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Mac Pro - A couple questions about the hardware


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I am pretty new to the hardware of macs because I normally work with PCs. I have a couple questions about the Mac Pro.

Firstly, from what I can tell, I'm assuming that the Mac Pro doesn't support a SLI config or a Crossfire config but it does support multiple video cards. Is this correct? Am I also correct in assuming that when you have multiple video cards, this doesn't actually speed up GPU processes, it just allows for extra monitors?

Second, if I wanted to be able to use SLI, would I be able to build a custom PC and take the parts from a Mac Pro and stick them into another mobo that support SLI. AKA are there parts in a Mac Pro that won't work outside of the Mac Pro motherboard? Or any problems I'll run into with support of hardware in a case.
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1. You are correct

2. Macs are just PCs with Apple motherboards and a shiny OS. They use the same ram and graphics cards as seen in PCs, so you can use Mac Pro cards and ram in a similar PC
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Can I use any graphics card in my Mac?

For instance, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102768
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Can I use any graphics card in my Mac?

For instance, http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16814102768
You can certainly use it in your Mac, however, it may be another matter getting it to work if you can't find drivers for OS X.

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Where can I find mac drivers for cards? the ATI/Nvidia websites?
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Nvidia's website would be the best place to start looking for drivers.

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