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Ted Irving
Graphics Slot Use-FCPX
on Dec 13, 2014 at 5:29:40 pm

Need help from all you graphics card gurus. I bought a ATI Radeon HD 7970 for use with FCPX in a Mid 2010 Mac tower. I also have the stock ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB. The 7970 failed on my after two months. Lemon past the warranty period. It works for a time if installed and it may be the power requirements and slot I'm putting it in. I can't afford another lemon card and I won't be budgeting a matching 5770 until next year. Here are my questions:

1. Can I mix the 7970 with the 5770 if the power requirements are met in order to get benefits with FCPX? I did try it and it blazed but of course the screen flickers and color pop occurred.

2. If the power requirements are met perfectly what is the downside of mixing graphic cards for FCPX, After Effects, Motion, etc.

3. Is anyone using a mixed graphic card setup now is an equivalent apple computer? If so, what are your reviews, concerns, etc.?

4. If I do start over with graphic cards should I seek ATI, AMD or Nvidia, and what specific models meet or exceed FCPX requirements?

Ted Irving
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Noah Kadner
Re: Graphics Slot Use-FCPX
on Dec 14, 2014 at 5:19:09 pm

How do you mean mixing? FCPX will use one or the other assuming compatibility- but not both.

Noah

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Bret Williams
Re: Graphics Slot Use-FCPX
on Dec 14, 2014 at 5:24:49 pm

Has that not changed with the older macpro since the new macpro uses dual cards?


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Ted Irving
Re: Graphics Slot Use-FCPX
on Dec 14, 2014 at 7:41:07 pm

yeah I've read and heard that prior to Yosemite. I'm sure its the same but I'll probably post this on the Apple hardware site as well. Just wishful thinking on my end with different cards becasue the $500 investment sucks when the card dies after two months. Really wanting to make this AMD 7970 work and wondering if I'm doing something wrong. I'll probably just get another ATI 5770 and go with two of those.

Ted Irving
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tedirving@tedtv.tv


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Noah Kadner
Re: Graphics Slot Use-FCPX
on Dec 14, 2014 at 10:37:13 pm

Old Mac Pro is not the same in terms of dual GPU usage as current - sorry.

Noah

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Bret Williams
Re: Graphics Slot Use-FCPX
on Dec 15, 2014 at 2:38:28 am

If that's true, then I assume the same rule applies that absolutely can't have two cards installed and run FCP X.

But I wonder if that's true. I have a 5770 installed in a 2006 MacPro that has an HDMI port on the 5770 (it's a flashed PC 5770) and the HDMI port can be used just like the HDMI On the NMP and the retinas for video monitoring. Heck that MacPro wasn't even supposed to run Mountain Lion, but I got Mavericks to run on it by hacking the firmware or something. I forget.


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Mike Real
Re: Graphics Slot Use-FCPX
on Sep 15, 2015 at 4:04:47 am

I have a macbook pro 1 1. 2 video cars work well with zero issues.

I upgraded the firmware to 2.1 ( both video cards worked prior to firmware update )
I have 2 ati radeon 5770s . they are not exact models ( look way different )
they are both connected to each other with a cross fire cable.
running 3 monitors
running a patched version of Yosemite 10.10.5 (pikes boot.efi)
16 gigs ram
2 x 3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors

right now editing video sucks! I am editing 4k. was working a little better before I upgraded to yosemite,,, but I am not sure I plugged the video cards in the same way.

what im wondering is if it matters what ports i plug into for better performance... should I plug into both video cards? or should I run all 3 monitors that I am using on 1 video card and which one?


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