2009 Mac Pro running an AMD RX470 graphics card

I thought this was going to be a long post about upgrading the graphics card in my Mac Pro

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I still have one of the “cheese grater” Mac Pros around. It’s a 2009 that I upgraded somewhat with SSD, 6 core Xeon and a few other small goodies. As I split my time between Linux, Windows and OS X, I like having it around but can’t really justify getting a newer machine.

Anyway, I’m upgrading my monitor to wide screen monitor and the old graphics card (Apple branded AMD Radeon 7970) was unlikely to be too happy about it. Plus, I had a spare AMD RX470 lying around from upgrading the graphics card in my PC. The Hackintosh community seems to generally recommend AMD cards for newer versions of OS X, so I figured I’d give it a try. The RX470 is listed as a supported card in newer versions of OS X after all.

The whole amount of drama to get the card to work in the Mac went – open case, pull old card, fit new card, close case, ignore the lack of boot progress screen, job done. That was certainly a lot less fuss than I had expected.

2009 Mac Pro running an AMD RX470 graphics card
My Mac Pro showing off it’s shiny used RX470 graphics card

The card is an ASUS Strix RX470, but I don’t think the brands matter too much. Although the Hackintosh forums seem to have identified one or two brands that don’t work that well with OS X. And yes, I’m still running High Sierra. Works fine for what I need this box for.

Picture showing "About This Mac" after I upgraded the CPU

Bit the bullet and upgraded my Mac Pro’s CPU

I’ve been an unashamed fan of the old “cheese grater” Mac Pro due to its sturdiness and expandability. Yes, they’re not the most elegant bit of kit out there but they are well built. And most importantly for me, they are expandable by plugging things inside the case, not by creating a Gordian Knot of hubs, Thunderbolt cables, USB cables and stacks of external disks all evenly scattered around a trash can. Oh, and they’re designed to go under a desk. Where mine happens to live, right next to my dual boot Linux/Windows development box.

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