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
  • Aug 9, 2010
ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009)

ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009)

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8 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    This card can be confirmed to run in a Mac Pro 1,1 model. I have it installed and am using it right now. The only thing that has yet to function ia audio output via the mini displayports.

    Snow Leopard 10.6.4 AND the Snow Leopard Graphics Update are required for this card to function as a 3D renderer (will function as a 2D raster device in 10.5.8, and in 10.6.3 and below, at least allowing you to install the card first and then update the software).

    • Answered by Eric R from Hayward
    • Nov 15, 2010
  • I just installed this card in my Mac Pro 1,1. Working perfectly. My Boot Rom is MP11.005C.B08 so I'm not sure what was the issue with a previous poster. It booted right up without any issue. I was fully updated to 10.6.6 before I installed the Card. Hope this helps.

    • Answered by Bryant H from Brooklyn
    • Mar 17, 2011
  • With regard to the Mac Pro 1,1, it apparently depends on your system's firmware and your version of Mac OS X. If your firmware version is MP11.005C.B00 or MP11.005D.B00, it should work. If your Mac Pro's firmware version is MP11.005C.B08, it will NOT work. If you have the correct firmware, you must have at least Snow Leopard 10.6.4 to use the card to its fullest.

    I'm running OS X 10.6.6, but not realizing the firmware was the deciding factor, I purchased this for my Mac Pro. Unfortunately, it has the B08 firmware, and would not recognize the card.

    • Answered by Joe L from Winter Park
    • Feb 16, 2011
  • According to Barefeats it will work.

    • Answered by Brian B from Riverton
    • Sep 30, 2010
  • Yes it will. It's so tiring that this is not more officialy supported. But 5770 and 5870 work on mac pro 1.1 flawlessly.

    • Answered by Brian B from Olympia
    • Feb 15, 2011
  • I just put a new one on my 2006 1,1 and it is better than the stock video card by clarity , colour and over all picture.

    I give it 100%

    • Answered by Eugene B from Sault Ste Marie
    • Dec 2, 2011
  • Hi all,

    Is it confirmed that it won't work on the MacPro 1.1 with the firmware version MP11.005C.B08? This is the spec of my machine and I was thinking about buying this card.

    Many thanks

    • Answered by Nick L
    • Oct 1, 2011
  • I read it requires 64 Bit EFI , so no

    • Answered by Gwen V from Toronto
    • Aug 19, 2010