Will this work in a 2,1 Mac Pro (Quad Core Early 2009)?

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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  • Best Answer:

    Yes, I will also confirm that this card works perfectly in my Mac Pro 2,1 (2007 era 2 x Quad Core). With this card I am able to use the new 27inch LED through the card's mini displayport without a problem. (woohoo!)

  • I bought this card from the Apple Store and installed it in my 2009 MacPro (which, by the way, is the MacPro4,1 according to the System Profiler). I connected it to my DVI Cinema display and it works great. System Profiler reports it correctly. I am running Mac OS 10.6.8.

  • I just got mine today it works on my 2007 Mac Pro 2,1 (2x3 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon). Just make sure your main monitor is connected to the DVI port and side monitors connected to Mini Display Ports. Otherwise, when viewing 3D model animation, you will get a bit noise on the main monitor that is connected to the Mini Display Port. Installing on MacPro 2007 is a bit tricky because you have to remove all other PCI cards out first before you can fit this monster size video card in. Then you put back in all other PCI cards after that.

  • You need to recheck what Mac you have. It can be a 2,1 or an Early 2009, but not both.

  • Side Note: TechTool Pro 6 says my 5770 card has only .5GB of memory. That software manufacturer has no explanation. System Profiler says driver is not loaded, then below that says it is loaded. Hmmm. I go to the ATI website and it is like this card does not exist.

    Does it "work" in my early 2009 Mac Pro? Yes, but there are indications that concern me. If I am only using 50% of the 1GB memory, I wonder why I bothered to upgrade...

    The fact that Apple states the card works in 2010 and forward does not make me feel any better.

    How the heck do I know if I wasted my money?

  • Yes.

  • Hmm, just took a look at my Mac Pro 4.1...and do not see where you would hook up the auxiliary power cord? In earlier models...or at least in the 1.1, there are a couple of power sockets on the motherboard behind the fan where you can hook up the power cable from the 5770, but I don't see any such sockets on the 4.1. Or is there some way to get power from the pcie chips just at the top of the processor tray? If so, what sort of power cable do I need and where can I find it? Or are you getting power from the harness for the second cd/dvd drive if its not present in your machine?

    I'm puzzled...

  • It just might. I'm using the 5870 in my 2009 MP 2.1 just fine. I'm using Maya and MatchMover 2012, Zbrush 4.0, After Effects 5.5, Final Cut Pro 7.0.3. All are running great. My system also has 16 gig of Ram, if that matters.

    I'd say yes as the 5770 is really close to the 5870.

  • I purchased this card last summer, it works great. I'm running 10.6.6 as of this writing.

  • I have this card running in my old 1,1 Mac Pro but you need to be on 10.6.5 for the latest drivers.