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Old Mar 5, 2013, 09:44 AM   #1
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Sapphire Previews Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition Graphics Card for Mac Pro




As noted by Accelerate Your Mac and tonymacx86, German site PCGamesHardware.de reports [Google translation] that Hong Kong-based company Sapphire Technology is previewing its new Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition graphics card at CeBIT this week. The high-end card arrives following Apple's introduction of Radeon HD 7000-series drivers in OS X 10.8.3 betas last November, although the update has yet to be released to the public.
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At Cebit we saw the Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition for the first time live. The upper-class graphics card based on the original HD 7950, which uses dark brown board waived a boost function and is clocked at 800 MHz (GPU). The 3 GiByte GDDR5 memory, as well as its clock of 2,500 MHz, unchanged.
Sapphire is reportedly planning to price the Radeon 7950 Mac Edition at $450.

Mac Pro news and rumors are beginning to pick up steam following Apple's promise last June that "new designs" of the workstation would be arriving in 2013. Last month, Apple ceased European sales of the current Mac Pro due to its non-compliance with new safety regulations, increasing the urgency of an update, while just yesterday a report surfaced about Apple-branded 2 TB solid-state drives for the Mac Pro.

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Old Mar 5, 2013, 09:46 AM   #2
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Just need the new mac pro to go with it! Get it sorted Apple!!!!
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Old Mar 5, 2013, 09:48 AM   #3
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Old Mar 5, 2013, 09:54 AM   #4
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TWO Mac Pro based news items in under 24 hours?!?!
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Old Mar 5, 2013, 09:56 AM   #5
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This new mac pro is going to cost silly money, the top spec now is already 15k+
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Old Mar 5, 2013, 10:00 AM   #6
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Yep. And it will be marketed as the biggest and best computer and made in America.

It will sell.
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It won't fit in the current Mac Pro's in slot 1 ! Look at these large screws on the back.
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I want one! Bet it wont be compatible with a 2009 mac pro tho
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Old Mar 5, 2013, 10:23 AM   #9
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I was just about to buy a GTX 670 for my 2008 Mac Pro, is there any reason besides the EFI Boot screen that makes it's worth holding out for one of these? or should I just go for it.
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Stop dreaming about the Mac Pro, folks.

This fantastic new product just needs a long-enough external Thunderbolt enclosure with 400W external power supply. It would be the most expensive and awkward MacBook Air accessory. I'm salivating.
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Question is what ports... thunderbolt confirmed?
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TWO Mac Pro based news items in under 24 hours?!?!
Not just that, but they're GOOD Mac Pro based news items!

In contrast to the third most recent Mac Pro news item from MacRumors:
February 18th: Mac Pro Now Unavailable for Purchase from European Apple Online Stores
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Old Mar 5, 2013, 10:49 AM   #13
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Again, Apple DID NOT promise "new designs" of the Mac Pro in 2013.
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It won't fit in the current Mac Pro's in slot 1 ! Look at these large screws on the back.
What are you talking about? It's the same as the current HD 5870
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... dark brown board waived a boost function ...
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(In the quote in the news item)
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Great, $450 for a Mac version, but the PC version lists at $320. Uh, thanks, Sapphire?
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... dark brown board waived a boost function ...

(In the quote in the news item)
No idea. The quote is from google translate, so it could mean anything...
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Great, $450 for a Mac version, but the PC version lists at $320. Uh, thanks, Sapphire?
Cost of licensing with Apple. Do not blame Sapphire for Apple's high cost of Business.
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Old Mar 5, 2013, 11:59 AM   #22
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TWO Mac Pro based news items in under 24 hours?!?!
PRAISE THE LORD AND HIS WONDERFUL WAYS.

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It won't fit in the current Mac Pro's in slot 1 ! Look at these large screws on the back.
Seriously?

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I want one! Bet it wont be compatible with a 2009 mac pro tho
I'm pretty sure it is. As long as you have OSX 10.8

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Question is what ports... thunderbolt confirmed?
No. No graphics cards have thunderbolt. IMO it should be kitted out with Mini Displayport, which can be adapted to anything.

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Again, Apple DID NOT promise "new designs" of the Mac Pro in 2013.
Tim Cook himself said there was a Mac Pro redesign imminent for this year.

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Great, $450 for a Mac version, but the PC version lists at $320. Uh, thanks, Sapphire?
Ripping off the Mac users. You can just stick the PC version in a MP anyway -.-

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For the people wondering THE PORTS:


1x Dual Link DVI; 1x HDMI; 2x Mini Displayport
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Tim Cook himself said there was a Mac Pro redesign imminent for this year.

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I'm pretty sure if you look at his quote, he simply said that there was something coming for pro users in response to a question about a Mac Pro. I don't think you will find he every used the words "Mac Pro". But I could be wrong...
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I'm pretty sure if you look at his quote, he simply said that there was something coming for pro users in response to a question about a Mac Pro. I don't think you will find he every used the words "Mac Pro". But I could be wrong...
I know he didn't specifically say Mac Pro, but something along the lines of a Mac Pro for Pro end users. Basically the same thing but sure
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We saw the Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition for the first time in person at the CeBit. The high-end graphics card is based on the reference design of the HD7950 and uses the same brown circuit board, foregoes the speed boost and clocks the GPU cores at 800MHz. Both the 3GiByte of GDDR5 and it's clock of 2.500MHz remain unchanged.
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