Installing EVGA's GeForce GTX 285 Mac Edition

EVGA’s GTX 285 will only work on 2008 - 2009 model Mac Pros, the original 2006 model is not supported. Bummer.

The first step to install the card is actually to install the drivers. If you fail to do so, you’ll be greeted with a kernel panic once you get the card installed and fire up the machine. The drivers are available both from NVIDIA’s website and on the driver disc EVGA ships with the card.

After the drivers are installed, turn off your Mac Pro and remove the side panel. There are two thumb screws (that need to be unscrewed with a screwdriver) that hold a bracket in place, which in turn holds your expansion cards in place. Remove them and it.

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There’s a metal bar that holds all of the PCIe cards in place, you’ll need to pull that back while you pull your existing video card out. You’ll need to pull it back while installing the new card as well.

Pull this bar back while you remove your old card and again when you install the new one

The Mac Pro is highly compartmentalized; to the far left of the PCIe slots there are two small connectors that look like PCIe power connectors. You’ll need to connect both cables that came with the card to these connectors. They only go in one way. The other end of the cables goes into the GTX 285.



Before installing the card you’ll need to remove one additional bracket cover (assuming the previous resident was a single-slot card). Slide in the EVGA, replace the retention bracket, close the case and hit the power button.

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  • robco - Saturday, July 18, 2009 - link

    We ordered a set directly from ATI - they sell them as spare parts for $13 each.">
  • Etern205 - Friday, July 17, 2009 - link

    I wonder how many Mac idiots are now going to boast how cool their are to own a Mac with a GTX 285.

  • KeithP - Saturday, July 18, 2009 - link

    Don't worry, as far as idiocy goes I am sure you will still reign supreme.

  • JordanNOLA - Saturday, July 18, 2009 - link

    LOL Reply
  • fmaste - Friday, July 17, 2009 - link

    Why not using both the GTX285 and the GT 120 that comes standard to have more video memory. Is it possible? Has enough power connectors to have two GPUs? Reply
  • Etern205 - Friday, July 17, 2009 - link

    Putting these in SLI will not share the ram across both cards, they're still independent. Also it's a waste to put a lowend along with a highend. Oh crap, I should not have said that as Apple would probably market how good it is to run SLI in this kind of setup and for them to enable SLI at a cost of just $199. Reply
  • DigitalFreak - Friday, July 17, 2009 - link

    "OMG, OMG! I don't know what this card is. What do I do? What do I do!" Reply
  • fibbeh - Friday, July 17, 2009 - link

    Lol, I was thinking the same thing. Reply

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