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Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009)

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Product Highlights
  • Mini DisplayPort + Mini DisplayPort + Dual-Link DVI
  • 1GB GDDR5 RAM
  • PCI Express 2.0 x16
  • Requires Mac OS X 10.6.4 or Later

The ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009) from Apple is a graphics card for use in the Mid 2010 or Early 2009 version of Apple's Mac Pro desktop workstation. The card requires an available PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot for installation.

The ATI Radeon HD 5870 GPU features 1GB of GDDR5 memory for superlative performance, making it a great choice for creative, scientific, and technical applications where 3D performance is critical. The card can drive up to three displays simultaneously. It features two Mini DisplayPort outputs and one Dual-Link DVI output. Apple offers optional adapters to drive legacy VGA displays.

Note! Due to the power requirements of this card, it cannot be used in a dual graphics card configuration. It must be the only GPU installed in your Mac Pro.

Upgrade your Mac Pro's graphics card for better performance
Compatible the Mid 2010 and Early 2009 Mac Pro from Apple
Features two Mini DisplayPort outputs and one Dual-Link DVI output
You can connect legacy VGA displays using an optional adapter cable
Interface PCI Express 2.0 x16
Ports 2x Mini DisplayPort
1x Dual-Link DVI
System Requirements Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009) with available PCI Express slot
Mac OS X 10.6.4 or later

Note: If you are using more than one Mini DisplayPort to Single-Link DVI adapter, only two displays are supported across the three ports. To connect up to two Mini DisplayPort displays and up to a 30-inch DVI display simultaneously, use the ports without any adapters. To connect two DVI displays, use the dual-link DVI port and the Apple Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter or the Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (sold separately). To connect three DVI displays at once, you must use two Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapters (sold separately). To connect up to three VGA displays simultaneously, use the Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter and DVI to VGA adapters (sold separately).
Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009)
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    AppleATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009)
     
    4.7

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to install (23)
    • Good graphics quality (22)
    • Easy to use (19)
    • Reliable (17)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Graphic design (14)
      • Movies (14)
      • Multimedia (14)
      • Gaming (12)
      • Everyday (11)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional (12), Power user (11), Graphic designer (10)

      Reviewed by 25 customers

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      4.0

      Simple to install works well

      By Imovie user

      from Danville, ky

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Install
      • Easy To Use
      • Good Graphics Quality
      • Reliable Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Movies
        • Multimedia

        Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

        I have only had it a week but it seems to work well

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        5.0

        Solid Upgrade!

        By Black Magic

        from Santa Monica

        About Me Graphic designer, Power user, Professional

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Graphics Quality
        • Reliable Performance

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Graphic Design
          • Multimedia

          Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

          I have a Mac Pro early 2009 model that is still a fantastic machine after all these years of use. My setup for this video card is dual monitors with a 27inch and 24inch. I decided to upgrade the video card because I want to keep this machine for a few more years before I upgrade to the new mac pro stations. Not sure what some people are saying about how hard the installation is and about how loud the fan is. I felt that it was SUPER EASY. Took about 10 to 20 minutes to pull out my old ATI Radeon 4870 card and install this new one. Apple has made it dummy proof to take out and install memory, hard drives, video cards etc. So don't bother reading from others saying how hard it is to install. After I installed the new video card and messing around with my computer for a few hours, I noticed how quiet the fan is compared to my old video card and noticed a speed boost while working in photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 5. It's not earth shattering fast by all means, but moving multiple windows between two screens feels faster and more smooth than before. Video playback is smoother too with no hiccups. So far, I love this card and I recommend stepping up if you're in the market. You won't be disappointed with this ATI Radeon HD 8570.

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          4.0

          Speeds up Photoshop CC

          By Kirk

          from Christiansburg, VA

          About Me Graphic designer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Easy To Use
          • Good Graphics Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

              I bought this to run Photoshop CC on my MacPro. It installed very simply and works great. Many of the processes Photoshop does take less time, but not by a huge amount.

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              5.0

              Actually works in early 2008 models too

              By verbal polygon

              from brooklyn, NY

              About Me Graphic designer, Power user, Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Install
              • Easy To Use
              • Good Graphics Quality
              • Reliable Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Gaming
                • Graphic Design
                • Movies
                • Multimedia

                Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

                I have an aging 3,1 mac pro that really needed bringing up to scratch in terms of VRAM - I knew she'd never zip along that fast but after upgrading to a few SSDs, boosting the RAM the main task left was to upgrade the 2x512MB cheesy cards she came with.Installation was ridiculously simple. Slide in, presto - not so much as a tricky moment and the actual card itself is a rugged wee box with a big handle so it's all good.Once I had it installed, there was a quick bit of hacking required to get after affects and premiere CC to use the card - some CUDA stuff works a little, some just isn't supported cos of the low speed RAM in the machine but I do appear to be getting strange improvements in Render time etc. - it's all a bit hit and miss due to the old machine, but that was to be expected.Photoshop picks it up and uses it, no problem - and games look great. All in all, for a 3,1 this is a real good move, I'd recommend.

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                4.0

                Nice upgrade

                By Remy

                from Brooklyn NY

                About Me Graphic designer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Easy To Use
                • Good Graphics Quality
                • Reliable Performance

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Graphic Design

                  Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

                  I upgraded from a ATI 4870 in a 2009 Mac Pro. I use it for Adobe CC apps. Images open a lot faster. Its not earth shattering fast but it will give me a few more years with the same computer.

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                  4.0

                  LOUD

                  By Lawrence

                  from Bosotn, mA

                  About Me Professional

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Install

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

                      Installing the card was not as easy as some suggest. For one, you cannot see the gold connection strip to be sure it's properly inserted since the only side of the card visable is the side that does not connect to the logic board.

                      I purchased this because my Apple Cinema display was not working and I thought the graphic card needed to be replaced. So far, this did not work so I can't comment on performance.

                      Also, the HUGE fan is very LOUD. Sounds louder than 3 of my external harddrives put together. No one mentoned that.

                      As far as performance, I have to write back later as I am in the process of touble shooting my Cinema Display.

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                      4.0

                      safe upgrade, good results

                      By Just me

                      from MidWest, USA

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Affordable By Comparison
                      • Easy To Install
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Graphics Quality
                      • Reliable Performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Gaming
                        • Graphic Design
                        • Movies
                        • Multimedia

                        Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

                        The ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for MacPro tower is a good solution for those looking to upgrade their Macs to play better with new power hungry software.

                        I was in the market for a pro workstation grade Graphics card. But after reading of all the issues, like running or not running windows in bootcamp, I decided to take a small power loss and go with the 5870.

                        I have to say that I am quite pleased with the results. Programs like Autodesk Mudbox now runs very smoothly, not just in comparison to how it ran on the card my 2009 mac came with, but in comparison to how it runs on new pro workstations. No its not as good, but it is very good indeed. 20,000,000 faces shape like clay in my hand!

                        Other 3D creation and video apps are doing just fine on this card.

                        Adobe cs6 (all soft) is working like it should.

                        I am not a gamer, at least not a desktop gamer. But I do know that there is a difference between "workstations" and game station quality graphics cards. This one works for me in both cases.

                        The 5870 is right for the money, and piece of mind in compatibility.

                        The price I found here on B&H was the lowest I came across.

                        I use a 2009 mac, currently on OSX 10.8.2 on my home desk. And have not run into any issues with the card.

                        If you have never changed out a card before, dont worry, its nice and easy. Just make sure to watch video instructions on the net *before* you unplug your system or have a smart phone near by. Take it slow and easy, and it will fit just fine.

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                        4.0

                        Nice Graphics upgrade

                        By MCLLC

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Post Production Editor

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Install
                        • Good Graphics Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Gaming
                          • Graphic Design
                          • Movies
                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

                          I bought this card as a replacement for an HD5770 that started acting weird. I use this in a Mac Pro with 2 6-core CPUs and 24GB of RAM for Final Cut Editing. System is outputting to 2 27" monitors via display port connectors and 1 1080p HDTV via DVI to HDMI. Response is quite nice

                          Have noticed there is some jitter in Final cut Canvas during playback. But I don't think I can fault the display adapter for that.

                          Because of the power requirements of this video card (it requires both pci-e power ports), it limits the number of displays to 3, but that is all i really need.

                          Haven't noticed an extreme improvement in quality, but it does look nice.

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                          5.0

                          Great Upgrade

                          By Lex

                          from Ogden, Utah

                          About Me Power user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Install
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Graphics Quality
                          • Reliable Performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Movies
                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

                            Like a new Mac! This is a must for anyone looking to add speed to video or photo processing on your MacPro

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                            5.0

                            Great

                            By La Canada Mac

                            from Los Angeles

                            About Me Graphic designer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Install
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Graphics Quality
                            • Reliable Performance

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Gaming
                              • Graphic Design
                              • Movies
                              • Multimedia

                              Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

                              Great graphic card it works on 2008 mac pro models and runs 3 screens together.

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                              5.0

                              Huge upgrade

                              By FarwellRob

                              from Farwell, TX

                              About Me Graphic designer, Power user, Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Install
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Good Graphics Quality
                              • Reliable Performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Gaming
                                • Graphic Design
                                • Movies

                                Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

                                I have a 2009 Mac Pro and this has worked perfectly.

                                And it's such an upgrade it's not even funny.

                                I've been waiting for years for the price to fall, but went ahead and grabbed one and I've been extremely happy.

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                                4.0

                                Great Card

                                By Javier Beltran

                                from Celebration, FL

                                About Me Graphic designer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Install
                                • Good Graphics Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

                                    Great Product and A GREAT SERVICES FROM B&H as well

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                                    5.0

                                    MUST BUY!

                                    By kfrager42

                                    from Yorba Linda, CA

                                    Verified Reviewer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Install
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Good Graphics Quality
                                    • Reliable Performance

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

                                        Very easy to swap out with the old video card(s). I had two of the standard Nvidia cards that came with the Mac installed. This card is an incredible and much needed upgrade. No lag when editing in Final Cut Pro X and gaming experience is significantly improved. Don't even hesitate, buy it!

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                                        5.0

                                        Awesome!!!

                                        By tstc

                                        from Richmond, Va

                                        About Me Power user

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Install
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Good Graphics Quality
                                        • Reliable Performance

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

                                            Very "snappy" web pages, Sharp graphics, and improvements in various games. This replaced a "stock" 5770. Very Impressed. Install was a piece of cake.

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                                            5.0

                                            Huge Difference

                                            By NewSong on Old Perkins Road

                                            from Prairieville, LA

                                            About Me Power user

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy To Install
                                            • Easy To Use
                                            • Good Graphics Quality

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

                                                A true PnP GPU. Plugged it in, started the box and we were up in running with no issues and no manual configuration. We are running two monitors on the mini-ports and split 14 others through HDMI with great clarity on all

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                                                5.0

                                                GFX card delivered early

                                                By Tango master

                                                from Plano, TX

                                                About Me Professional

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easy To Install
                                                • Good Graphics Quality
                                                • Reliable Performance

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

                                                    Product extremely well packaged. Well protected.

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                                                    4.0

                                                    Solid

                                                    By jtofnyc

                                                    from New York, NY

                                                    About Me Graphic designer, Power user, Professional

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Install
                                                    • Easy To Use
                                                    • Good Graphics Quality
                                                    • Reliable Performance

                                                    Cons

                                                    • Slightly pricey

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Everyday use
                                                    • Gaming
                                                    • Graphic Design
                                                    • Movies
                                                    • Multimedia

                                                    Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

                                                    Definitely an upgrade from the standard card offered for the Early-2009 Mac Pro. Very smooth installation and substantial speed increase. I bought it to use Final Cut Pro X more effectively, and it succeeds. Prices for this model are a bit higher (everywhere) than they should be given that the card is older. But they're not so high as to be prohibitive. After all, there aren't a lot of choices beyond this one, unless you open the door to faster cards and start zapping the PRAM or ROM or whatever it is on PC-marketed cards. You won't waste your money if you buy this one.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Big improvement

                                                    By John

                                                    from Saginaw, Texas

                                                    About Me Graphic designer, Power user

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

                                                    • Easy To Install
                                                    • Easy To Use
                                                    • Good Graphics Quality
                                                    • Reliable Performance

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Gaming
                                                      • Graphic Design
                                                      • Movies
                                                      • Multimedia

                                                      Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

                                                      The ATI Radeon HD 5870 really speeds up the graphics redraws on the monitor substantially, over the High end Nvidia Card that came with my "3.1" Mac Pro. Installation was easy and the results better than expected. Well worth the money.

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                                                      5.0

                                                      An Amazing upgrade!

                                                      By Mike the Mac man!

                                                      from Pittsburgh, PA

                                                      About Me Casual User, Cinephile, Power user

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Amazing in every way
                                                      • Easy To Install
                                                      • Easy To Use
                                                      • Good Graphics Quality

                                                      Cons

                                                      • NONE

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Editing HD footage
                                                      • Movies

                                                      Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

                                                      I have a 2008 Mac Pro Workstation with 16 gigs of dual channel RAM and three hard drives.

                                                      Although I had a pretty high end main graphics card before this one, it was not an Open CL card. I am running Final Cut Pro X for video editing and had to upgrade my card as it was not open CL and would not work right with Final Cut.

                                                      This HD 5870 card is beyond amazing!! Definitely speeded up the full HD 1080P videos that I am shooting.

                                                      I am loving the card!!

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                                                      5.0

                                                      Exceptional!

                                                      By gixxerthou04

                                                      from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

                                                      About Me Graphic designer, Power user, Professional

                                                      Verified Buyer

                                                      Pros

                                                      • Easy To Install
                                                      • Easy To Use
                                                      • Good Graphics Quality
                                                      • Reliable Performance

                                                      Cons

                                                        Best Uses

                                                        • Everyday use
                                                        • Gaming
                                                        • Graphic Design
                                                        • Movies
                                                        • Multimedia

                                                        Comments about Apple ATI Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Upgrade Kit for Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or Early 2009):

                                                        I needed to upgrade my video card after I began using Final Cut Pro X. The stock Nvida video card that came with my Mac Pro simply could not do the job. Every frame would stutter or stop and start erratically while editing in Final Cut Pro. With the combination of the ATI Radeon HD 5870 and 16GB or RAM, all of my troubles went away and I'm now comfortably editing video with ease. Thank you.

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