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    mac pro and new graphics card (radeon 5450)
    MacNN (via Electronista) announced that ATI was releasing a new, cheap graphics card and implied that it would work on the Mac Pro. I have a 2nd generation Mac Pro and would love to use this card as a replacement to my existing card.

    Does anyone know if it will work. I can't get a straight answer from ATI. For $60 (from Amazon), I'm willing to try it and just return it if it doesn't work, but I don't want to break my computer.

    If anyone has the brains to help me out, it probably would benefit many readers here.
    Thanks, David

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    Quote Originally Posted by barristerwa View Post
    MacNN (via Electronista) announced that ATI was releasing a new, cheap graphics card and implied that it would work on the Mac Pro.
    Can you please provide a link?

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    Sorry for the delay in getting the link:

    ATI Radeon HD 5450 provides DX11 graphics for $60 | Electronista

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    Quote Originally Posted by barristerwa View Post
    From the best I can tell this is not a Mac compatible video card. If you go to ATI web page...the system requirements for this card mention nothing about Macintosh compatibility:

    ATI Radeon? HD 5450 System Requirements

    And if you go to ATI's "download graphics drivers" page...there is no listing for an ATI Radeon 5450 driver for a Macintosh:

    Graphics Drivers & Software

    You just won't find a brand new (newly released) video card for a Mac Pro for $60 dollars...if you did, then the Windows version would be $20 bucks!

    - Nick

    p.s. Believe me...at $60 bucks I would love to get one if this was true.
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    mac pro graphics cards
    Quote Originally Posted by pigoo3 View Post
    You just won't find a brand new (newly released) video card for a Mac Pro for $60 dollars...if you did, then the Windows version would be $20 bucks!

    - Nick

    p.s. Believe me...at $60 bucks I would love to get one if this was true.
    I find fault for Apple on this point. I'm very disappointed. I can't believe that there is any justification for the huge mark up in price and the very, very limited options for upgrading our graphics cards. From what I can tell, I have one or two options that cost $350 or more to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barristerwa View Post
    I find fault for Apple on this point. I'm very disappointed. I can't believe that there is any justification for the huge mark up in price and the very, very limited options for upgrading our graphics cards. From what I can tell, I have one or two options that cost $350 or more to do.
    Welcome to the Macintosh world! This didn't start yesterday...been like this for over 20+ years.

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