I have a 3,1 Mac Pro and want to replace the dead video card in it. If I buy this "kit" do I need anything else? Or can this just replace the bad one?

Early 2008 Mac Pro 3,1 with a non working stock ATI card.
I need to find a replacement but saw this was listed as a "kit" and did not know if I needed something other than this kit to get it up and going.

  • Asked by Joshua C from Indianapolis
  • Oct 18, 2011
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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2 Answers from the Community

  • Answer

    I have exactly the same model as you, a Mac Pro 3,1 and am running the 5770 and the old card as well to give me a total capacity of 4 screens (although I'm only using 2.

    Yes you can just replace the old card without any hassle. Just be sure you have the minimum required MacOS X version which I believe is 10.6.4, but I'll assume you're running Lion.

    Cheers,
    Grant

    • Answered by Grant S from Bexley
    • Oct 26, 2011
  • You need nothing else. Everything is in the box, Instructions to install, and the proper power cable to power the card. I received mine this morning, and it took no time at all to install. And its really great and was worth it!

    But if you are wanting to do anything fancy like having 2 or three displays, The correct Adaptors and cables are unfortunately not included. And computer store guys, (including Apple Stores) are really deluded/confused about which are the correct DVI cables for your particular display(s).

    So I would advise looking at your monitors manual (if your display or displays are not Apple ones, to see what DVI it uses.) And also google "DVI connectors and cables" to make sure you are buying the right cables etc, for your set-up.

    If I had NOT have done this, it would have all ended in tears. (not being able to connect my monitor.) Luckily I had the DVI to VGA Adaptor that came in the box with my MacPro! Which saved the day. So I have to stick with VGA although my monitor has Dual link DVI-D connection, which I SO SO desperately want to use. Because you get better resolution, and nice response, when you go all digital from the card to the display.

    The Mini Display to DVI Adaptors are available here in the Apple Store though. I honestly DONT know why they don't stock the DVI cables themselves... Unless Im blind, and my guide dog has went on strike, and just can't see it in the Apple Store site.

    • Answered by Christopher J from Kensington
    • Feb 16, 2012