Do PC Video cards in Apple computers?

in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
If no, Why not?


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    dobbydobby Posts: 797member

    Originally posted by mynameis

    If no, Why not?

    Apple uses the same bus types as a PC (AGP/PCI etc) so Apples complying with a standard. You need to speak to the GPU vendors why they don't provide an update for the cards on Mac (or linux I suppose).

    Some cards can and do work if you flash the rom with a mac compatible bios.

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    Mac cards have different output connectors because Apple has a proprietary connection.

    Also, because of the motherboard differences, the cards need to have special firmware. Like dobby said, you can flash a PC GPU to work with a Mac, but only if the same GPU (or one really similar) is already released for Macs (so there's often no point unless you're getting a used card cheap).
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