• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    extremely disappointed

    • Written by from Troy

    i work in 3D visual effects, post production, and graphics.

    this video card works fantastic under Windows 7. the Windows drivers for the Quadro are finely tuned and allow particular applications to take full advantage of the video card.

    under OS X, the card is NOT worth the premium cost. my ATI 5870 performs better in applications that the Quadro 4000 is suppose to work better with. for the life of me, i can't understand why Nvidia/Apple can't get these drivers right under OS X. its the same story, Quadro release after Quadro release. Nvidia and Apple just don't seem to care. my current 2010 12-core Mac Pro might be my very last Apple desktop. i just can't justify the Apple tax anymore if Apple isn't going to provide basic stuff professionals need. it just seems like Apple is drifting farther and farther away from the professional market.....so disappointing.

    another extremely annoying thing is that i can't have my ATI 5870 and Quadro 4000 running at the same time. the Mac Pro only has two 6-pin power cables!!!! what's with that!! are you kidding me??!!

    and why is apple charging $400 more than every other vendor for this graphics card? what a joke....please, do yourself a favor and do your research before you buy.

    319 of 345 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money for After Effects

    • Written by from Columbus

    We purchased these cards for our studio because of a recommendation from Apple tec support. After installing them, we started running some tests against the Radeon 5570 that comes in the new mac pros. For $1100, we gained 21 seconds on a 9 and a half minute render. Also after updating OSX to 10.6.7, it conveniently didn't work with the card. We could no longer use a second monitor without reverting back to an older version. It also was slower while using 64bit Maya 2011. It reduced our frame rate and did not improve render times. Also we repeatedly tried to contact PNY to see if we had set the cards up incorrectly, but our calls were never returned nor were our e-mails responded to. We would not recommend this card at all for a professional motion graphics artist.

    248 of 269 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy this card if you want to waste time and money...

    • Written by from Palm Harbor

    I bought this card in hopes it would help speed up my workload and all I did for 3 weeks was troubleshoot this card on my own because Apple, NVIDIA and PNY all thought it was the other companies problem and gave me the run around. Here's what you get for 1200$... Mac side: 1. screen tears constantly, 2. complete system lock ups, 3. audio drivers disappearing when coming over from bootcamp, 4. no support!

    And to top it off if you do a system reformat you need to put in your old card to do so.

    PC side works great but if I wanted a PC I would have bought a PC!

    I 've never been so disappointed in Apple for not making sure PNY had their ducks in a row with their drivers before selling this useless 1200+ dollar card on their site. This card came out 4 months ago and still they have not fixed the drivers!

    227 of 245 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ugh... Common Apple

    • Written by from birmingham

    I did some, not as much as i should have, research before I bought this card. I know it's very specific to what it's going to work with and what it's not.

    I do editing in After Effects,.. 3D in Cinema 4D... bought this card in hopes it would improve workflow with CS5. If you buy the right plugins, ones that support the 4000, you see some gain, but thats it. As for CS4, Forget about it.
    I know it doesn't speed up renders in C4D, but I assumed with all that video memory the screen redraw and over all viewer in C4D would improve... nope. As a matter of fact Cinebench clocked it slower than my old 4870.

    The card seems to rev pretty high, very loud and gets really hot.
    This wouldn't bother me if i was seeing speed gain, but nope. I ended up buying the 5870 and all seems well, but still not what I need.

    It now sits in a box waiting for the day Apple decides to address this issue.

    Oh, also,....if by chance you read this Steve ... PLEASE...PLEASE.... KILL THE DOCK.

    55 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of time

    • Written by from Gloucester

    Hi, I just bought this card and after 3 days it is going back. When it works in premiere pro cs5 it is great but since installing the quadra I have had more crashes than in the last year. It also seems to disappear upon rebooting and I have to install the drivers again to get it working, for a limited time. I would love to keep this card if it was only stable as I can see potential, but for now it's bye bye and steer clear. I didn't spend six grand on.a mac pro (2010) 12 core to bugger about like this.

    53 of 61 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disapointed

    • Written by from VÄRNAMO

    Spent my last money on a new mac pro I need for work, bought this card from the apple store and now I cant even use it since it makes my mac kernel panic about 40 times a day. Sometimes I cant even boot up the system since the card freezes before its loaded up. I don't know if it is Apple or Nvidia or both, but I cant recommend this card(mac version) to anyone. You will just end up taking out the card from the machine and use whatever card you got before.

    Apple please don't sell things not working on your page.

    50 of 60 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Quadro 4000 and screen tearing in After Effects

    • Written by from Marina Del Rey

    Do not buy this video card for the Mac. We bought 8 new 12-core MacPro in February and "upgraded" all the video cards to the Quadro 4000 on the advice of our Mac sales rep. What a mistake. Constant screen tearing with After Effects RAM previews and several problems after doing software updates. Seems every time someone updates their system software it breaks video driver support for the card. Up to date video drivers from NVIDIA have yet to solve screen tearing problems. I have an early 2008 8-core MacPro at home with an ATI Radeon HD 5870 which works flawlessly with After Effects and Cinema 4D.

    38 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Card seemingly not actually compatible with the MacPro

    • Written by from santa barbara

    For one thing, there's only one Display Port output, not a mini-display port like you would use with your Apple monitor (notice there's no photos of the back of the card on this site?) not to mention that the card doesn't seem to actually even work with the computer in the first place.
    Constant crashing from sleep when by itself, fights with the ATI card if you leave it in, and driver mismatches abound.
    In theory, this thing would be awesome as a GPU accelerator, I have a Nvidia 5000 in a PC workstation and it's amazing for 3d hardware acceleration once you get the correct driver update, but this 4000 card just simply doesn't work with the Mac Pro.
    Nvidia, please give us the usability and dual mini-display ports like the ATI 5770, and couple that with the CUDA core acceleration and you'll have an instant cult-following... But right now Nvidia, you're totally dropping the ball. When opportunity knocks, open the door!

    37 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not yet, It seems to be stabilized.

    • Written by from Yong-in

    In my Macpro2009 (2X2.26 quad, 6X4G ram, snow leopard 10.6.5), quadro 4000 is not good working.
    Firstly, re-installing osx is impossible. At installing osx, install regular VGA card(GT120, 5870, etc) and then change VGA to quadro 4000.
    Secondly, in final cut pro, can't playback sequence with prores422 and 422HQ. But 4444,LT,Proxy are working. ( guess driver is not optimized or prores 422 codec is incomplete)
    Thirdly, mini DP converter(line and port HDMI) is not good. Duel display is not work yet.
    And I wonder about PCI cards-Hardware tab in system profiler. There are two quadro4000 (one is type display, the other is 'NVDA,Parent'), but type 'NVDA,parent' is not installed driver.

    43 of 75 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I thought I had a partner in 3D

    • Written by from Leidschendam

    Nothing of that for my Mac Pro and 3D programs.
    The performance of this card is disappointing and this card
    made by PNY left me behind after two and a half year,
    it was completely broken.