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Ryan Snook
Fitting a GTX 580 in a Mac Pro
on May 24, 2012 at 2:10:33 pm

So who has successfully fit a GTX 580 in their Mac Pro (preferably an Early 2008) and could actually shut the side panel with all 3 power connectors connected...

Even if i cut the hell out of that case and ran cable perfectly, those power connectors coming off the side of that giant card would be flush with the edge of the case even if bent and broken at a 90 degree angle...

How is this done? Run with case open? Go to a blacksmith and buy a custom made "2 inches more wide" side panel?

Ideas? Comments? Slanders? Anything?


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Colin Travers
Re: Fitting a GTX 580 in a Mac Pro
on May 24, 2012 at 2:28:41 pm

I have a 12-core 5,1 MacPro but the cords fit in and the door shuts fine so I am not really sure without a picture what the problem is with your setup. Maybe the cords are too long?

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Paul Jay
Re: Fitting a GTX 580 in a Mac Pro
on May 24, 2012 at 3:06:03 pm

I hope you have a daily (hourly) backup with that 8TB RAID0 system. 1 disk fail and it's over.


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Juan Salvo
Re: Fitting a GTX 580 in a Mac Pro
on May 24, 2012 at 2:43:26 pm

3 power connects? There's only two. You didn't get the "classified" edition did you?

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Ryan Snook
Re: Fitting a GTX 580 in a Mac Pro
on May 24, 2012 at 2:57:53 pm

Yea - I got the 3GB classified.


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Juan Salvo
Re: Fitting a GTX 580 in a Mac Pro
on May 24, 2012 at 3:41:48 pm

The classified doesn't work in the Mac Pro. The standard edition barely gets by in a Mac Pro. Classified requires 30% more juice. Closing the case is the least of your problems. Return it and get a standard 3gb 580. It fits.

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Ryan Snook
Re: Fitting a GTX 580 in a Mac Pro
on May 24, 2012 at 4:03:17 pm

I have a dedicated GPU 450W power supply fits into optical drive bay ) for both 8 pins and a 6 pin. Functionally working fine, but I cannot close my case...

Are there like very flexible low profile cables available?


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Blase Theodore
Re: Fitting a GTX 580 in a Mac Pro
on May 24, 2012 at 4:36:49 pm

Without dremelling the case, it doesn't seem possible. I have the same setup, and the power cable hangs out the side of the case.


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Ryan Snook
Re: Fitting a GTX 580 in a Mac Pro
on May 24, 2012 at 4:43:57 pm

It's ridiculous isn't it? Do you sometimes feel that Steve still gets the best of you even from the grave when you attempt to upgrade his trash to a standard that meets our modern day?


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Margus Voll
Re: Fitting a GTX 580 in a Mac Pro
on May 24, 2012 at 6:50:52 pm

you could extend cables out from optical bay door and put psu on top of the machine.

side panel would still be the problem.

do you have standard pc card or have David flashed it ?

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Ryan Snook
Re: Fitting a GTX 580 in a Mac Pro
on May 24, 2012 at 7:02:39 pm

Yeah... I have an optical bay dedicated power unit that is working fine - but the connectors alone stick out past the side :(.

Its a standard card, I have not had it flashed yet.


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Margus Voll
Re: Fitting a GTX 580 in a Mac Pro
on May 24, 2012 at 7:03:43 pm

data bus should work faster after flashing 2,5 gig vs 5 gig.

This why i ask.

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Juan Salvo
Re: Fitting a GTX 580 in a Mac Pro
on May 24, 2012 at 10:58:50 pm

Pretty cool! Would love to see if there is any difference in the standard candle test performance with the Classified Edition.

Sounds like you're not going to be able to close the chassis though. Might be for the better, Mac Pro with a card running that hot needs more room.

You may be able to hack together a shorter power cable, but I don't know of one you could buy that would fit.

Do pot some benchmarks though. Really interested to hear what the difference in performance is.

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Ryan Snook
Re: Fitting a GTX 580 in a Mac Pro
on May 25, 2012 at 5:24:45 pm

I've only briefly read about the candle test. I'll gladly do it on Mac and Windows if you can guide me in how to do it and what screen shots you want.


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Adrian Thompson
Re: Fitting a GTX 580 in a Mac Pro
on May 31, 2012 at 6:57:16 pm

Quick question, does the macvidcards' GTX 570 work well in AE CS6?

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Rasch Dè rascher
Re: Fitting a GTX 580 in a Mac Pro
on Sep 23, 2012 at 8:29:32 pm

The idea of a 2 inch custom panel souns good....maybe curved or stealth-style ahah!
I'm just joking, but i've to purchase the same card and I'm adjusting the aim to the right one...I prefer to use the 2x 6 pins connectors inside the mac, but I've found 2 versions of the 580, one whitout cables, it just reports a power consuption of 244W (sound strange for an acceleration card no???) and the other one whit a 6 pin and 8 pin cables...what does it means??I can decide to use one or other, or I've to plug both?? If needs both maybe an adapter cable 6-to-8 could be a solution?? I'm throb for use a screwdriver ahahah! Tnx everybody...

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