9 Replies Latest reply: May 5, 2012 11:14 AM by fils.giovannini RSS

    ATI Radeon HD5770 in a Mac Pro?

    MatthewMusic Community Member

      A couple of months ago I upgraded  my Mac Pro (early 2008) with a new graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD5770  (Apple version). It's been working fine on my MP with FCS3 and my system  in general.

       

      A week or two ago I purchased the Master  Collection CS5.5 and I'm starting to work with Premiere Pro. Searching  the Adobe site I just found that my nearly new (made-for-Mac) ATI card  is not supported by Premiere Pro. What does that mean when I use PrP,  After Effects, or any of the other Adobe products?

       

      There are only two Adobe approved video cards sold by Apple. Both are over $1000.

       

      What  kinds of catastrophes should I expect if I continue to use my OpenCL  ATI Radeon HD 5770 card with PrP, AE, or any of the other MC programs?

       

      Thank you in advance for your help.

        • 1. Re: ATI Radeon HD5770 in a Mac Pro?
          Colin Brougham Community Member
          my nearly new (made-for-Mac) ATI card  is not supported by Premiere Pro.

           

          That's not true. It will work fine.

           

          What does that mean when I use PrP,  After Effects, or any of the other Adobe products?

           

          Doesn't mean anything. Well, it means that...

           

          There are only two Adobe approved video cards sold by Apple. Both are over $1000.

           

          ... those two cards provide supported for hardware Mercury Playback Engine acceleration. The Quadro 4000 should be around $750USD.

           

          What  kinds of catastrophes should I expect if I continue to use my OpenCL  ATI Radeon HD 5770 card with PrP, AE, or any of the other MC programs?

           

          None. You won't get hardware acceleration, but the card itself will be fine. If you're using CS5, you'll want to have the 5.0.4 update installed, which resolves some stability issues with Radeon cards on the Mac. If you're using CS5.5, you're good to go.

          • 2. Re: ATI Radeon HD5770 in a Mac Pro?
            Petegu

            I've got a 2007 Mac Pro (1.1) and the same card and it works fine with 5.5,

            • 3. Re: ATI Radeon HD5770 in a Mac Pro?
              MatthewMusic Community Member

              OK. That's a relief. I was just concerned that it would shoot me in the foot. I can deal with no acceleration with my MP, at least for now. If I'm going to spend the money for a new machine that might be the time to get a considerably more expensive upgrade for the GPU.

               

              Thank you.

              • 4. Re: ATI Radeon HD5770 in a Mac Pro?
                vovkinson Community Member

                CS5.5 is so-so with HD5770 ,  CS5.0  will not work.  I have the same video card and  CS5.0 crashes all the time.

                • 5. Re: ATI Radeon HD5770 in a Mac Pro?
                  John T Smith MVP

                  >CS5.0  will not work

                   

                  Which is why the Mac version is now up to 5.0.4 (PC version is at 5.0.3)

                  • 6. Re: ATI Radeon HD5770 in a Mac Pro?
                    John T Smith MVP

                    Go to the PPro FAQ List

                    http://forums.adobe.com/community/premiere/faq_list and read the article that explains CUDA and hardware MPE
                    • 7. Re: ATI Radeon HD5770 in a Mac Pro?
                      MatthewMusic Community Member

                      Thank you to all. From that video I understand how all of my CPU cores will be used. And that the ATI Radeon's GPU will not because it's not one that PP and AE are designed to use.

                       

                      Regardless, I'm able to run PP and AE. For now that's OK (If I decide to purchase FCP X it will take advantage of the ATI Radeon.) Should I ever need the speed that an NVIDIA card can provide while using these Adobe products I can purchase one.

                       

                      Again, thank you.

                      • 8. Re: ATI Radeon HD5770 in a Mac Pro?
                        podulation

                        Hi MatthewMusic - came across your post about the ATI 5770 on a MacPro w/ PP. Do you still have stability?

                        I have a MP set up w/ the ATI 5770 and cannot use PP w/o it crashing every single time when i quit the app (regardless of how complex the project is).

                         

                        I've tried PP versions 5.0-5.5.2 with the same results and becoming very disenchanted w/ PP. I really want to use this software, but just cannot seem to get it to work - and I like to think i'm pretty tech savvy...

                         

                        my specs are:

                        Model Name:          Mac Pro

                          Model Identifier:          MacPro5,1

                          Processor Name:          6-Core Intel Xeon

                          Processor Speed:          2.66 GHz

                          Number of Processors:          2

                          Total Number of Cores:          12

                          L2 Cache (per Core):          256 KB

                          L3 Cache (per Processor):          12 MB

                          Memory:          64 GB


                        ATI Radeon HD 5770:

                          Chipset Model:          ATI Radeon HD 5770

                          Type:          GPU

                          VRAM (Total):          1024 MB

                        • 9. Re: ATI Radeon HD5770 in a Mac Pro?
                          fils.giovannini

                          Hi all,

                          I'd like to know as well if everything works fine with the ATI 5770. I already own an NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT and an NVIDIA QUADRO 4000. The two work great with Premiere and After Effects, but since I saw the reccomended specs for DaVinci Resolve (which I'd like to buy) are ATI 5770 as GUI and NVIDIA QUADRO 4000 as GPU, I was thinking of buying the ATI, replace the GeForce and run both DaVinci Resolve and the Adobe Suite with the same configuration.

                           

                          Do you think it will work?

                           

                          Thank you.