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March 15, 2012, 07:10:15 PM
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Anyone currently use any of the Mac Pro G5's (stock) video cards for mining?  Were any of them worth a crap (to mine at like 20+MH/s)?
 
Our company will be ditching about 15 of them, and I've been given permission to cannibalize parts if I want.  And whatever I don't take will be going to a recycling company.  So of course I'll be looking through the video cards to see what the stock cards are/were, and if we've upgraded any of them to something beefier.   I really don't want any of the other stuff out of the G5s, although I am tempted to cannibalize parts to make a "super" G5 out of them all, but most likely I'll just let them go minus any video cards that are worth a crap.
 
We currently have several "mineable" cards still in some newer Macs in production, so I can't take any of those until we end-of-life them. 

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March 15, 2012, 09:21:31 PM
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afaik you have to flash them to make them even work on linux/windows properly :/

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March 15, 2012, 11:29:38 PM
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Anyone currently use any of the Mac Pro G5's (stock) video cards for mining?  Were any of them worth a crap (to mine at like 20+MH/s)?
 
Our company will be ditching about 15 of them, and I've been given permission to cannibalize parts if I want.  And whatever I don't take will be going to a recycling company.  So of course I'll be looking through the video cards to see what the stock cards are/were, and if we've upgraded any of them to something beefier.   I really don't want any of the other stuff out of the G5s, although I am tempted to cannibalize parts to make a "super" G5 out of them all, but most likely I'll just let them go minus any video cards that are worth a crap.
 
We currently have several "mineable" cards still in some newer Macs in production, so I can't take any of those until we end-of-life them. 

The G5 is one of the best looking computers inside and out.  It is also one of the most power hungry computers as well, and that is without mining.  You will be burning up a lot of power and making very little MH.  Go for a  single $100 5830 or better and you will get much more MH with much less power. 

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March 16, 2012, 12:17:37 AM
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The G5 is one of the best looking computers inside and out.  It is also one of the most power hungry computers as well, and that is without mining.  You will be burning up a lot of power and making very little MH.  Go for a  single $100 5830 or better and you will get much more MH with much less power. 

Oh I just wanted to pull the cards and use them in other machines... I won't be using the G5s for the mining

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March 16, 2012, 01:06:42 AM
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The G5 is one of the best looking computers inside and out.  It is also one of the most power hungry computers as well, and that is without mining.  You will be burning up a lot of power and making very little MH.  Go for a  single $100 5830 or better and you will get much more MH with much less power. 

Oh I just wanted to pull the cards and use them in other machines... I won't be using the G5s for the mining

Not a hope in hell any of them cards support the OpenCL needed to mine with the first Intel MacPro had an 1900XT from ATI as an option and that does not support the mining so even older cards..
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March 16, 2012, 01:51:28 AM
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Not a hope in hell any of them cards support the OpenCL needed to mine with the first Intel MacPro had an 1900XT from ATI as an option and that does not support the mining so even older cards..

Ok thanks for the info.  I'll have to wait until we EOL some of the Intel Mac Pros and start looking at their cards. Smiley

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March 16, 2012, 02:37:01 AM
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Just accept them anyways, there's nothing like free hardware!

If you don't find a use for them, sell them on bitmit for BTC, or eGay for USD Smiley
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March 16, 2012, 03:02:55 AM
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Not a hope in hell any of them cards support the OpenCL needed to mine with the first Intel MacPro had an 1900XT from ATI as an option and that does not support the mining so even older cards..

Ok thanks for the info.  I'll have to wait until we EOL some of the Intel Mac Pros and start looking at their cards. Smiley

Probably be a while to get anything worthwhile out of them the first generation had the already mentioned 1900xt and 7300gt from nvidia. Then the HD2600 series was available in the 2nd and the third you had you had 8800gt as an option that I have my MP3,1. The fourth I believe you could get hd5870 which is definitely worth it I have one of them in PC gets 450+mh/s or there is the HD6870 as well good for around 300mh/s, these ones are about the only ones worth getting your hands on for mining. Now I think about it more the HD5770 was there too third generation I believe good for about 200-210mh/s all of these numbers are overclocked cards.
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March 16, 2012, 03:12:27 AM
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Not a hope in hell any of them cards support the OpenCL needed to mine with the first Intel MacPro had an 1900XT from ATI as an option and that does not support the mining so even older cards..

Ok thanks for the info.  I'll have to wait until we EOL some of the Intel Mac Pros and start looking at their cards. Smiley

Probably be a while to get anything worthwhile out of them the first generation had the already mentioned 1900xt and 7300gt from nvidia. Then the HD2600 series was available in the 2nd and the third you had you had 8800gt as an option that I have my MP3,1. The fourth I believe you could get hd5870 which is definitely worth it I have one of them in PC gets 450+mh/s or there is the HD6870 as well good for around 300mh/s, these ones are about the only ones worth getting your hands on for mining. Now I think about it more the HD5770 was there too third generation I believe good for about 200-210mh/s all of these numbers are overclocked cards.

Yes.  Even now Apple is way behind.  When I purchased an Intel Macpro in 2011 it had a 5770 in it.  You could get an option for a 5870 but that was not standard. 

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