I have a 2012 Mac Pro 5,1, running El Capitan. I wish to make it a dual-boot system, El Capitan and Mojave. I understand that I must install High Sierra preliminary to Mojave, and must install a "metal"-capable graphics card (I've purchased, but not yet installed, a Sapphire PULSE Radeon RX 580).
I have my El Capitan system on a 240GB SSD; user directories are on a separate HDD. I've created a 2nd partition on the SSD and done a clean install of High Sierra there. The installer made it an APFS volume, so when I am booted into El Capitan, I cannot select High Sierra as my Startup Disk (El Capitan cannot "see" the APFS volume in System Prefs). I can select High Sierra using the Startup Manager (⌥ Option during startup). But my understanding is that once I install the new GPU (prior to upgrading to Mojave) that the Startup Manager will not work (no boot screen) Thus, once I boot into El Capitan, there is no way to then boot into High Sierra.
Is it possible to resolve this? I've read that it's possible to install High Sierra on an HFS+ partition, but not Mojave. Perhaps I can live with High Sierra and Mojave as my two boot options instead, if I can get my older apps to work on High Sierra? But even then, without a boot screen, it's impossible to get to recovery disks etc (what happens if the boot drive fails?). Is the only option to obtain a GPU that supports the boot screen? Apparently macvidcards.com sell such cards and could modify mine, but they appear very sketchy, from searches I've done.
EDIT: This post may partially be a wild-goose chase - my apologies. I've determined I can probably run all my apps under High Sierra (and possibly under Mojave) - I was mistaken/confused originally - so it's looking like I may not need to boot ElCap anymore. But there may be other users who do need to, so I still think it's a discussion worth having. However, the boot-screen issue remains - in particular being able to boot from recovery partitions or external media.