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Do I have a better choice for graphics Card Mac Pro 1st Generation ?

Last response: in Graphics & Displays
April 13, 2010 4:04:37 PM

These are my specs whats my best option ?

Hardware Overview:

Model Name: Mac Pro
Model Identifier: MacPro2,1
Processor Name: Quad-Core Intel Xeon
Processor Speed: 3 GHz
Number Of Processors: 2
Total Number Of Cores: 8
L2 Cache (per processor): 8 MB
Memory: 8 GB
Bus Speed: 1.33 GHz
Boot ROM Version: MP21.007F.B06
SMC Version (system): 1.15f3
Serial Number (system): 1571508XUPZ
Hardware UUID: 00000000-0000-1000-8000-0019E3668396

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT:

Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
Type: GPU
Bus: PCIe
Slot: Slot-2
PCIe Lane Width: x1
VRAM (Total): 512 MB
Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
Device ID: 0x0602
Revision ID: 0x00a2
ROM Revision: 3233
Cinema HD Display:
Resolution: 2560 x 1600
Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Rotation: Supported
Display Connector:
Status: No Display Connected

NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT:

Name: NVDA,Display-B
Type: display
Driver Installed: Yes
Bus: PCI
Slot: Slot-2
Vendor ID: 0x10de
Device ID: 0x0602
Subsystem Vendor ID: 0x10de
Subsystem ID: 0x0010
ROM Revision: 3233
Revision ID: 0x00a2
Link Width: x1
Link Speed: 2.5 GT/s

April 13, 2010 5:14:02 PM

What about NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB ... I've seen some for like 500 bucks on Ebay...
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April 13, 2010 6:36:57 PM

According to the specs, that system has 4 full sized PCI-E slots and was able to support 4 graphic cards so I do not think you are limited to the current X1 slot but you may want to confirm this with the vendors.
Why the change? Gaming or improved productivity?
April 13, 2010 8:57:30 PM

Yes it does have 4 slots... I'm not really sure how it works with graphics cards...

I started with a ATI 1900XT that just quit on me so about 2 years ago I upgraded to the Nvidia 8800GT.. which has worked great until now I'm using 3d software ( modo and z brush ) and when I try to sculpt it just dogs.. like 2 to 3 second delays

The NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB i think was the high end graphics card for the time my machine came out I thought it was like $2000.00 new or something ... 500 bucks seems like a good upgrade for my older machine now...

Does having more than one graphics card do anything for improving performance ? Or is it just for like running dual monitors or something ?