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Apple Mac Pro RX 580 GPU Install Guide

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In this video we upgrade a 2009-12 Mac Pro with RX 580 graphics. WHERE TO BUY RX 580: http://vtudio.com/a/?a=rx+580 Mini 6-pin Male to 6-pin Male: http://vtudio.com/a/?e=mini+6-pin+to+6-pin Dual 6-pin Female to 8-pin Male: http://vtudio.com/a/?e=dual+6-pin+female+to+8-pin+male SATA to 6-pin: http://vtudio.com/a/?a=sata+to+6-pin Mac Pro: http://vtudio.com/a/?e=mac+pro+2010 SPECIAL THANKS Thanks for your support and if you have any suggestions or would like to help us produce more videos, please visit: https://vtudio.com/a/?support What you'll need is two mini 6 pin to 6 pin adapters and a dual 6-pin to 8-pin adapter. If you'd like to use your Mac compatible graphics card alongside your RX 580 for boot loader support, you can always use power from a SATA port from the hard drive bays convert that into a 6 pin with a SATA to 6 pin adapter. See the full graphics card review for more information: https://youtu.be/RGCceOhv3f4 FILMING TOOLS http://vtudio.com/tools Links to products often include an affiliate tracking code which allow us to earn fees on purchases you make through them.
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TranSient Estúdio (1 day ago)
Hello, Vtudio! Thanks for all your videos...! It helped me a lot...! I've done now the installation of the RX 580 (Pulse/Sapphire - 8GB) but after times the screen loses signal and recovers. Any idea of what it could be? I've bought mine yesterday but i need to know if it's a problem of the card, cable or Mac Pro 5.1...!
Vtudio (1 day ago)
Hey mate, if I was you I'd first investigate the cable and monitor, check if it's fully plugged in, maybe even switch it over to another port. If it still does it, I'd then investigate the card, if you're able to on another computer. If not then go about getting a replacement, as this shouldn't happen.
Versus3D (1 day ago)
Any idea if this would work in a Mac Pro 3,1?
Alex (7 days ago)
RX 580 is not a beast, just a mid range video card 😀
Vtudio (7 days ago)
Mate, you're talking to a guy who was rocking a 10 year old Mac Pro. The RX 580 was beast and a half back then.
pid cin (7 days ago)
Hey! Do you need any drivers to get the sapphire RX 580 pulse working ? Also do you lose one of your 16x slots due to the size of the GPU?
Vtudio (7 days ago)
Hey mate, the drivers are built into MacOS since High Sierra. You lose half of the slot next to the RX580 slot, you can still fit in slim peripherals like an SSD or a USB hub, but you won't be able to fit in another GPU. You can fit the RX580 in the 2nd slot and use the 1st slot for a smaller GPU, I've got a clip of this in the full upgrade guide here: https://youtu.be/RGCceOhv3f4?t=966
M_X_C_N (15 days ago)
Any reason you didn't just find a dual mini 6-pin to 8pin?
M_X_C_N (13 days ago)
ahh ok fair enough. EDIT: Well never mind. Turns out the issue was the cable between my monitor and computer. Swapped the DVI for an HDMI I borrowed and it works. Thanks for the video though. Incredibly helpful in even getting this install done.
Vtudio (15 days ago)
Hey mate, I live in Australia, they're harder to find here.
Adam GIZLIN (21 days ago)
Is there anyway to control the GPU fan speeds on a mac?
Vtudio (21 days ago)
Hey mate, not that I know if, but if you find a way, please let me know.
Darin Hillstrom (1 month ago)
Hi, Thanks for the awesome tutorial. My RX580 install went flawless with Sierra to Mojave. My 2010 5.1 mac pro is zippy now. Getting benchmark scores around 26,000. Final Cut ProX works great with 4K etc... Question: any idea how I can activate free sync or make sure that my FPS settings are set to high/unlimited? I wish there was a way to make adjustments to the card. There is no AMD driver interface for the card apparently.
jmorg1267 (1 month ago)
I didn't see anything about installing drivers for the new card. Is that just a given? I am currently running an Nvidia Quadro 4000 that is no longer supported and I will be replacing it with this RX 580, most likely..
Vtudio (1 month ago)
Hey mate, the drivers for the RX 580 are provided as part of macOS High Sierra and Mojave.
Antonio Pardo (1 month ago)
I have a Mac Pro 2009 (flashed to 5.1) Xeon E5520. I would like to know if you serve these EVGA Geforce Gtx 660 Ti 2GB card. Help Vtudio
JC cohen (1 month ago)
Does this add a LOT more heat to the internal mac? I have the same mac, all 4 HD bays are full and have an Avid Card and a Black magic card, and it does get pretty hot during a 8-12 day use, but I do need a more powerful card like this one
Vtudio (1 month ago)
Hey mate, when I did my research for my upgrade I saw that Sapphire had the best rep for being quiet[1], but the reviews for this Gigabyte edition on the site give it 5 stars, so it sounds good. Regarding price is about $100[2] more than the Sapphire card being sold at Amazon, but the good thing about getting the Gigabyte OWC model is that they provide a 3 year warranty and a 30 day returns policy, so if it does turn out to be noisy, then you should be able to return it[3]. [1] https://www.computerbase.de/2017-04/radeon-rx-580-570-test/2/ [2] http://vtudio.com/a/?a=sapphire+rx580+8gb [3] https://eshop.macsales.com/service/returnpolicy
jc jc (1 month ago)
+Vtudio Thank you so much for your prompt reply. Also how is this nitro compared to the Radeon RX 580 Bundle at OWC: https://eshop.macsales.com/item/GIGABYTE/MP1012R580V/
Vtudio (1 month ago)
Hey mate, it's actually cooler as it runs on a more efficient node (14nm vs 40nm), so if you're doing the same work on both cards, the RX 580 would be able to handle it using a lot less power, that added to the beefy heat sink gets you a much lower idle operating temperature (27c[1] vs 47c[2]). Where it would run hot is if you pushed it harder than you normally would, for example if you started mining on the card or playing games at a high resolution. [1] Idle temperatures of RX 580 - 27c - https://www.legitreviews.com/sapphire-nitro-radeon-rx-580-limited-edition-video-card-review_193736/12 [2] Idle temperatures of HD 5770 - 47c - https://www.techspot.com/review/209-ati-radeon-hd-5770/page11.html
Paulo Parreira (1 month ago)
I want to upgrade my Mac Pro 5.1 2010 Sierra to High Sierra, do i have to remove gpu (NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 Ti 2047 MB) and insert original gpu (Radeon 5770 1GB) for the procedure?
Paulo Parreira (1 month ago)
+Vtudio My Nvidia Card is not Mac dedicated, so i don't see the startup Apple logo. Thanks for the tip, and i'll watch your video again.
Vtudio (1 month ago)
Hey mate, I've got a guide on upgrading to High Sierra here[1], just watched it and it looks like you need to use a USB installer disk, which requires loading the boot manager. Does your Nvidia card allow you to launch the boot manager (holding down alt on startup)? If not, you'll need to use the original GPU for the upgrade. [1] https://youtu.be/Mlx33YD_qxU
ricky v (1 month ago)
Hey, dude! I found one of these locally. Did you power it with only one 8 PIN or an 8+6 PIN power connectors?
ricky v (1 month ago)
Vtudio Solid! Thank you Mate. Stay blessed.
Vtudio (1 month ago)
For additional power, in case you decide to overclock your card.
ricky v (1 month ago)
Vtudio Oh okay. So, that’s what the additional 6 PIN is for?
Vtudio (1 month ago)
Hey mate, I just used the 8pin as I didn't do any overclocking.
Raphael Hattab (1 month ago)
Thank you very much. This tutorial was perfect for my computer !
Vtudio (1 month ago)
Glad it helped mate.
Lloyd Hughes (2 months ago)
Oh boy I have no confidence in myself to pull this off. Can you still use a mini display port or is that gone too?
Vtudio (2 months ago)
Hey mate, to be honest this one's pretty easy to pull off as long as you get all the right connectors, it's not like the CPU upgrade that requires a science coat. On the RX 580, there's no mini display port, but you can always use an adapter if you need that interface.
Aaron (2 months ago)
Hey, i got one of these and it came with a single mini-6 pin connector to an 8 pin connector. Everything I've seen has utilized both mini six pin connectors into one 8 pin connector. Should I order one of those Dual mini 6 pin to 8 pin connectors? It works fine, but I'm wondering if its not fully powered or something.
Vtudio (2 months ago)
Each mini-6 pin port should provide 75W of power, however an 8 pin port expects up to 150W of power, so to be safe it's best to use two mini-6 pins to provide the 150W an 8 pin expects. On the flip side, I've read on a few forums that these Mac Pro's give more than the 75W of power for their mini-6 pin ports, so it should run fine converting it directly to an 8 pin, but of course I have also read on a few forums that if you do this you put your motherboard at risk.
Aaron (2 months ago)
In "About This Mac.." it also lists this card as an "AMD R9 xxx 8192 MB" and not "Raedon Pro 580 8 GB"
juan fuentes (2 months ago)
Can I install one of these gpu to my mac pro 2.1 El capitan.?
Joe Duffy (2 months ago)
Thanks a million. We have the exact same rig, and the exact same old vidCard; so your directions are just what I needed, particularly as applies to that damned cabling silliness. I am on it like a hornet getting the proper double mini 6 pins to 8 pin stuff. Much Mahalo friend :)
Vtudio (2 months ago)
Glad to help mate.
Tony Lorenzo (2 months ago)
Huge let-down that you didn't do a proper performance test with this card at the end. "Mouse is a lot more responsive" isn't exactly a sign of good performance. LOL.
Vtudio (2 months ago)
Don't fear mate, there's an in-depth performance dive in the full review https://youtu.be/RGCceOhv3f4 at 9:07
Chris Crans (3 months ago)
Your videos have been incredibly helpful, thank you! I am having one problem. I can't get the mac to boot into windows with the RX580 installed. I changed the startup disk in Mojave, reboot and nothing, just a black screen. I replace it with the 5870 and I'm back in business. Any ideas?
Chris Crans (3 months ago)
+Vtudio, I got it! Reinstalled Win10 fixed the graphics issue. Fun fact, if you disable SIP and install BootChamp, you can easily dual boot between windows and MacOS! If you'd like the how-to, let me know.  The nice thing about BootChamp is that it only affects one restart. So, once you restart out of windows, it automagically boots back into macOS!
Vtudio (3 months ago)
Hey mate, I only had up to High Sierra, if you don't need Mojave then you could always downgrade to that, otherwise you if you have an Apple Developer account you can report a bug to Apple and they may fix it in a future update.
elliot xyz (3 months ago)
What input/output did you use to connect to the monitor brother?
Vtudio (3 months ago)
Hey mate, I used HDMI.
aibs (3 months ago)
Anyone had any luck using a Sapphire Nitro+ Special Edition RX 580 on a Mac Pro 2012?
Vtudio (3 months ago)
Hey mate, it should work the same as on a Mac Pro 2010 as they're the same build computers with just different CPU options.
Brad Studio (3 months ago)
I have six screens, how can I install two of these into my Mac? I'm guessing I'll need to find more power somewhere.
Stanley Wilde (3 months ago)
Excellent demo but you didn't tell anything regarding the firmware of such a graphic card under mac
Vtudio (3 months ago)
Hey mate, there's more info in the full version of this video, but in short, it works out of the box from macOS High Sierra, the only thing that won't work is the boot screen.
NO COMMENTS (3 months ago)
I just don´t know because the people buy MAC, IT IS VERY MORE COST, FOR VERY MORE LOW PERFORMACE.
Would this need the cable solution too please - rx560 radeon 4gb aorus gddr5
Vtudio - thanks so much. I’ve just ordered the cables used in this video and I’ve been told that it should only draw the power it needs.... here’s hoping..
Vtudio (3 months ago)
Hey mate, just posted it into google and it looks like you'd need just the 6 pin.
b L u A n T (3 months ago)
i just fitted the pulse edition to my 2010 pro but cannot get any audio to my monitor speakers...tried using hdmi to hdmi & dp to hdmi cable ??
b L u A n T (2 months ago)
I had to buy external speakers to plug into the mac line out, no driver for card sound output..
Robert Shingler (3 months ago)
I have the same problem also with high sierra any idea how to fix. Or are Apple just be nice in there wisdom 🤯
b L u A n T (3 months ago)
yes they must have updated it, i will try an older hdmi cable the one i brought for this card is a newer 4k ready cable so an older one may still work, fingers crossed...
Vtudio (3 months ago)
It worked fine back when I used High Sierra version 10.13.3, perhaps they broke it again in the newer version.
b L u A n T (3 months ago)
I am using high Sierra, thanks
Midi-K Kaban (4 months ago)
Hi, i really like your videos i have the same Mac 5.1 and i want to upgrade it, but i can buy this RX580 everywhere or it has to be mac compatible or something? because in some stores where i asked they told me that its not compatible
Vtudio (4 months ago)
That's right yeah, you can check out the performance videos to get a better idea.
Midi-K Kaban (4 months ago)
+Vtudio ok so if i only use Mac with no (windows bootcamp) it will work fine right?
Vtudio (4 months ago)
Hey mate, it runs on the Mac but it doesn't run the boot screen selector. So if you try to hold down alt to startup via another drive (eg. Windows Bootcamp), it won't show that part. There's a demonstration and tips in the full version of this video.
Hans Rudolf (4 months ago)
great video! does the brightness control work under Mojave with the rx 580?
mac tech (4 months ago)
UPDATE!! Ok all you mac pro 2010-2012 gamers!! ADD THIS TO THE DESCRIPTION tip BOOTRUNNER by twocanoes well worth the purchase It gives me a boot selection screen for third party GPU’s before the login screen and also allows you to boot the EFI bootcamp partition (1 cavet though you need to disable nvram in sip but i can live with that) You can try before you buy
G Nouel (4 months ago)
Why is it that you don't get the apple logo when booting up? does that affect the options to boot up on restore mode or any other mode?
Vtudio (4 months ago)
Hey mate, the boot system is run by a different operating system than macOS and Apple has decided to only update the drivers of macOS and not the boot system. A custom GPU will give you problems with the boot manager screen, so you won't be able to hold down alt and select which operating system to boot into if you have multiple operating systems installed. But, you can still boot into recovery mode by holding down command + R. In the full version of this video I go through performance and Bootcamp.
Jack Steel (4 months ago)
I want this card. I am running a MAC PRO 5,1 and am stuck using MAC OS 10.10.5 YOSEMITE will this card work for me
Vtudio (4 months ago)
Hey mate, haven't personally tried it, but just make sure it's the Mac version of the card as the PC version will require flashing before you can use it.
Jack Steel (4 months ago)
+Vtudio Thanks for the reply! YEA that is what I am getting. I think I am going to get use install a "AMD Radeon HD7950 3GB Video Card for Mac Pro 2008-2012 Systems 4K Metal Support" to run under MAC OS 10.10.5 I have a few guys tell me that's the way to go on this...... DO YOU CONCUR? I am sick of the 1 gig card apple OEM card and want to add another monitor
Vtudio (4 months ago)
Hey mate, as far as I can remember this card will only work from High Sierra.
ddpmusicla (4 months ago)
DO you know if it can work with other OS like 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion) and 10.11.6 (El Capitan)? Thanks for making this tutorial!
Vtudio (4 months ago)
Hey mate, as far as I can remember, the drivers for the RX580 only came in with High Sierra.
Paul Randall (4 months ago)
Simply wonderful I got one of the overclocked light blue ones from Amazon, but had to wait for about 3 weeks for a cable to arrive. I hooked it up and found that I forgot to get the Display Port Mini female to Display Port converter to use with the card. It has two Display Port, two HDMI and one DVI. Only the Display Port converter was available on Amazon. I got everything there from the card, the power cable and converter cable. The converter cable came in a couple of days, much better than the power cable. Plugged in the converter, powered up and I was good to go. Thank you. Everything is quick, now.
Vtudio (4 months ago)
Glad it worked in the end for you, it's also funny to me because I went through the exact same experience as you ordering the card, then the cable, then the converter, each taking weeks to arrive.
Steven Beaber (4 months ago)
I put one of these in my hackintosh. I get amazing good benchmark scores. Thanks for the video.
Vtudio (4 months ago)
Nice one mate
enaungong (4 months ago)
I got the same graphic card days ago, installed it by follow this video. My mac pro now can run Mojave and everything fine. Thanks for the video, appreciate! Btw, two 6 pins into one 8 pins, do you think is it over power to the card? is it harmful?
luis taxat (5 months ago)
Hi . I already bought the same graphics card, but it does not work, the fans do work but the card does not output the monitor, I read in forums that I have to have the latest firmware, I have Mac Pro 5.1 firmware MP51.0084 .B00. Can you tell me what is the firmware of your Mac pro? to compare with mine. Thank you
Vtudio (5 months ago)
Hey mate, that's the same firmware as mine, what OS version are you using? I was on MacOS High Sierra .3
Chris Bamford (5 months ago)
Mate, what's the reference for that monitor you're running please. Cheers.
Vtudio (5 months ago)
Hey mate its the LG 34UM88, you can find the review here: https://youtu.be/uhmOnDWMkjg and a purchase link here: http://vtudio.com/a/?a=lg+ultrawide+34UM88
Settanta Allora (5 months ago)
Hi first thanks for your video ...please may you tell me if that Nitro is 2 or 2.5 bay pice ? I need to know if I can use other pcie connection...Many thanks ..cheers
Vtudio (5 months ago)
Yep, the 8 pin gives 150W (when connected properly via 2 mini 6 pins) and the PCI slot gives another 75W, so 225W is the max.
Settanta Allora (5 months ago)
Vtudio hi mate just last thing please ... is Mac Pro able to feed nitro +? I mean is true that it can go up to 200 w ? In such a case is only 8 pin supply ok ? Please let me know ASAP... cheers
Settanta Allora (5 months ago)
Vtudio many thanks again
Vtudio (5 months ago)
Hey mate, it doesn't completely block the port next to it, but the space is very limited. I managed to slot in a PCIe SSD card in that space and it ran fine, but if you can leave a space between the graphics card in general it's a good idea as GPUs can run hot. Here's a photo of what the space left looks like[1], when I had placed the SSD card currently in slot 4 into slot 2 there was around half a cm space between the GPU and the SSD. [1] https://i.imgur.com/pGWQQXk.jpg
Hi, do you know if I need the same cables to install the pulse edition?
+Vtudio thanks a lot man
Vtudio (5 months ago)
That's right, it's Metal compatible.
+Vtudio and, do you know if nitro is METAL compatible? Thanks man
Vtudio (5 months ago)
Hey mate, yep that's right, Pulse uses an 8-pin too.
Jacob Guerrero (5 months ago)
Found a 2012 Mac Pro 6 core, 24gb ram, 1tb hhd for $100, in absolute immaculate condition! I’m thinking about upgrading to ssd and this graphics card. I’m needing a dual boot computer than can boot Yosemite and high Sierra/Mojave.......I use a lot of legacy apps that only work with Yosemite and older OS’s. With this graphic card work? At the moment is have a 2014 iMac 5K that dual boots, I LOVE the 5k resolution, everything is so crisp...... i hookup up the Mac Pro with a DVI to com-port cable to a 4K screen and the picture is very pixelated and looks like I went back into the Stone Age! Will this graphics card fix that problem?
TheOsnovis (2 months ago)
Dude i payed for my 5.1 700€
Paulo Parreira (4 months ago)
I have the same issue with legacy software, even with some printer drivers, but i fresh install Yosemite, then all the software and drivers and then upgrade to Sierra, all works fine.
Jacob Guerrero (5 months ago)
i appreciate you writing back! keep up the good work!
Vtudio (5 months ago)
Ah that makes sense, I love iMovie too, ever since I moved to FCPX everything's just gotten slower.
Jacob Guerrero (5 months ago)
Vtudio yes i still use Yosemite because Yosemite was the last OS that supported iMovie 09, and iDVD. I run half of my business off of iDVD..... Apple deleted chapter markers from the new version of iMovie. I’ve tried different dvd software but none come close to iDVD. iMovie 09 is just easy to use. I have Final Cut Pro, I just prefer iMovie
Chuck Heinbaugh (5 months ago)
What is the model number of the RX 580?
Vtudio (5 months ago)
Sapphire Nitro+ 8GB
luis taxat (5 months ago)
Hi, does anyone really know if this card works well in Mojave? I want to buy an equal, but my question is that, does it work in Mojave macos? Thank you
Vtudio (5 months ago)
Nice one, let me know how you get on with it.
luis taxat (5 months ago)
Hello thank you very much. I had the doubt because this card is Sapphire Nitro + Radeon RX 580 and in the apple support it supports the SAPPHIRE Radeon PULSE RX 580 card, I have been reading about the difference between nitro and pulse and the difference is only the ventilation, nitro it refers to ventilation. thank you very much for the answer, I will buy this card to be able to update to mojave macos, greetings
Vtudio (5 months ago)
Hey mate, haven't tested it myself, but it is officially supported[1]. [1] https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT208898
Memo Pony (5 months ago)
What year of Mac Pro do you have dude? 2010 or 2012?
Vtudio (5 months ago)
2010, but they're both of the same design (5,1).
Thibault CHAMBRILLON (5 months ago)
Where I can buy these cable ? Amazon ? Can I have link cause these in the description are dead :( I'm in France maybe that's why
Thibault CHAMBRILLON (5 months ago)
I received my graphic card and try to use dual mini 6 pon to 8 pin and it works well :)
Vtudio (5 months ago)
Nice one congrats, please do let me know how it works out for you mate.
Thibault CHAMBRILLON (5 months ago)
So I order a dual mini 6 pin to 8 pin on amazon, when i receive my card I can let you know if it's work :) For you and especially for mac pro owner who looks your video :)
Vtudio (5 months ago)
Haven't tried it myself but the theory is that the card will still draw up to 150W from the 8 pin port and the Mac Pro will provide whatever the GPU asks from the 8 pin connection, but some people say that if you draw that much power it can wear out the motherboard.
Thibault CHAMBRILLON (5 months ago)
Is it possible to buy on 6 pin male to 8 pin male and 6 pin male to 6 pin male and put it in the optional port ?
Ancel Rick (5 months ago)
when getting Y cables. make sure the 6 pin ends are female and 8 pin end is male. the amazon search is just "dual 6-pin to 8-pin" the results are not all useable for this.
Ancel Rick (5 months ago)
no worries, I had the wrong one in my shopping cart. lol.
Vtudio (5 months ago)
Thanks for the tip mate, updated the descriptions to include male/female.
Jason Hughes (5 months ago)
Here's Apple's list of officially supported Vcards for Mojave: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208898
Vtudio (5 months ago)
Thanks mate
Deok Kang (5 months ago)
Is it works without rom flashing ?
Vtudio (5 months ago)
That's right, however note that there's no boot screen and you'd need to be on High Sierra.
Geoff Silberman (5 months ago)
Terrific video! The tip about the necessary wiring harnesses for converting two mini-6 pins to an 8 pin was critical--thank you!
Vtudio (5 months ago)
Thanks mate, and best of luck with your upgrade
Mike Moon (5 months ago)
How do you boot to bootcamp without bootscreen? I remember using a program called Bootchamp a while back but it stopped working and I wasn't sure if it's still working for anyone else or if there's an alternative new iteration of the program? Thanks
Mike Moon (5 months ago)
Ah yes, i read up on that method. However it's a pain. I did a little research to see if there was an alternative to Bootchamp and it seems that Bootchamp still works. The app stays on your app bar on top and you just click start windows and it will automatically shut down MacOS and start up Windows without having to do anything. I just ordered a Radeon Pulse RX 580 and I'm going to try this. I have an Nvidia 680 Mac Edition and wanted an upgrade that's recognized by High Sierra. Apparently you have to disable SIP to use my Kore 2 controller. How to do it was tricky, but simple with instructions: 1. Boot into recovery (Hold Command + R after turning the mac on) 2. From menu bar find Terminal 3. Type in terminal: csrutil disable 4. Bootchamp works now. It's been confirmed to work with Sierra.
Vtudio (5 months ago)
Hey mate, I give a demo in the full version of this video[1], just go into System Preferences > Startup Disk and select Windows, but it is a complete pain as the only way I know of to switch back is to reset the PRAM or install a 2nd Mac compatible graphics card. [1] https://youtu.be/5Wq7FkBOpZs
lfhlaw (5 months ago)
I was able to install this card into my Mac. Of note....for me at least...Neither of the 2 fans are running while the Card is installed and computer is on. Currently It's driving 2 displays with no fans. Granted I'm not doing much other than surfing the net and occasionally watching youtube or a movie. Will the Fans kick on when needed??
Vtudio (5 months ago)
Are the fans definitely not running or are they perhaps running silent? You can give running a graphics intensive benchmark like Valley[1] a go. [1] https://benchmark.unigine.com/valley
Ibis Blanco (5 months ago)
You saved my ass!
Enrico Bagarotto (5 months ago)
Hi! So you just put it in and it worked like that, no drivers needed? Also, I believe it supports Metal (which is needed for macOS Mojave), do you confirm? Any help appreciated!
Enrico Bagarotto (5 months ago)
Cheers! Don't really need the absolute cutting edge performance, I'm sure the 580 (or even 560) will suffice, as long as they work! Will read more on the boot screen thing too, thanks for your reply!
Vtudio (5 months ago)
Hey mate, yep no drivers required as High Sierra has them built in, though I've only tested the Sapphire brand myself and can't guarantee that all brands will work the same. I haven't tested Mojave myself but I've seen reports online saying that it works fine (with no boot screen of course). Depending on your budget, it might be worth waiting a couple of months to see what AMD release as they've stated that their new 7nm GPUs are coming out this year, so anytime now, new cards as powerful if not more than the Vega 64 with the power draw of the RX580 will be released, so that could be an option for you, or it may at least drop the prices of the RX580s.
Jhonathan Jiménez (6 months ago)
I found this graphic card for my Mac Pro 5.1 MID 2012 https://www.amazon.com/Sapphire-Backplate-Special-Graphic-11265-21-20G/dp/B073BKYBC5/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1535494878&sr=8-1&keywords=Sapphire+nitro+rx+580 Is this graphic card OK for my system ?
Vtudio (6 months ago)
Just replied to you in the other thread, but to confirm that's the same one used in this video.
Shinkamui (6 months ago)
I came for the tits, but Im staying for the upgrade tips. Thanks from a first time 5,1 buyer.
ukuelig (6 months ago)
My Sapphire RX 580 Special Edition looks very similar to yours. I found that in my Mac Pro 4,1 (flashed to 5,1) that the card (installed in slot 1) is so tall it makes slot 2 inaccessible. So in effect I now have only three usable PCI slots instead of four. I can live with it, but others might want to know about this. I also kept the original NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 graphics card in slot 3, since sometimes I want access to the boot screen to choose a start-up volume. My monitor has a DVI connector, so I got a DVI switch-box from Amazon for £12 sterling. It has two inputs and one output. The two graphics cards are connected to the inputs, and the monitor to the output. All I have to do is press a button on the switch-box to change between the RX 580 and the GT 120. Very convenient, and cheap! Thanks for all your Mac Pro videos. They've been a great help as I upgraded my machine over the last couple of months.
Cristian Fabozzi (27 days ago)
now that i'm thinking about it, how did u gave power to the gt 120 if both 6 pin connectors are used to power the sapphire?
Cristian Fabozzi (27 days ago)
wow, that's exactly what i want to ask! So if i keep the gt 120 with the saffire i can access to boot screen! thank you man! ;)
HyperXism (1 month ago)
Will mojave still boot if you have a non metal card in the mac?
ukuelig (6 months ago)
I see from the video that you put your card into slot 1. Did you find that it made slot 2 unavailable?
Vtudio (6 months ago)
Thanks for the tips mate! Love your solution with the GT120 switch-box
Neffels Tech (7 months ago)
upgrading my 2010. Can not for life of me to get the freaking 8 pin to go in. Dont but gutsyparker they are trash
Neffels Tech (7 months ago)
Vtudio I'm returning it. Would have been nice to get new graphics today but least my ram and everything else works
Vtudio (7 months ago)
Mate, don't break it, it shouldn't be that hard, best to get another cable, if you got it from eBay you can say it's faulty and they will have to give you a refund.
Neffels Tech (7 months ago)
Vtudio I'm pushing plenty hard I think. And wiggling it around to try to get them lined up but no luck so far
Neffels Tech (7 months ago)
Vtudio been trying that for about an hour now. The problem is the 8 pin if you move the cables it changes the metal pins angle on inside. So I can't get them to line up to get them to plug in
Vtudio (7 months ago)
Hey mate, have you tried plugging the 8-pin in first before slotting the card it?
Dylan Penev (7 months ago)
Is it bad when you don‘t see the boot screen?
Vtudio (7 months ago)
You can switch using System Preferences > Startup Disk on Mac, and from Windows if you have both graphics cards installed you can switch using Bootcamp Manager. Alternatively you can use Bootchamp from Mac which allows you to boot into Windows without setting it as the startup drive, that way you just reset Windows and it'll boot back into MacOS. Or from Windows, after resetting you can reset your PRAM and it'll boot back into MacOS. There's a demo in the longer edit of this video here: https://youtube.com/watch?v=RGCceOhv3f4
Dylan Penev (7 months ago)
Vtudio But if there is no boot screen, how can you switch to Windows? How did you do it?
Dylan Penev (7 months ago)
Vtudio But if there is no boot screen, how can you switch to Windows? How did you do it?
Vtudio (7 months ago)
Hey mate, if you're a MacOS guy then not really as you want to boot into MacOS directly. It's only bad if you're considering dual booting back and forth to Windows, or if you're an early adopter and plan on updating your OS to the latest version ASAP, as usually the latest OS tends to have a few bugs that only get resolved after a few months of play.
Greg Hernandez (7 months ago)
Thank you for the informational video, good tutorial as well! I plan on doing this with my Mac Pro eventually. Quick question: What is SATA? And what is important about the booting screen? Is it necessary to have? And if you have both graphics card installed how does the system know to default to one? Or does it use both in tandem? Thank you for video once again!
Greg Hernandez (7 months ago)
Thank you for the clarification and information!
Vtudio (7 months ago)
Hey mate, the computer uses both but does all the main work on the one which is connected to the monitor. If an application is smart it can also use the other one but most apps don't and will just use the connected one. Booting screen is not necessary at all if you're just doing Mac stuff, if you plan on installing Windows and dual booting then it is essential. SATA is the connection type used for hard drives, in this case we used those SATA hard drive connectors for its power source rather than connection.
Scott Vick (8 months ago)
Good Day Let me first say I love your videos and because of the RX580 video I went out and got the exact model. I have one question about resolution. I run a 3 monitor setup 2 30" Dells at 2560x1600 and 2 24" in portrait mode at 1200x1920 resolution. I thought the 2 display ports could handle the 30" monitors and the 2 HDMI ports would handle the 24" monitors. I was mistaken as the display ports only give me 1920x1080 on both 30" monitors. How are you able to get max resolution out of your RX580 in order to run a 4K monitor via display port? Thanx Scott
Ken Klejs (8 months ago)
Man, these videos had me hyped, so I ended up buying a 5.1 Mac Pro. And it has been nothing but one huge disaster. Windows 10 was a pain to install, that it almost unusable since the OS switching function is nearly removed due to the APFS forced formatting. Having to reset the PRAM every time you want to boot into OS X is ridicules. I had a RX480, and while it works in Mac OS, I won't show ANYTHING when booting in Windows. And you can't install AMD drivers without the card installed. And with my flashed GTX680, I can't have both cards in at the same time without them crashing shortly after booting Windows. Maybe it is a different story with the RX580? I only have an option of using the Mac Pro solely on OS X with the RX480 or a Windows/Mac with a GTX680. Overall, the Mac Pro is severely handicapped by Apple software changes. I had high hopes for a dual system that could game, but now I feel like an idiot for buying the Mac Pro.
Ken Klejs (8 months ago)
Here is the link to the guide. Hope you might be able to use a few tips, so you can avoid using a PRAM reset as a boot method. https://www.reddit.com/r/macpro/comments/90rye3/complete_guide_mac_os_10136_high_sierra_with/
Ken Klejs (8 months ago)
I did it! 40+ hours of my vacation, but I got it running with a switchable Bootcamp! Pros: - No need for PRAM reset, or anything like that. I can use Bootcamp software or Bootchamp to choose my operating system. - It works great. - Updating High Sierra from 10.13.5 to 10.13.6 worked fine. Cons: - Mac SSD is formatted af HFS+ and not APFS. Might cause problems in the future. - Windows 7 instead of 10. - A hassle to setup correctly. I'll make a guideline in Reddit I think. Somebody could gain from my frustation, sweat and tears.
Vtudio (8 months ago)
Glad you're making progress, when you get it fully setup the way you want it, make sure you make a backup and disable updates, in case one of those things screws things up.
Ken Klejs (8 months ago)
I actually got it to work, by putting my SSD into my PC and installing the drivers from there. Then it worked when I put it back. But unfortunately, I could not boot back and forth between Windows or Mac with either Bootchamp/Startup Disk/Bootcamp without having to use my GTX680 for seing the bootscreen. 25 hours of troubleshooting, yay
Vtudio (8 months ago)
Hey mate, that sucks, for me with the RX580 just worked out of the box with Windows update, the whole nonsense with dual booting is annoying but I've had both cards in there with no crashes. Which brand RX480 do you have? You can also try an app called BootChamp, which allows you to temporarily switch to Windows without changing the boot drive. So next time you reset from Windows (including for software updates), it'll boot back always into Mac. It's annoying if you don't mean it, but works out better overall to avoid that reset PRAM trick. Worst case, you can always sell it on, the markets still good for Mac Pros right now as the 2019's aren' out and all the new tech coming out of Apple at the moment is overpriced and very controversial.
Eliomar Enciso (8 months ago)
Also I see that the rx 580 is for windows.. how did you get it to work for Mac Sierra?
Vtudio (8 months ago)
Nice one, what was wrong with it in the end? Yep HDMI audio works here, they broke it in 10.13.2, but it works again in 10.13.3.
Eliomar Enciso (8 months ago)
So I finally got it to work. But now I'm not getting any audio. Are you getting any audio via HDMI or DVI inputs?
Eliomar Enciso (8 months ago)
Yeah that is what was confusing me at the beginning thanks for the clarification. Also yes, the sapphire logo does light up and the fans are spinning. I think I might of just received a faulty RX 580.
Vtudio (8 months ago)
It works in both cases, with both plugged in or just the RX 580 on its own - you just don't get the boot screen with the RX 580 on its own. I have a demo in the full version of this video: https://youtu.be/RGCceOhv3f4 Another thing to check - does the Sapphire logo light come on and the fan spin?
Eliomar Enciso (8 months ago)
Yes, I have tried connecting my monitor with the HDMI input and the DVI input. I have not tried to connect this card to another computer for all I have is just one. Do I need to have both 5770 and the RX 580 connected at the same time? Or can I just have the RX 580?
Eliomar Enciso (8 months ago)
Hey! I just bought myself one of these. I have he same computer. My monitor doesn’t want to display anything though. I followed what you did and I get nothing when I turn it on. Did you install any driver before you added the Rx 580?
Chad Roche (1 month ago)
Same. Any solutions?
Jingxi Cui (8 months ago)
how are things on the Mac side? what version of Mac OS are you running, final cut benchmark? thanks a lot!
Vtudio (8 months ago)
Hey mate, I'm on 10.13.3 and have a fuller review and benchmark in this video at the 9:10 mark: https://youtu.be/RGCceOhv3f4
koban4max (9 months ago)
There's 1. 6mini pin to 8 pin..,should I buy that?
Vtudio (4 months ago)
+Kalle Ankaa Which RX 580 are you referring to? The Sapphire version has both an 8-pin and 6-pin, but only requires the 8-pin to be connected. The 6-pin is for additional power if you plan on overclocking the unit.
Kalle Ankaa (4 months ago)
but that card RX 580 requires a 6 pin AND 8 pin config. ist it smart to have 1 mini 6 pin to 8 pin and another mini 6 pin to standard 6 pin?+Vtudio
koban4max (8 months ago)
Thabks!
Vtudio (8 months ago)
I'd get a dual mini 6 pin to 8 pin not just a single mini 6 pin to 8 pin to ensure it meets the cards power requirements.
Jameo360 (9 months ago)
I have a RX 470 in my Mac Pro and it's ok in general stuff, but anything intensive and programs/games crash. Some games run worse than the stock GT 120 so I'm not sure what's up.
Good afternoon. Are there any problems with graphics card fans? At the time of booting the system ventilatory spinning but when uploaded they all stopped, even when the temperature is not spinning. my Mac pro 4.1 system is flashed to 5.1 OS HS 10.13.5 video card sapphire nitro+ RX 580.
Vtudio (9 months ago)
Hey mate, I've had no problems with the fan on my graphics card. Perhaps it's faulty? Have you tried plugging it into another computer to verify?
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bordellos (10 months ago)
thanks, these are great and very helpful videos. how do you use your macbook pro and mac pro with your ultrawide monitor? i'm thinking of a similar setup but am not sure the best way, since i would want to use the ultrawide at times for the macbook and at times for the mac pro.
Vtudio (10 months ago)
Hey mate, you can connect both computers to the monitor and switch between the HDMI inputs. You can also use an app like Share Mouse[1] to use the keyboard and trackpad of the MacBook to drive the Mac Pro - but it's not always 100% reliable. [1] http://www.keyboard-and-mouse-sharing.com/
Drew Robertson (10 months ago)
You are sooo lucky, I bought an oem 580 & it has a 6 pin on it, not an 8 pin, so it is running in degraded mode (480) :( I cant seem to find dual mini 6 pin to 6 pin. Try running some bench marks like cinebench 15 & you will be amazed compared to your old one!!!! Thanks again for the video!!!
Drew Robertson (10 months ago)
Oh, I forgot, I plugged mine into my friends cordsair computer & it does recognize it as a 580. His power supply was feeding my card 150 watts. & I havent checked to see how much power it is drawing on my CMP.... there, I think that answers everything! :)
Drew Robertson (10 months ago)
Howdy Vtudio, let me try to answer all your questions, I have been using it for over 2 months now, & no random crashes, it is ROCK solid, in fact it hasnt crashed once! My cinebench 15 score is 1280 which is great, so I dont think it is really running that much slower... my original thought process for getting the 580 was that it will encode vr videos, the 480 will not. The other thought, at the time i purchased mine, the 580 was only $40 more than the 480, & the 480 had 4 gigs, & the 580 has 8 gigs of v-ram. I am still looking for adaptors. Mine is in a 2010 MP 5,1 & is even quieter than the sapphire card. I mainly use my computer with FCPX, Aperture & Lightroom. Thanks for the ❤️, If I find anything else that might help out, I will post here. Have a great day!
Vtudio (10 months ago)
Hey mate, thanks for the tip that the OEM RX 580 still works with one 6-pin plug, I just had a look and couldn't find any adapters either. Do you suffer from any random crashes or anything like that or is it just running slower? Also, have you checked to see how much power it's drawing?

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