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Kenneth Cleeton
Graphics card for Mac Pro 5.1
on Oct 17, 2012 at 5:32:14 pm

Hey all,

It's important that I premise everything below with the fact that I know very little about graphics cards and GPU's. With that said, I have recently made the switch to Adobe CS 6 for my editing and special effects work and have found myself doing a considerable amount of research about the best option to upgrade my graphics card to get the most use out of Adobe's Mercury Playback Engine. Currently, I have an ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 MB card installed in my mid-2010 Mac Pro 5.1 that has 2 x 2.66 GHz 6 core Intel Xeon processors and 16 GB of 1333 MHz DDR 3 RAM. My machine is running OS X 10.8.2.

When I began my research I knew that there were very limited options for aftermarket graphics cards available for the Mac Pro, but I had no idea how limited they were. Until I had found your site, I had only confirmed that the Quadro 4000 was available. I had also found this ( blog post, but I wasn't sure about how stable using the GTX 660ti would be when software updates were released either from Apple or Adobe. Am I correct in having these reservations about using the GTX 660ti in my machine?

Considering my system specifications, the fact that I need something that will give me the most use out of Adobe Premiere, and the fact that I use 3 displays, can you offer a suggestion that will fall into the $300-$400 price range? Would the Nvidia GTX 470 & GT120 for Apple Mac Pro 1.3 GB CUDA from Mac Vid Cards be a viable option? Or is there something even better in my price range with more CUDA cores that will support 3 displays? I'm really open to whatever solution will work best in my price range.

Thanks in advance for your time and all of your help. I look forward to your response.


K.L. Cleeton
Co-Owner/Lead Editor/Event Specialist
2FAST4U Productions

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