Will this work in a Mac Pro 1,1 ? I know it doesn't mention on the compatibility, but Apple is known for underselling graphics cards

  • Asked by Filipe R from Folsom
  • 09-Aug-2010
ATI Radeon HD 5770 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010)

ATI Radeon HD 5770 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010)

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49 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    It Works. I just installed one on my 2006 1.1 Mac pro. BUT: I connected each of my two 22" monitors to the mini-display ports using adapters to DVI cables, which works perfectly. Then, when I connected my HD TV to the DVI port, it won't work. I read something about it being overridden by the MiniDisplay Ports. Not sure why this happens, but Apple, if your listening, a software fix for this would be greatly appreciated! I want to use it to run my Netflix on the big 42"...

    • Answered by Kort J from Redwood City
    • 11-Sep-2010
  • I just bought the ATI Radeon HD 5770 for my 2007 1,1 Mac Pro and all i did was replace the Nvidia 8800 512 MB with the new 5770 1GB and kicked on Starcraft 2 and WoW Catacylsm Beta and works beautifully. Didn't have to install any drivers just installed the graphics card to the mother board and was good to go.

    • Answered by Kyle H from Naples
    • 16-Sep-2010
  • From Other World Computer:

    So we dove in deeper to give all inquiring minds a full blown investigation you have come to expect from us. Here’s the breakdown:

    2006-2007 Mac Pro:

    Sorry to say it, but the 5870 is not…repeat…NOT compatible.
    The 5770 is compatible, but only with the DVI connection.
    2008 Mac Pro:

    Both the 5870 and 5770 cards work with both the DVI and MiniDisplay Port connections in any combination of two displays. So, you can have two displays with MiniDisplay connections, or one with a DVI connection and one with a MiniDisplay connection.
    Adding a third display will override the DVI connection, causing it to deactivate.
    2009-2010 Mac Pro:

    Both the 5870 and 5770 cards work with both the DVI and MiniDisplay Port connections in any combination of two displays. So, you can have two displays with MiniDisplay connections, or one with a DVI connection and one with a MiniDisplay connection.
    Adding a third display will override the DVI connection, causing it to deactivate.
    We have also confirmed that all NewerTech Mini DVI and MiniDisplay Port video adapter cables are compatible with all Mac Pro models. And that’s a good thing as they offer thicker cabling and better shielding for the highest quality, interference-free display output.

    • Answered by Andrew F from Dallas
    • 26-Sep-2010
  • I just called apple, they said that the 5770 WILL work with the first gen mac pro, im guessing the 5870 but i just asked about the 5770. thank god for ATI making this card compatible!

    • Answered by Mark S from Ajax
    • 13-Aug-2010
  • I just purchased an HD 5770 to drive a new 27" LED Apple Cinema Display after being reassured that it would work by answers in Discussions. Indeed not only does it drive the ACD at full resolution via one of the two Display Ports but I even hooked up an older Dell 30" monitor to the DVI port and both monitors worked perfectly in extended desktop or mirrored configurations at full resolution. No problems or 'issues' at all. I should add, just to eliminate any ambiguity, that this card is installed in a Mac Pro bought in August of 2006 (one of the best computers I've ever owned).

    • Answered by Welles B G from Santa Cruz
    • 22-Oct-2010
  • I have installed this card on my MacPro1,1 and it is working fine. I am driving two 24" monitors with one DVi and one mDP to DVI.

    • Answered by Alex Y from Forest Hills
    • 17-Sep-2010
  • Works great with two monitors on my Mac Pro 1.1. DVI port and mini port. Thought I was going to have to spend a lot on a stock video card. Hope this helps someone with a dead video card in their 1.1.

    • Answered by Dale K from Toronto
    • 25-Sep-2010
  • Works perfect in my MacPro 1,1 and very quiet...I bought it first to make sure it worked then the following month bought the new LED Apple 27 inch :)..Much faster than the stock card. The MacPro 1,1 is the best computer I have ever purchased they hold their use for years!!!

    • Answered by Curtis N from Houston
    • 05-Nov-2010
  • Just installed it yesterday into my 1,1 and it works beautifully on two monitors so far. Haven't really pushed it very hard yet, but so far so good

    • Answered by Michael P from Toronto
    • 16-Sep-2010
  • This card seems to work with early Mac Pros.

    My mac pro was purchased in December 2006.

    Original video card burnt out about two years ago.
    Got an 8800GT -- that burnt out a few weeks ago.
    Got one of these - it is much quieter than the 8800GT and I was able to hook up the DVI port to one monitor and then use a "Mini Display Port to DVI cable" to hook up a second monitor. Both monitors seem to work fine in bootcamp (windows) and OSX

    Model Name: Mac Pro
    Model Identifier: MacPro1,1
    Processor Name: Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz

    • Answered by L R from Portland
    • 29-Dec-2010
  • Thanks to everyone for the helpful posts! I'll add to the chorus... I installed the 5770 into my MacPro 1,1 as a replacement for the original 1900 XT in order to connect a new 27" CinemaDisplay. Works beautifully... no problems at all. Have yet to really work it out with graphics intensive programs, but so far it feels silky smooth, and it's CONSIDERABLY quieter than the old 1900XT. Don't be put off by the "mid 2010" requirement. Even the "geniuses" at the Apple Store weren't aware that this works!

    • Answered by Dan E from Salt Lake City
    • 19-Nov-2010
  • It should be fine ATI cards unlike nvidia are built to be compatible with both EFI 32 and EFI 64 interfaces and i know the 4870 is fully compatible even with the first generation intel mac pro some people were saying that the 5770 takes up 2 pci express slots but that is just false i havent had the chance to try it myself since my 4870 is enough for me but i am sure it should work just fine

    • Answered by Rosevelt N from Lowell
    • 12-Aug-2010
  • I can verify that it works as well. I was confused since no one at apple could give me a great answer, but I just installed it and it is awesome.

    • Answered by Matt O from Chicago
    • 19-Oct-2010
  • works on my 2x3ghz dual core MacPro 1,1....

    (possibly the best workstation i've ever owned)

    much quieter than the x1900 or 3860 (?) card it replaced... I am not a game player, but it draws noticeably quicker in my cs5 apps - especially photoshop with video card acceleration.


    Also faster with Aperture - not a huge difference in Motion though.

    Web pages also benefit.

    the 1GB of vram makes a huge difference in the speed of switching apps/windows/spaces when hundreds are open.


    Simply replaced the older card with this, and it booted right up.

    Running a 30" ACD off the DVI port.

    I highly recommend this for 1,1 owners who want another 6-12 months good use from your workhorse.

    • Answered by Demian R from San Francisco
    • 14-Dec-2010
  • I just finished switching from an ATI 3870 for my Mac Pro 2006 1,1. I have previously the XT1900 that went toast as well as the original GForce that came with it. The new card is SO quiet compared to the previous two ATI cards! I suggest if you have two or more monitors, hook up the main display first to make sure everything works. I have my 30" Cinema HD on the DVI and my 23" Display Cinema HD on the mini. The card switched the displays around on my first attempt and first boot was garbage on the 30", nothing on the 23"..... I am using the single mini, so if I want 3 displays, I have to switch to the dual mini adapters...... Did I mention how darn quiet my Mac Pro is now? YES!!!! And yes it works flawlessly :-P

    • Answered by Michael G from Mountlake Terrace
    • 16-Oct-2010
  • Yes it worked.

    OS X 10.6.8
    Model Name: Mac Pro
    Model Identifier: MacPro1,1
    Processor Name: Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    Processor Speed: 2 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 2
    Total Number Of Cores: 4
    L2 Cache (per processor): 4 MB
    Memory: 7 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.33 GHz
    Boot ROM Version: MP11.005C.B08

    I replaced the two original NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT cards with the 5770.
    I run 2x plain vanilla 22" monitors.

    The App store is now allowing me to download FCPX.
    Before the upgrade it would not let me due to hardware incompatibility.

    Very pleased, I wasn't ready to retire this machine just yet, it's been great.
    Thanks ATI.

    • Answered by Michael G from Alderley
    • 19-Jul-2011
  • I just got a 5770 upgrade kit for my 2006 MacPro 1,1 to drive a new/refurb Apple 24 LED display from the MiniDisplayPort. The 5770 was plug and play, runs fine and is very quiet. Too bad the fixed video cable on the Apple 24 is so short.

    • Answered by John C H from Arlington
    • 25-Nov-2010
  • I just installed the ATI 5770 video board into Mac Pro 1.1 (BOOT ROM MP11.005C.B08 SMC 1.7f10). Note BOOT ROM was upgraded as part of firmware update 1.2. A prior posting about ROM needing to be xxxx.B00 is incorrect. I'm running a 23" '07 Cinema Display (1920x1080) on the DVI port and a brand-X 23" on one of 2 Mini Display Ports (mDP). There are NO audio output options for mDP in the System Preferences so I don't expect to use this for an audio output. The following seem to be running smoothly: Safari 5.0.5, FCP 7.0.3, Aperture 3.1.2 , Adobe CS5e 12.0.4 (in 64 bit). This even improved hi-res streaming videos from the web (and I thought the issue was just web bandwidth.) Professionally compressed 1920x1080 HV video streams are very sharp and smooth. Installation into slot 1 was smooth.

    • Answered by Charles L from Redondo Beach
    • 29-Jun-2011
  • The 5770 does indeed work, with all three ports fully functioning for video use. As noted in aApple's kbase docs, you'll need a MiniDisplayPort -> (dual link) DVI adapter if you intend to drive three displays.

    What I can say at this time after having tried both of the MD ports, is that audio is *not* currently working on the 5770. This may or may not change, and depends upon whether or not the MDP's audio capability is software activated (i.e. it's capable, but the OS is not yet aware so to speak).

    With any luck audio will work on the Windows side.

    • Answered by Eric R from Hayward
    • 25-Oct-2010
  • I just installed this in my 2006 Mac Pro. It works brilliantly! Took about 5 mins to stick it in and get it going. I have a cinema hd plugged into the dvi and an hp plugged into one of the mini display ports using the apple adapter. Games never looked so good! Highly recommend it! Boom!

    • Answered by Chris B
    • 23-Dec-2010