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Need video card to run two 4k monitors on my Pro 5,1
Posted by: rz
Date: January 12, 2018 08:46PM
Machine is a Mac Pro 5,1. Currently has 1GB ATI HD 5770 card in it, running two 30" Apple Cinema Displays.

I got a great deal on some 4K monitors today, and would like to see if I can run two of them at 4K 60Hz, if that's possible. I am NOT an expert on video cards. I've seen several cards that will supposedly drive a 4K monitor, but there seems to be umpteen variations of each card, each with slightly different model numbers, different amounts of VRAM, etc.

I'm not looking to do any gaming or anything really taxing... probably viewing and maybe editing some 4K video shot on my phone and GoPro. Models that I've seen that supposedly support 4K are:
AMD R9 280x
ATI HD 7950
NVIDIA GTX 960/970/1060/1070

On the NVIDIA, it appears the 10 series has drivers for Sierra and HS. I'm running El Cap right now.

Part of the problems is that I'll see something like AMD R9 280 instead of 280x. Listings will say they only support 2560x1600. I've also looked on barefeats, but I just get confused. Most of the articles are reviewing stuff trying to squeeze the most performance out of a video card. I'm just trying to find a relatively inexpensive card that will run two 4k's at 60Hz. Or at the very least, one 4k at 60Hz, and one at 2550x1600. What should I be looking at? Looks like 3GB VRAM is a minimum. I'd like to stay under $200, so that means buying used, which I'm ok with. Any help is appreciated.
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Re: Need video card to run two 4k monitors on my Pro 5,1
Posted by: jdc
Date: January 12, 2018 09:10PM
You could try here: [www.macvidcards.com]

From everything I have read, the most stable seems to be the 1060s, but you have to update to HS. HS video drivers open up your macpro to the world of PC cards.

My iMac has a 5K display + 2560 + 1920 -- all with 2 GB VRAM.



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Re: Need video card to run two 4k monitors on my Pro 5,1
Posted by: testcase
Date: January 12, 2018 09:56PM
Of course, you don't want super wide-screen pRon......... eye rolling smiley
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Re: Need video card to run two 4k monitors on my Pro 5,1
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: January 13, 2018 02:42AM
The GTX 960 should do it easily, but the GTX 1050 would give you 10% better performance with lower power use (and you need newer OS).

The RX 560 with 4 GB would be a good option for a more recent OS. If you can find 4 GB RX-470 series with two display ports and a HDMI 2.0 port, it should drive two 4K monitors.



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