Yup that would be possible I guess as it has a device id of 061E I seem to recall. It is based around 8800 GT. I thought Nvidia might have brought out a card based around the 9800 physical format, but it seems they have not. If I was going to attempt that, I would probably use a 8800 GT 1024 MB version for conversion.
9800 GTX will run on any PC motherboard with a 16x slot, as the rom on the card is backwards compatible. The 8800 GT/Mac Pro problem is more related to the EFI part of the rom than the PC part. PC's don't use EFI, so do not suffer the same problems. It would have been easy for Apple to have designed OSX to incorporate the EFI info instead of the graphics cards rom containing the info, but that would have made it easier to use other cards than the ones Apple intended and they like to have complete control over the hardware.
And last and important, does it matter which type of GTX card i use,
does it have to be BFG only, or can it be Asus, Xfx, evga etc. will the quadro fx 5600 rom on this site work on any 8800 GTX 768 mb card, regardless of vendor.
Is there any performance improvement/difference from a gtx compared to a gtx converted into a quadro fx.
Taking into consideration the difference in memory 768 of the gtx vs. 1.5gb of the fx 5600, is much more difference in performance or capabilities example direct x, opengel etc.
in Other words does it become a real quadro, but just with less memory, or is it merley just getting the computer to see it as a quadro but it remains and runs as a GTX. Will programs see it as a quadro and take advantage of it as a Quadro vs just a GTX in "quadro clothing" .
Well there is no substitute for a real Quadro, however, in a mac there is some improvement in flashing a 8800 GTX. You can flash any 8800 GTX, but it is best to send me the rom from your card rather than use the BFG one from the downloads page.
I think the cards I tried were 340 mb & 640 mb cards with 96 stream processors. If you are looking for big improvements in windows get a real Quadro.
Hi aqua-mac, thanks for getting back to me of fast. I don't actually have a 8800 gtx, i am doing a new build, based on dell 7400 (i5400). I was hoping to get the most out of it and one os the ways i thought would be to go quadro with one or two 8800 gtx getting a pretty good deal on a pair of gtx).
I have read that the imporvment from going gtx-->quadro is not significant in either OSX or windows, i dont really play much games, but i will be doing photoshop, video and audio stuff. will i lose more than i would gain for going quadro, quadro is optimized for open gl, but most porgrams (mainly games though?) are direct x. so in the long run, it might not be proportionate in respect to losing more on direct x capabilities which would effect more programs, than gaining a bit more open gl capabilities, which you affect select few programs.
im not really interested in benchmarks and fps etc.
okay, so i was looking on the web, i noticed that the8800 GTX and 8800 Ultra are the same cards, just with different clock speed. Do you reckon there is any benefit to getting an ultra over a GTX for this mod. I think it shouldn't make a difference as, bios of the fx 5600 will have its on clock settings etc. But if i ever reverted back to original bios, then i would have an ultra over gtx in windows....hmmmm
I am trying to see about getting a 4600 running on my hackintosh... At first the unit was being shown as a 256mb unit, then after applying the kext linked in this thread, it's now showing up as a 768mb like it should. However, QE and CI are not working...
Update: just realized I didn't give any info...
Mobo: Intel DQ965GF CPU: Q6600 Ram 2x2gig Video QuadroFX 4600 OS: New install of itakos 4.1i
Found some 10.5.4 kext files linked in another thread, going to give them a shot I guess... course, I want to upgrade to 10.5.5 here shortly, so I'm not sure how that'll end up in working... Any EFI strings for a quadro 4600 768mb?
UPDATE #2 I saw another thread about the 4600 and it recommended the EFIStudio... and the person mentioned that it was the g80 card...
So, it seems that I am able to run this via the EFI string that was the 8800GTX G80 768mb one.
My question now is, do I lose performance of the Quadro now or does it still use this thing to it's fullest abilities? Or is there some other EFI string I should have done?
I have added your card to the downloads section (Quadro FX 4600), to make it show up correctly! You should be able to get CI & QE working fine with that card. You need a minimum of 10.5.2 or above with the Apple Graphics update for 10.5.2. 10.5.5 is recommended with my 10.5.5 driver update.
January 2011. Hello, was wondering if this rom still exists to make an 8800GTX flash to a Quadro 5600? Tried downloading the rom from this site and it is only a 4k zip file that does not open correctly. Thanks