The Mac Pro First Generation is an Intel Xeon-based workstation computer manufactured by Apple Inc. The first generation model includes the machines from 2006 through 2008.

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Three monitor setup for Mac Pro 2008?

I'd like to connect three monitors (for example 3 x Asus VN247h + 1 x Ax Triple Monitor Stand AXM4200) to my aging but still perfectly serviceable Mac Pro 2008 (MacPro 3,1 - A1186), so I need to find out what model of graphics card I can use.

I currently have a Nvidia GeForce GTX 285, but it only has two DVI ports, so I'm missing a port for a three monitor configuration.

Is there any graphics card compatible with that ancient Mac Pro model that can drive three monitors?

Can I install two graphics cards (two ports each)? What model would be compatible (hopefully more powerful than the GTX 285)?

It's hard to find information about older Macs and compatible upgrades online, so I really hope that iFixit's great community will be able to help me out with some advice! Thanks!!

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You can add a second graphics card to it. I have the same unit, though I'll be upgrading it soon.

The second card I installed some time ago, is an ATI Radeon 5770 1GB. I checked, and it's available from Amazon through it's resellers. That card has a DVI port and two mini Display ports. It will drive two monitors simultaneously in addition to your original card driving a single monitor.

Shouldn't be a problem.

By the way, the card mentioned above is dual width. It'll fit in one slot, but it is huge - full length, full height, and it requires power from the motherboard. Read the docs that come with it.

Eric J.

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