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Michael Holmes
What GPU card for Mac Pro?
on Sep 5, 2012 at 9:26:22 pm

Well, I give up on avoiding buying a reference monitor, even though much of the work goes to the Internet. I usually do a Blu-ray video (of live band performances) along with the H.264 QT movies for the Internet, and I am spending way too much time looking at the computer monitor, then the Panasonic plasma, then checking calibration, etc.………and I am still never sure.

So, I am probably going to get an FSI reference monitor and a Cubix Xpander Desktop 4 (for DeckLink HD Extreme 3D card). This then opens up a slot for a GPU card in the Desktop 4. Currently I just have an ATI Radeon HD 5770 for GUI, with all the other PCIe slots taken for: Pro Tools, external hard drive enclosure, and UAD audio plug-in card.

What GPU card (single or double width) should I get to speed things up?

Info: 2010 Mac Pro (dual quad core), DaVinci Resolve 9 Lite, FCP X, Pro Tools HD Native.


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Joseph Owens
Re: What GPU card for Mac Pro?
on Sep 5, 2012 at 10:36:03 pm

The fastest nVidia cards you can afford, not the Q4000, but either the Lion compatible ones or flashed from MacVidCards. Search for Pirinelli on this forum.

jPo

"I always pass on free advice -- its never of any use to me" Oscar Wilde.


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Michael Holmes
Re: What GPU card for Mac Pro?
on Sep 5, 2012 at 11:00:40 pm

OK, thanks, I see he has posted much on this.
Don't know how I missed it.


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David Chai
Re: What GPU card for Mac Pro?
on Sep 6, 2012 at 4:26:07 am

I'm using a standard PC EVGA GTX 570 with 2.5GB of ram, and Resolve runs pretty much real time on my macpro 3,1 2008, using Lion 10.7.4. No flashing required, just install lion and nvidia and cuda drivers and install card. Of course you'll need the pcie power cables you can find on ebay, but you will not have a apple logo on boot up.

FCPX runs fast, as well as general computing.

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Michael Holmes
Re: What GPU card for Mac Pro?
on Sep 6, 2012 at 2:01:55 pm

David,
Thanks for your help. I'm not knowledgeable about these cards. Man, lots of different options at Newegg, very confusing.

Some questions please:
(1) EVGA has lifetime warranty, so better quality?
(2) Is this the card you have?
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130687
(3) I can put the 570 in the Cubix Xpander Desktop 4 and then not have deal with additional power?
(4) With that excellent performance, you don't see a need to go to 580 card, correct? I assume the equivalent quality 580 card is this one:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130733


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Joseph Mastantuono
Re: What GPU card for Mac Pro?
on Sep 6, 2012 at 2:16:45 pm

If you don't want to buy a cubix and go inexpensive you can buy a gt120 from Mac vid cards, it's a single slot you use as your GUI card... And a Gtx 570 for your double slot.

That's Enough gpu power for most hd work.

Joseph Mastantuono
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Joseph Owens
Re: What GPU card for Mac Pro?
on Sep 6, 2012 at 2:27:36 pm

I'm noticing in your sig that you are running Resolve Lite. Adding extra GPU processing will not help you achieve higher speeds as Lite will only access one GPU, so even if you stuff an Xpander, Lite won't see them. Or they won't see the Lite... whichever.

jPo

"I always pass on free advice -- its never of any use to me" Oscar Wilde.


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Michael Holmes
Re: What GPU card for Mac Pro?
on Sep 6, 2012 at 3:45:47 pm

I thought that Lite would access one GPU card in addition to the GUI card:
http://forums.creativecow.net/thread/277/14723

I have only the 5770 card now for GUI, so the new 570 (or 580) card would be the one GPU card.

Am I wrong on this?


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Dwaine Maggart
Re: What GPU card for Mac Pro?
on Sep 6, 2012 at 3:52:44 pm

That is correct. Resolve Lite can access one GUI card and one GPU card. So you can add an NVIDIA card along with your 5770 GUI card, and Resolve Lite will use the NVIDIA card for GPU processing.

Dwaine Maggart
Blackmagic Design DaVinci Support


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Margus Voll
Re: What GPU card for Mac Pro?
on Sep 6, 2012 at 4:58:11 pm

but you will probably have power issues i bet as 5770 and 570 have thirsty power inputs if i'm correct ?

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Michael Holmes
Re: What GPU card for Mac Pro?
on Sep 6, 2012 at 5:03:59 pm

Note above, the 570 (or 580) will be in an Xpander Desktop 4, not in the Mac Pro.

BTW, Cubix recommends using a card that meets PCIe specs with 8P + 6P auxiliary power connectors, rather than non-spec cards which have 8P + 8P + 6P auxiliary power connectors and over-spec height.


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Mandla Bolekaja
Re: What GPU card for Mac Pro?
on Apr 14, 2014 at 3:39:08 am

Hi Dwaine,

Will I have power issues if I add an NVidia card to my 5770 in my Mac Pro? Not in an expander.
Max, I'm looking to work on with this set up is 2k.


Thanks

MB
MacPro5,1
2.8 Quad-Core,
24 GB Ram,
Resolve 10 Lite
CS6, Mountain Lion


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