Video Cards For Mac

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This article applies only to video cards that originally shipped with a specified Mac Pro or were offered as an upgrade kit by Apple. Similar cards that were not provided by Apple may have compatibility issues and you should work with the vendor of that card to confirm compatibility.

All Mac video cards carry a 90-Day warranty. Please browse around and let us know if you need assistance in picking the right display video card for your Apple desktop or laptop system. We have Mac technicians and Apple parts specialist on call to help answer any questions about your Apple computer system. For assistance, and for placing orders. 661-5314 IMac 27 Late 2009 A1312 Card Video 4670 256MB, ATI Radeon HD Core2Duo, Intel i5 - i7 graphic card NB-2835W $204.00. Low End Mac's Guide to NuBus Video Cards. Guide to NuBus Video Cards. This is a not-quite-comprehensive (but growing) guide to NuBus video cards for the Mac. Also see our Guide to LC PDS Video Cards, Guide to 030 PDS Video Cards, and Guide to Video Cards for 68000 Macs.

Mac Pro (2019)

Learn more about cards you can install in Mac Pro (2019) and how to install PCIe cards in your Mac Pro (2019).

Mac Pro (Late 2013)

  • Dual AMD FirePro D300
  • Dual AMD FirePro D500
  • Dual AMD FirePro D700

Mac Pro (Mid 2010) and Mac Pro (Mid 2012)

  • ATI Radeon HD 5770
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870
    Learn about graphics cards supported in macOS 10.14 Mojave on Mac Pro (2010) and Mac Pro (Mid 2012).

Mac Pro (Early 2009)

  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 120
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870, offered as an upgrade kit
    The Radeon HD 5870 card requires Mac OS X 10.6.4 or later and the use of both auxiliary power connections.

Mac Pro (Early 2008)

  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (part number 630-9191 or 630-9897)*
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870, offered as an upgrade kit
    The Radeon HD 4870 card requires Mac OS X 10.5.7 or later.

Mac Pro (Original)

  • NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT
  • ATI Radeon X1900 XT
  • NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 (part number 630-7532 or 630-7895)*
  • NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT (part number 630-9492), offered as an upgrade kit.*
    The NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT card requires Mac OS X 10.5.2 or later with the Leopard Graphics Update 1.0 or the computer may not start up properly.

* To identify a graphics card part number, check the label on the back of the card.

Many 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks have two graphics processors (GPU)—a discrete GPU and an integrated GPU. The discrete GPU provides substantial graphics performance but uses more energy. The integrated GPU optimizes battery life by using less energy.

Video Cards For Mac Pro

Check if the discrete or integrated GPU is in use

To see which graphics cards are in use, choose Apple () menu > About this Mac. The graphics cards currently in use appear next to Graphics. Learn which integrated GPUs your Mac might have.

Check if an app is using the dedicated GPU

To see if an app is using the higher-performance discrete GPU, open Activity Monitor and click the Energy tab. If you don't see the Requires High Perf GPU column, your computer only has one graphics processor.

In this example, iMovie and Final Cut Pro are using the higher-performance discrete GPU:

Learn more

Here are a few examples of apps and accessories that use the higher-performance discrete GPU:

  • iMovie
  • Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign
  • An external display

Learn how to use an external graphics processor (eGPU) with your Mac.

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Learn how to set the graphics performance on your MacBook Pro or MacBook Pro with Retina display computer.