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2012 Mac Pro GPU Upgrade Help


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#1 BrentReel

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Posted 27 December 2015 - 10:44 PM

Hello all!

 

I currently have a 2012 Mac Pro, the last of the towers as it's known, and I'm looking to do some upgrading. I initially tried to do some research on my own, but I have very little to no experience with computer hardware, and I'm unable to make sense out of the numbers and charts I've been reading. Hence, I'm here asking for help!

 

I have exactly $1000 to spend on this upgrade, so the card that I choose needs to be no more than $900, leaving room for taxes. I also need a card that will work both with OSX and Win 10 as my comp is dual booted.

 

I believe I am currently using the ATI Radeon HD 5870, not at home to check atm.

 

From what I've seen, the suggested cards seem to be...

 

AMD Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition ($550)

and

PNY Nvidia Quadro K5000 ($1500+)

 

That said, all the sites I've been looking at seem to be quite outdated, most wrote 2-3 years ago, so I was wondering if there are any newer cards that would fit into that perfect zone between the two cards mentioned above, both in price and performance. 

 

Any help would be massively appreciated, thank you guys so much! <3



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#2 Captain_Chicken

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Posted 28 December 2015 - 09:53 PM

Those gpus are the only ones I could find... Have you considered building a pc?

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Posted 28 December 2015 - 10:03 PM

I have, but for reasons I'm not gonna drag you into, it's very important to me to keep OsX available to me. I use that to work, then boot into windows for games.

 

Thanks for taking a look around to confirm my initial thoughts!



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Posted 28 December 2015 - 10:05 PM

You could always run OsX in a virtual machine.

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Posted 28 December 2015 - 10:08 PM

I did look into that when I originally bought my Mac, and it seemed that at that time you suffered a significant performance loss when doing that, and the work I do is equally intensive as gaming haha. I'll take another look into it now though, its been about 3 years, so things may have changed.


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