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The 2009 Mac Pro shares an identical motherboard with the 2010 model. With a firmware update, you can use newer CPUs and upgrade to macOS 10.12 and 10.13. [ … ] It is important to note that you will need an official Apple GPU installed while performing the flash, so go ahead and dig out that old GT120 that came with the system when you purchased it if you've upgraded to a non-official GPU in the meantime. [ … ] If you opted for a GPU upgrade from Apple at any point, you may have a different card. This could include: [ … ] • ATI Radeon 4870 • ATI Radeon 5770 • ATI Radeon 5870 [ … ] Provided these are original Apple cards, you should be fine to proceed.
The 2009 Mac Pro shares an identical motherboard with the 2010 model. With a firmware update, you can use newer CPUs and upgrade to macOS 10.12 and 10.13. [ … ] It is important to note that you will need an official Apple GPU installed while performing the flash, so go ahead and dig out that old GT120 that came with the system when you purchased it if you've upgraded to a non-official GPU in the meantime. [ … ] If you opted for a GPU upgrade from Apple at any point, you may have a different card. This could include: [ … ] • ATI Radeon 4870 • ATI Radeon 5770 • ATI Radeon 5870 [ … ] Provided these are original Apple cards, you should be fine to proceed.