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Despite the Mac Pro 1,1 and 2,1 (2006/7) models hitting past the 10-year mark, there is, surprisingly, a great amount of hardware that is still available for use. In contrast to the age of the older (first) Mac Pros, there is still some new hardware that is being released, which can be used on these Mac Pros, primarily due to the software support available.

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Granted, Apple stopped supporting these Mac Pros at Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, we can still squeeze a bit more life out of them using Piker Alpha’s boot.efi mod, which allows these older Mac Pros to boot Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan. This, my friends, is where the GTX 980 TI graphics card comes in.

Why Such a Modern GPU in Such an Old Machine?

In much the same way that others have squeezed life out of their older computers, I too, enjoy doing the same, but (perhaps) take a more “enthusiast” approach. There are very few, if any, generations of technology/computers, let alone an Apple computer, that have been afforded the degree of versatility and third-party hardware/software support/functionality that the current era of tech has extended over to the first gen Mac Pros.


The idea behind this was being able to create a very powerful, no-questions-asked workhorse – and it worked out just fine.

To install or even use a GTX 980 TI inside a Mac Pro 2,1, one must have the following already done to their Mac Pro:

  • Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or later installed (GTX 9xx Maxwell cards will not work in an OS prior to 10.10)
  • Be aware of and accept that there’s no boot screen
  • Be aware that OS X system updates can and will break compatibility

This is not a perfect solution, but it can work perfectly when setup and generally not messed around with.

The particular card I’ve been using is a lovely Asus Strix Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 TI 6 GB model. I picked it up off eBay for $260 back in May of 2017. I picked up 2x 6-to-8 pin PCIe adapters for the card. The card uses 225W under full load, which shouldn’t be a problem for the Mac Pro’s 980W power supply. 75W is being drawn from each PCIe connector, as well as 75W from the PCIe slot. Even under full load, this is still within the designed power capacity of the power rails.

Having operated this GPU inside this Mac Pro for over a year, I can safely say I’ve had no issues.

How about VR on this machine?

It works, but there’s a catch. SteamVR doesn’t pick up on the Oculus rift yet, though I’m certain that if I had the HTC Vive, it’d work just fine. For now, I dual boot Windows 10 off an SSD, play around on the Mac Pro 2,1 via the Oculus app. It took a bit of messing around with the Oculus app to get it working on my Mac Pro as it “needed” SSE 4.2. It was easy to trick the installer/find an old version, and simply update it, and it works.

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I mostly play the game Arizona Sunshine on the full resolution, with medium textures and shadows, and always hit the 90fps mark. Realistically, we’re playing a VR game on a mirrored 1200 x 1080 display. It’s really not difficult for this Mac Pro to crunch out such a resolution, on medium settings. The “wow” factor of it being in VR, however, surprised me, that it even worked.

How about Video Editing?

Final Cut Pro X does not take advantage of this card whatsoever, as it’s CPU rendering being done. It’s so useful, but during heavier scenes, it can drop in performance. Adobe Premiere Pro CC does take advantage of this card, but I haven’t really done much in Adobe’s suite, aside form Photoshop.

How about Basic Uses?

Well, let’s put it this way: It’s buttery smooth, no questions asked. 4K video? No problem. Smooth UI scaling and animations? Oh yeah. Mac OS X games? On 1080p, maxed out settings – go for it. It’s all playable. The dual x5365 CPUs don’t hold the card back as much as you’d think, even as it sits on a PCIe v1.1 bus. It benches out at 93-95% of it’s full capable speed.

Would I Recommend It?

If your idea of a fast machine is to just jam a brand new GPU into a Mac Pro of this age, the answer is no. There are a few other factors in this machine’s speed, such as having completely matched RAM, a 960 GB SSD RAID array comprised of four 240 GB SSD’, and simply keeping the insides clean. While the market value of 1,1 and 2,1 Mac Pros are plummeting (and quite frankly, nonexistent, if at all), the components that are available to this thing are quite generous.

If your idea of a fast machine is understanding the limitations/benefits of a machine of this age, and you are willing to invest in this thing, the answer is yes. As old as the Mac Pro 1,1 and /2,1 towers are, they’re very much worth investing in. As of the time of this article, cryptocurrency mining has sharply driven up the prices of the GPU, so chances are, for the price point, I’d suggest a 970/980.

How to Accomplish This?

  • Acquire GTX 980 TI (I advise people do their own research on this, I am not responsible for any bad purchases or bad recommendations! As long as it’s a proper GTX 980 TI, this guide works.)
  • Install Build-Correct Nvidia Web drivers
  • Restart, and set your Nvidia GPU as the primary GPU!

Installing the Asus Strix GTX 980 TI

  • The card fits in about the same as the stock ATI Radeon X1900XT 512 MB card that came with this computer. It needs to be installed at an angle, but it fits.
  • Needs 2x 6-to-8-pin PCIe adapters to work. The Asus Strix 980 TI uses 2x 8-pin Power connectors.

Asus Strix GTX 980 TI 6 GB in Mac Pro

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How to Install the Nvidia Web Driver Software?

  • Make sure the driver software you install is correct to your build model. Linked here, for example, is for El Capitan build 15G1108.
  • MacVidCards has a good list of the different Nvidia web drivers that were released in the past. If this link goes down or if links are broken, I might have to host my own files, to make this article more accessible.
  • Be careful: Do not update Mac OS X immediately after updates come out, as this can and usually will break compatibility with your GPU drivers and cause your card to be unusable until you revert the Mac OS build (Time Machine or Carbon Copy cloner can fix this), or Nvidia happens to push out an update to the newer OS X build from Apple.
  • There will be no boot screen; you will be greeted by your login screen.
  • Resetting SMC or PRAM will reset the GPU driver from being selected upon startup. The only way to fix this is by switching it back on in System Preferences. This can either be done via VNC if you have another Mac, or if you have the original GPU, can be plugged in, booted up with the original GPU, the driver being selected, then the machine being shut down, and the new GPU being plugged in.

If all is well, this is how the card should register in the system, via the various apps which display the card.

The End Result

  • Very stable GPU to use once configured
  • No graphical glitches or artifacts
  • Performs well enough in VR to use on a daily basis
  • Drives games in OS X very well, on high settings
  • Hardware accelerated animations/scaling are buttery smooth
  • Sleek, good-looking GPU inside Mac Pro
  • Extend the life of your Mac Pro 1,1/2,1 by another few years
  • Instead of spending an absurd amount of money on a gaming/VR gaming machine, do this instead!

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Update from 2017: This post is five years old now, but lots of people still find it through Google. So I thought I’d update it just to say that I sold the Mac Pro with an Nvidia card to my dad, and it has been working fine through the various OS upgrades. Googling around suggests that the 10×0 cards work fine in Mac Pros too. I replaced my Pro with a MacBook Air and a custom gaming PC, but I think the 4,1/5,1 Pro remains a really good computer.


I thought I’d try dropping a GeForce GTX 670 into my Mac Pro, since apparently 10.8 can drive it (you just won’t get the EFI boot screens). I bought the 2GB EVGA 670 FTW, mostly since that has two six-pin power plugs. The top OEM card for the Mac Pro is the Radeon 5870, which is a good card but also pretty old, so — on paper — the 670 is a nice upgrade. The 670 is actually a little cheaper, too. The drivers in Mac OS are still pretty immature, so my goal was to get equal-or-slightly-better performance for now, and way better performance in Windows.

Installing it is pretty straight-forward, if you’ve ever done computer stuff at all. Here’s my Mac Pro as it sat, with the 5870.

The 670 is a little smaller.

The 670 dropped right into the 5870’s spot, and hooked up to its power plugs. These are standard parts, of course, so if it didn’t that would mean I’m really dumb. You can see that I also put in a little PCI fan (powered from the spare optical drive SATA port, and a SATA-to-Molex adapter). This pushed a lot of air, but it was really noisy, and it didn’t seem to make much difference; the only thing making much heat in the PCI bay is the GPU (the rear hard drives being idle most of the time), and both the 5870 and 670 keep their heat fairly contained in those plastic shrouds, and push it out the back. Maybe the fan did a little something, but it wasn’t worth the noise. So, the little PCI fan is gone now.

So I did that, and it booted. That was nice. You don’t get the grey boot screen (the video drivers loads when the OS does, so it appears to boot straight to the desktop). With the fast SSD booting, it was just, like, “push button, wait 20 seconds, be at desktop”. The obvious problem is that if you find yourself looking at the startup manager a lot, this is a bad solution — you no longer get that. In that case, it’s worth keeping things OEM or finding a flashed Nvidia card that gives you the boot screen.

Anyhow, it worked just fine. I went to run benchmarks, and LuxMark couldn’t load. No OpenCL. So I found a fix from Netkas, installed it, and hey, liftoff. So, here are benchmarks and observations.

Here’s LuxMark doing Sala. That’s a pretty solid improvement. I would have hoped for a bit more, but I’m not complaining. Of course, the real strength of an Nvidia card over ATI is CUDA; the 670 is probably about six million times faster in After Effects.

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Wait, crap. Check the GFX details; the 5870 is the first result, and the 670 is the second result. That’s annoying. Cinebench is pretty dated these days, but the numbers went down! My precious numbers! Well, Kepler drivers are immature. Hopefully this changes over time.

Now, games. Everything was tested at 2560×1440 at the highest detail settings.


Starcraft 2 gained about 10 FPS (61 vs 50, average) on the 670, tested playing a Bly v. Tarson replay. So that was cool; you can see that Barefeats got the biggest improvement on a 570/580 from SC2 at those settings. Then I tried Civ 5; not only was it slower on the 670, it was kind of glitchy. Source games don’t really tax the 5870, so it’s hard to see much improvement in practical play, but the 670 was about 15% faster across Portal 2 and L4D2. L4D2 did have a weird bit of stutter when levels started. Dirt 2 ran great on both cards, although it remains a super-annoying game. Cities in Motion was, I think, slightly slower on the 670, but played fine. It gets jumpy with a huge map and the fastest game speed. The Sims 3 was just about as fast, too. Weirdly, Diablo 3 didn’t improve at all — you’d think whatever worked for SC2 would work for D3, but no.

My wrapped version of Skyrim was the only game here that wasn’t really playable on the 5870 at 2560/Ultra, so I was excited to see what the 670 did. It did nothing, actually; the game was still jumpy. If I had to cork sniff, I’d say the 5870 was more consistent — the 670 seemed to do a little better as long as you were standing still, and a little worse when you turned. This isn’t really a reflection on either card.

Everything else worked fine. I’d heard people saying that Steam didn’t work with PC GPUs — it did. All my non-game programs worked as well as before. Temperatures were about the same as before, and the 670 managed its fan just fine (it’s quieter than the 5870, which made me nervous). Restarting in Windows showed off what the 670 could actually do, of course, although I found the difference marginally underwhelming in stuff like New Vegas and World of Tanks. But then, they’re not taxing anyway, and the only tricky stuff for the 670 to add is anti-aliasing. Anyhow, the 670 in Mac OS is pretty much as fast as the 5870 except if you like Civ 5.

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I ended up a little conflicted. The 670 is better than the 5870, depending on what you’re doing, but not by that much in most cases except for CUDA. It’s unsupported, and there were a couple glitches. The 5870, in comparison, is an OEM card that developers (presumably) test against, so you won’t see much in the way of issues, and it’s still the fastest OEM Mac GPU by a comfortable margin (over the iMac’s 6970M). However, the 670 is definitely faster in Windows, and there’s a lot of potential for the Mac drivers to improve and let the 670 really go nuts.

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