 5. Gulftown, Westmere, Nehalem microcode update guide MP5,1: Mojave Install How to upgrade 1. How to upgrade 4. How to upgrade 5. How To clean up a Mac Pro after delidding GPU upgrades When I originally wrote this guide four years ago, it was surprising that users could use off-the-shelf Nvidia cards.
Petitioning for drivers With the advent of There are roughly three classes of GPUs: Photo Credit: Useful Links blog. Which card should buy?
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Useful Links MacRumors: Creating your own fusion drive Fusion drive on older Macs? Display Upgrades The Mac Pro's display limitations are a factor of graphics cards and whatever monitor you can afford. To display all the scaled resolution options: Open preferences and click the Displays If the option "Default for display" is selected, option-click Scaled If scaled is already selected, click the "Default for display" then option-click "Scaled".
Installing the cards isn't much harder than regular PCIe cards. Installing Disable internal Bluetooth for USB dongles jf9web. How to install a wifi card on a Mac Pro 5. Maximum DIMM size: Single Processor Xeon: Maximum RAM: How to install RAM in 1. How to install RAM in 4. How to install RAM in 5. Fan Control Macs Fan Control takes the champion of the best fan control software, allowing users to use different thermal sensors to control fan clusters or other values.
Mac Pro Pixlas PSU Mod The Pixlas mod is a power supply specific modification to draw taps directly from the PSU as opposed to using the standard PCIe power cables, which are only six pins instead of 8 pins thus unable to make the full power draw needed for the watts required for extreme-end GPUs. The House of Moth: Pixlas Mod Guide MacRumors: Pixlas 4. Apple Mac Pro User Manual: Mac Pro Fan Assemblies dvwarehouse: Mac Pro Heat Sinks welovemacs: Mac Pro Parts macpartonline: Boot Manager - open source boot manager, designed for Mac Pros, see the guide here.
Look up serial Number This may seem like an odd thing to do, but if you're buying a used Mac Pro 5. All the manuals are linked are PDFs. User Guide Manuals Apple: Mac Pro Users Guide Apple: The Dual CPU 4. The only caveat is upgrading the CPUs requires delidding. Used CPUs can be found on quite a few sites for reasonable deals. Some sellers sell 5. If you're unsure or the seller is, the serial number can tell you when the computer was manufactured or its model type. Consider the Mac Pro 3. Markets vary quite a bit based on geo-location.
Apple's management doesn't want Nvidia support in macOS, and that's a bad sign for the Mac Pro - I really hate to link Apple Insider but this is interesting instead of its usually defending Apple for being user hostile Motherboard Vice: Apple's Mac Pro 'cheese grater' is 12 years old, and is the best Mac ever made - apologist trash from the ol' garbage bin AppleInsider. I really should delete this link cuz AppleInsider, a trash site for garbage people.
Apple admits the Mac Pro was a mess TechCrunch: The Mac Pro that wasn't reaction MacObserver: The new Mac Pro is a failure blog. My go to for sourcing information as one can gather by reading this guide. It requires requesting access but they let anyone in, I'm there. MacFixIt reader Clark Price writes: What it fixes Apple included no specific information regarding the enhancements in this firmware update.
However, readers are now reporting that it may resolve the following problems: Problems installing Boot Camp 1. Visual abberations like a single bright red or pink pixel on dark grey or black areas of the screen Feedback? Late-breakers macfixit. More from Late-Breakers. The card died 11 months after purchase. The card had to come out. Ignore the fact the card was bought two weeks after the system from a retail Apple Store. My eventual solution was to stick the broken Apple card back in the box, and return to my sloth-slow GT factory card. Performance is terrible in comparison, but the system works great.
What are my options today? Same as they were 1. EFS may be the wave of the future, but I have seen no proof of that in the industry. There are no reasonable alternatives. I have to keep turning the graphic options down in X-Plane. It should be professional product! The money they charged me for this system, I could have purchase an Alienware bad to the bone, smokin PC!!!!!! Give us a decent video card selection!!!!! The Mac ads got people to start buying, but hey… If they keep this up….
I started to have problems with my XT lines and hangs and started to look around for another card. I am a prepress tech and have set up numerous macpros around the San Diego area, the one i am on now has been getting vertical tears and white and black screens, which a hard reboot fixes. TWO years later and this topic is still relevant today as it was years ago. I agree with all of you. I switched to the Mac three years ago but still use a PC.
I miss the convenience of being able to simply swap out my card when the latest and greatest cards come around. This is ridiculous. Any way, this is the card I ordered on Amazon:. Is there any hope that perhaps with Snow Leopard out now there might be some improvement with this situation?
I entirely concur with this thread. Struggling here myself seriously. So yeah, I need a secondary card and I am going nuts. We should not have to go through that. Anyone want to help me make a site dedicated to using stock video cards on Mac Pros? Ping me on Twitter. This is what I just ordered, per recommendation from a friend. I experience problems regarding screen artifacts dots and sometimes they blink, odd horizontal lines, and locks up when any 3D occurs. The problem was not bad at first but has gotten much worse to the point that I have to use SMC Fan Control with all fans at full speed, and in addition i have the side of the case off.
What are my options for a replacement video card? I just want my system to be stable since when these video issues occur the entire system locks up and I have to force power it off. Thanks for any tips on other video cards that have worked with your Mac Pro 3. The fact that what your buying is an appliance not an upgradable computer. I can certainly understand why Apple wants to keep a tight leash on what hardware is allowed or not i. That is the reason they bought a mac in a case that opens and not as an all in one appliance iMac, Mac Mini.
I went to Apple genius bar today and the employee told me to not waste money on the card and find a cheaper compatible one. I found this link helpful from http: I have the same problem. It helped a while to clean the fins. But now the crashes comes several times every day …. I got my Mac Pro late It was still under warrantee for parts, so I just had to haul it myself to an apple store and they replaced the card for free.
Worse, actually, since I think the first one died before it got this bad. Problem with it being this late in the game is that now my only option, other than calling apple and ordering a third X for full retail which will die again with their disposable nature or find a used Nvidia on ebay. I found the card on eBay used and new. I click to another window and it disappears. I have a Mac Pro and a few days ago the graphics card went on it. This post was the only one I could find that was of any help at all. I lugged the computer in to a computer marketplace after it was clear the graphics card was shot.
None of the people there had ever seen a mac before much less worked on one, but they knew computers, and knew the fundamentals. A couple hours later I get a phone call — the computer was working perfectly and my bill came to 13 bucks. Something to consider in case you run into this kind of thing again — aim for repair instead of replacement. There is a solution available: But that said it was overpriced as a card and Apple should have at least 6 options on the go keeping up by at least 6 to 9 months behind with the latest ATI or Nvidia cards.
Its a no brainer… but what do I know…. If they want to sell some volume without becoming common the price will stop that then ship more upgrade options.. I always had to wait for renders when working HD video — very frustrating on such a high end machine. For editing video…. Bottom line — my HD XT had failed was was replaced under warranty.
Apparently the Mac version had a revision which makes it more resilient great. Before I give up on my 3 year mac experiment — i would liek to try a ATI Radeon HD — but even mac support cant tell me whether the 1 GB version will work — I know the k one does. With Windows, you know it;s going to work.
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IWth mac — you have to ask them — and the guy was Googling to advise me — — if I had posted that I knew it worked — he would have passed this on as firm knowledge…. It would be hard to achieve this on a similar PC — I have tried and suceeded to a good degree and know. My Radeon XT finally died me as well. Does anyone know where I can find one or can give me a good alternative? I have a Dual Core Mac Pro system 1,1. Is a Geforce GT a good alternative?
Thanks for any help. The tech people did something with it to have it up and running again but the problem still popped up a few days later. Hi everyone. I never knew it was so difficult to get a replacement video card.. Possible the best find all night. MAc Pro 1,1 and I will be buying the GT for my mac still trying to find out how to put them in to sli and is it worth it? I also have a Mac Pro 1. So if I understand all of you, there is no problem with the RAM, or the hard drive, but it must be a video card issue?
What a shame for such a professionnal computer…. I would like to think that Apple has a solution for this problem. I have an early Mac Pro with 12 gigs of ram and x video card. I have been taking the card out monthly to clean, and even thought about taking the heatsink off completely and turning my fans way up with smc. Has anyone found a working card for this model yet. I see lots of posts about it, but nobody says what has actually worked for them.
I wanted to let you know that I opened my computer and checked the video card. It has some swollen condensators. After checking many websites, I found that this problem was known by Apple. I have just called them and actually they agree to repare it for free in an Apple authorized service center, even if I had only 1 year of guarantee my Mac Pro is 2 years old.
Same thing my x is crap and i cant find a cheap replacment. Do you guys know about flashing and card would work best with my version MacPro. Amazing this seems to be the best compendium the subject. I would love to see Steve Jobs do a press conference about this. Hardware Overview:. Model Name: Mac Pro Model Identifier: MacPro2,1 Processor Name: Having seen the shared grief above, I count myself amongst the lucky ones.