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Print or write down these instructions before you begin the update. To update the firmware on your Intel-based Mac Pro: Quit all other open applications. Press and hold the power button on your Mac Pro until the power indicator light flashes repeatedly, then release the power button to begin the update. A status bar indicates the progress of the update. Do not interrupt the update. Click OK, if the firmware is now up-to-date.

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Post Date: When I originally wrote the above passage, Since then, NVidia and Apple appear to be in a statemate about drivers. NVidia blames Apple for blocking signing drivers. If you want an off-the-shelf card, it's AMD or bust leaving users like myself waiting for what may never happen: Several MacRumros forum members have found that Mac Pro 3. Many modern graphics cards have HDMI and thus capable of outputting audio. There's a very long thread of intrepid hackers at Mac Rumors.

The Mac Pros can support many more cards than listed here, but these are all common cards, NewerTech and Sonnet are reliable. Not all cards are equal, some are more performant, in the case of USB 3. Also, some non-listed cards have issues. The only way to turn off my Mac Pro was to hold down the power key forcibly.

I've elected not to include USB 2.

The Definitive Classic Mac Pro (2006-2012) Upgrade Guide

This is not to be taken as a complete list, but rather a list of known working cards. Currently, the list is expanding, non-bootable cards will be listed as such. Known bootable cards will be listed as such. If no notes appear, it's because I haven't researched this yet. In the unlikeliest turn of events, Thunderbolt has landed on the cMac Pro PCIe Thunderbolt cards were exclusively for PCs that have compatible motherboards with specialized chipsets, generally requiring a pass-through jumper connection. The original speculation started at eGPU.

Right now, it isn't very viable for all but tinkerers to purchase a Thunderbolt card, but this may change. As notable progress unfolds, this section will be updated to reflect it. SATA2 still won't be fully saturated even by performant 3.

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For those looking to sacrifice ports, OWC made a series of multi-mounts to go inside the dual 5. These are essentially a SATA 3 card with two mounting ports for 2. The 1. However, due to the speed limitations, there aren't many models on the market ad the price per GB tends to be high. Credit goes to MisterAndrew for doing the original compiling of this list here. NVMe is currently the holy grail of storage due to its extreme performance. Then users found using firmware hacking, they could enable NVMe booting by using a firmware hack upgrade. See the entire thread here.

Notably, this firmware hack appears to work for 3. The latest Mac Pro 5. See below for more details. One 16x port becomes two 8x ports.

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A PCIe 3. Fusion Drives have become en vogue once again thanks to the partial support that macOS appears to have regarding NVMe. NVMe isn't natively bootable, but Fusion drives are. The hack goes as follows: Rather than re-outline them, the following links are useful. The Aura series is unlikely to be found in a cMac Pro setup as it'd require an external case.

The Mac Pro's display limitations are a factor of graphics cards and whatever monitor you can afford. There's a minor caveat that flashed s and s booting with 60 Hz 4k displays will hang, thus must run at 30 Hz at the boot screen. Also, 4k supported wasn't official until Forum members at MacRumors have confirmed that Hz 4k displays do work.

Most displays especially budget use Frame Rate Control FRC to achieve simulated bit instead of true bit panels, by parsing the bit color stream, and for colors that fall outside the 8-bit range, cycling between near shades of colors within the 8-bit spectrum.

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This visually creates a simulated bit experience. This is acceptable for many purposes, but film editors and graphic designers may require the accuracy of true bit color. Lastly, Mac OS currently does not support Freesync. I can attest that enabling Freesync on a freesync display cause the monitor to stop outputting video in Also, both tonymacx86 and macrumors have experienced the same sort of issues. The workaround is to disable the G-sync and freesync if the monitor does not produce any video output.

I've personally used a few 4k displays with my Mac Pro at 60 Hz. Some 4k displays will not report all scaled resolution. To display all the scaled resolution options:. The Mac Pros 1. The advantage is that you do not have to sacrifice a PCIe slot and upgrade Bluetooth and Any Mac Pro can be upgraded to I bought a card from osxwifi. Each can be bought separately or packaged together. Mac Pro 1. If for some reason you intend to run pre The 5. Any CPU config can use the slower clocked memory; there is some debate on performance effects Mac Performance Guide tests for information. A Mac Pro can 5. Also, see "Is Tri Channel functionality maintained when 4th memory stick used?

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Like the Mac Pro 5. RAM must be installed in pairs, and Apple recommends Apple approved heatsinks to keep fans at a minimum. Also, XLR8yourmac's mixed speed pairing tests. There's also plenty of software for ripping Blu-Rays for macOS. Macs Fan Control takes the champion of the best fan control software, allowing users to use different thermal sensors to control fan clusters or other values.

The best parts are the application is free, and there's both a Mac and Windows port. These do not come cheap as they're uncommon.

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The Pixlas mod is a power supply specific modification to draw taps directly from the PSU as opposed to using the standard PCIe power cables, which are only six pins instead of 8 pins thus unable to make the full power draw needed for the watts required for extreme-end GPUs. Over the years, batteries can go bad and cause errant behaviors generally resolved temporarily by zapping the PRAM, holding down command-shift-p-r.

Fortunately, users have tips for fixes. Shops like dvwarehoues, wellovemacs, and macpartsonline carry parts for classic Mac Pros. The link below is also listed in the GPU section. This may seem like an odd thing to do, but if you're buying a used Mac Pro 5. This can be done at sites like appleserialnumberinfo. Below are guides on running Linux on older Macs.

Officially Apple does not support Bootcamp with Window 10 , but that shouldn't stop anyone. I've personally used Windows 10 on both a 3. Of course, enterprising users have figured out how to enable it, but it requires disabling SIP and a few terminal commands. Notably, you'll need a Mojave compatible Airport card. All the support manuals can be found at Apple. Notably, the 4. Seeing as the Mac Pros are no longer made, used markets are the only places to find Mac Pros.

I bought my Mac Pro from Apple but bought my from eBay. If you're here, I assume you already are a capable user but it bears repeating the Mac Pro might not be the best buy for some users.

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The Mac Pro is a tinkering box and ideal a certain class of users. It's by far the best computer Apple, and possibly any computer maker has ever produced for its sheer longevity and insane upgradability. The single core score of an iMac 5k i5 is nearly double the best Mac Pro With the 5k monitor built in and support for years to come and the ability to drop in an ik for the adventurous which bests all but the Core Mac Pros in multi-core performance, I'd suggest considering an iMac as in many tasks it'd be noticeably faster.

You're not alone, there's more people out there than you'd think who still love the classic Mac Pro. Due to the ever-evolving list of possible upgrades and hacks, this guide is a living document, and thus information contained may change, I've included a robust log of recent changes to help repeat visitors discover new content. If you have new information not included here, suggestions, corrections or edits, please feel free to contact me at: I get a fair amount of questions and I try to answer them to best I can.

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