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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graphics card replacement for Mac Pro early 2008

Hi. I am hoping for some help. I have a Mac Pro from early 2008. Please note I am not v. tech savvy and ask for patience with my ignorance.

I've been getting a funny screen where it turns different colours and gest weird grey /fuzzy lines across then sometimes can't turn off even though can move mouse, or a straight grey screen. It's been suggested it's the graphics card. Does anyone know if there is a graphics card I could get to replace it to see if that would work?

The main reason I don't want to get rid of the computer completely (other than the cost of a new one) is I have a Nikon CoolScan 9000 for scanning my 32 & 120mm photos and it has a firewire, which is no longer used I've discovered on newer computers. Any help/suggestions would be most welcome.

Thank you in advance.



The computer details are:

Part Number:Z0EM

One 16x SuperDrive

500 GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s

4GB (4x1GB)

Apple Keyboard (English) + Mac OS X

Acessory kit

Two 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon (8-core)

Apple Mighty Mouse

ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB (Two dual-link DVI

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would this one work? it looks like the one inside the machine, I opened it up yesterday.

The link you had put up seems to be sold now.

Thank you again for all of your help!




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The video card is the first thing to go out on this machine. I've had very good luck with the nVidia GeForce GT 512 MB card that came stock in the 2009 MacPro. I have one in both my 2008 & 2009 machines. You should be able to get one on eBay for around $70.

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Thank you @mayer I will search for one and change it out. I appreciate your help! Best.


Is it the same as this? NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT with 512MB

Sorry for my ignorance.


This is the genuine 2009 card I'm talking about:


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