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Early 2009 MacPro graphics card

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I have an end-user who has an early 2009 Mac Pro. He would like to get the new Thunderbolt display but he needs a new graphics card to run it. Can I throw any Thunderbolt enabled graphics card in the machine?

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Impossible. You can't do it.

Originally Posted by Slurpy

There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already fucked.

 

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Originally Posted by Slurpy

There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already fucked.

 

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Ok. Why is that?
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Ok. Why is that?

Thunderbolt devices do not work with Mini DisplayPort ports. Mini DisplayPort is not forward compatible. It physically will not work.

Originally Posted by Slurpy

There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already fucked.

 

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Originally Posted by Slurpy

There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already fucked.

 

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I have an end-user who has an early 2009 Mac Pro. He would like to get the new Thunderbolt display but he needs a new graphics card to run it. Can I throw any Thunderbolt enabled graphics card in the machine?

Thanks

Currently there is no Graphics cards that will power a ThunderBolt display as ThunderBolt is built into the chipset of the motherboard. At this time you need a computer with Thunderbolt built into the chipset inorder to run a ThunderBolt display. Right now the MacPro, even the current generation, doesn't have the option to run a ThunderBolt display.

Your end-user can use a Apple Cinema Display which display wise is the same as the ThunderBolt Display, both are 27inch with 2560x1440 which can be found Here.

Hopefully that is helpful.

~IceBergs
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2011 15" MacBook Pro
2011 Mac Mini Server
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2011 15" MacBook Pro
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Originally Posted by IceBergs View Post

Currently there is no Graphics cards that will power a ThunderBolt display as ThunderBolt is built into the chipset of the motherboard. At this time you need a computer with Thunderbolt built into the chipset inorder to run a ThunderBolt display. Right now the MacPro, even the current generation, doesn't have the option to run a ThunderBolt display.

Your end-user can use a Apple Cinema Display which display wise is the same as the ThunderBolt Display, both are 27inch with 2560x1440 which can be found Here.

Hopefully that is helpful.

~IceBergs

Thanks for explaining that IceBergs
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