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#1 Greg Grant

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 01:49 PM

Whoa. Blast from the past, I didn't realize my account from 2001 still worked (I wrote a few articles for InsideMacGames once an eon ago).  Anyhow, I wrote a guide on upgrading the Mac Pro guide and was browsing my keychains and saw InsideMacGames in it and wondered if it was still alive.

Hopefully people find it it useful.
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Posted 17 May 2019 - 06:10 PM

Wow, I had no idea there was a way to get Mojave running (with Metal?!) on my Mac 3.1. I might look into that, particularly since I am already using a GTX 680.

Impressive article. Comprehensive guides are very hard to write, particularly if you try to keep it up to date.
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#3 Greg Grant

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 06:58 PM

View PostMatt Diamond, on 17 May 2019 - 06:10 PM, said:

Impressive article. Comprehensive guides are very hard to write, particularly if you try to keep it up to date.

Thanks, that guide is labor of love. I wrote a blog post in 2013 detailing Mac Pro upgrade ideas and it drove a bit of traffic my semi-professional blog. Then when I bought a Mac Pro 5,1 over a year ago to return my decade old 3,,  I realized how bad my original guide started to edit it but then just started from scratch. It's easily the most effort I've put into writing.

Hopefully the few Mac gamers with Mac Pros out there find it useful. I don't consider myself much of a gamer but I do have Windows installed on my Mac Pro and occasionally play games on it. I feel like that's the been the reality of Mac gaming for the past decade. Last Mac game I recall playing is Tomb Raider (the reboot).
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Posted 04 June 2019 - 07:50 AM

Really great article.

Because of it I am going to keep my eye on the local classifieds and see if I can pick up a Mac Pro 4,1 or 5,1 for somewhat cheap and then upgrade it into a Mojave (and hopefully Catalina) compatible machine.
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Posted 04 June 2019 - 09:53 AM

Bear in mind that the single threaded performance of these older Mac Pro's is getting long in the tooth.
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Posted 18 June 2019 - 12:16 AM

Speaking of… I had one of the kids install an RX580 in the 5,1-flashed 4,1 cMP (replacing a flashed GTX680) so they could use it for some games 'n' graphics. Had to to just buy a 6-pin to 8-pin adapter. It's still a solid performer for its age.
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