2.0ghz mac pro videocards?

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i have an opportunity to procure a 2x2.0ghx dual core mac pro from someone who has a debt to settle with me. that being said he reports it has a nvidia 7300gt videocard in it. also has 2 gigs of ram. first off what sort of videocard upgrades can i do with that particular model and second what speed is the ram? is it ECC or unbuffered? sorry for the noob questions in advance but input is greatly appreciated.
 

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It's actually a Power Mac G5. All Mac Pros thus far have had quad core chips.

Could be an '03-'04 or an '04-'05 model with 400Mhz PC3200 SDRAM.
Could be an '05-'06 model with 533Mhz PC4200 SDRAM.

As it sits, it's worth $200-$300 depending on condition, what version of OS X is installed, whether the discs come with it, etc.

Depending on which machine it is, could require a 8X AGP or a PCI-E card. Regardless of which one, pretty much any video card upgrade that will go in it, is likely to cost you almost as much as the machine is worth.
 
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sorry the formula as stated above represents the first digit equalling the quantity of processors in said system with the 2.0 revealing the processor speed and the dual core stating that the individual CPUs have in fact dual cores. so 2x2=4 cores :) i am aware that it is PCIE and was wondering what cards are available. am i permitted to use the new gtx285's? 4870s? quadro fx45,4800? x1900xt? thank you :)
 

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That would make it the '05-'06 Power Mac G5.

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The quadra fx 4500 was made for the G5s, don't know about the 4800. Am pretty sure all of the other cards you have listed there require an Intel Mac Pro and will not work in that PPC Mac.
 

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i am aware that it is PCIE and was wondering what cards are available. am i permitted to use the new gtx285's? 4870s? quadro fx45,4800? x1900xt? thank you :)

I know for a fact you can use the X1900 (I have this one in my quad-core Mac Pro)...and I'm pretty sure I have seen someone say that they were successful using a 4870.

You can also use a PCIe Radeon 2600 card...like this:

ATI RADEON HD 2600 XT 256MB PCIE VIDEO CARD FOR MAC PRO - eBay (item 130371563602 end time Mar-09-10 20:48:51 PST)

Hope this helps,

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That's just it, it's not a Mac Pro the best I can tell. It's a G5. Best I can tell, there has never been a 2.0Ghz chip in a Mac Pro. I haven't found anything that says these cards will work in a G5.

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Did find a link indicating a x1900XT for the G5 was planned for release after the Mac Pros came out, but have not found one.

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From what I have found, there were two versions of the x1900XT released... one called the Mac Edition and one called the G5 Mac Edition. The difference is the EFI vs OF. And looks like Apple sold the Mac Pro version and ATI sold the G5 version. Appears one difference in the 2 cards, the Mac Pro edition had 512 MB while the G5 version only had 256MB vram.
Found many discussions of people wanting to try the Mac Edition for the Mac Pro in their G5 but none with positive results.
 
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That's just it, it's not a Mac Pro the best I can tell. It's a G5. Best I can tell, there has never been a 2.0Ghz chip in a Mac Pro. I haven't found anything that says these cards will work in a G5.

edit:
Did find a link indicating a x1900XT for the G5 was planned for release after the Mac Pros came out, but have not found one.

re-edit:
From what I have found, there were two versions of the x1900XT released... one called the Mac Edition and one called the G5 Mac Edition. The difference is the EFI vs OF. And looks like Apple sold the Mac Pro version and ATI sold the G5 version. Appears one difference in the 2 cards, the Mac Pro edition had 512 MB while the G5 version only had 256MB vram.
Found many discussions of people wanting to try the Mac Edition for the Mac Pro in their G5 but none with positive results.


Mac Pro - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

look in the processor section under optional processors, for some reason it maybe was a downscale(xeon 5130) . also i think Buy and Sell Used Macs - We Have Used Macs, Refurbished Apple Desktops, Apple Notebooks, Peripherals - Mac of All Trades has a 2.0ghz for sale too. this website now expains the memory question. thank you for the assistance on the videocard selection :)
 
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also wiki answers the videocard question. thank you for the thought provoking banter that got me to wiki haha.
 

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That's just it, it's not a Mac Pro the best I can tell. It's a G5. Best I can tell, there has never been a 2.0Ghz chip in a Mac Pro.

Bob,

Yeah this does seem to be a bit confusing...since this Mac Pro configuration is very rare or a bit unusual.

Here's a quote from Everymac.com regarding the original 2006 "quad-core" Mac Pro's where a quad-core 2.0ghz version (2 x core 2 duo CPU's) was offered as a custom lower cost "downgrade" configuration:

"Also offered, via custom configuration, were two 2 GHz Dual Core Xeon 5130 processors for US$300 less"

Mac Pro "Quad Core" 2.66 (Original) Specs (Mac Pro, MA356LL/A, A1186, MacPro1,1*) @ EveryMac.com

Hopefully this helps things make more sense,:)

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That's just it, it's not a Mac Pro the best I can tell. It's a G5. Best I can tell, there has never been a 2.0Ghz chip in a Mac Pro. I haven't found anything that says these cards will work in a G5.

edit:
Did find a link indicating a x1900XT for the G5 was planned for release after the Mac Pros came out, but have not found one.

re-edit:
From what I have found, there were two versions of the x1900XT released... one called the Mac Edition and one called the G5 Mac Edition. The difference is the EFI vs OF. And looks like Apple sold the Mac Pro version and ATI sold the G5 version. Appears one difference in the 2 cards, the Mac Pro edition had 512 MB while the G5 version only had 256MB vram.
Found many discussions of people wanting to try the Mac Edition for the Mac Pro in their G5 but none with positive results.

Bob,

Yeah this does seem to be a bit confusing...since this Mac Pro configuration is very rare or a bit unusual.

Here's a quote from Everymac.com regarding the original 2006 "quad-core" Mac Pro's where a quad-core 2.0ghz version (2 x core 2 duo CPU's) was offered as a custom lower cost "downgrade" configuration:

"Also offered, via custom configuration, were two 2 GHz Dual Core Xeon 5130 processors for US$300 less"

Mac Pro "Quad Core" 2.66 (Original) Specs (Mac Pro, MA356LL/A, A1186, MacPro1,1*) @ EveryMac.com

Hopefully this helps things make more sense,:)

- Nick

yeah i found this to be very odd as i always was under the assumption that the 2006 macpros started at the 2x2.66ghz models. thank you for the clarification. ;D
 

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Thanks guys... I must have read past that line at least 3 times yesterday afternoon. :Sleeping: Guess the other clue was the 7300 as I couldn't find that card for the G5 either. (You know us old guys get stubborn once we get something in our head.)

T_N, that puts the machine in the $1,000 range and at least now you know for sure what you're getting. That's probably a fine machine for another couple of years anyway.
 

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(You know us old guys get stubborn once we get something in our head.)

I've been known to be guilty of this as well!;);)

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Thanks guys... I must have read past that line at least 3 times yesterday afternoon. :Sleeping: Guess the other clue was the 7300 as I couldn't find that card for the G5 either. (You know us old guys get stubborn once we get something in our head.)

T_N, that puts the machine in the $1,000 range and at least now you know for sure what you're getting. That's probably a fine machine for another couple of years anyway.

dont worry us young whipper snappers do it too. good deal, i think i will put the G5 up for sale maybe?
 

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