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Old Apr 3, 2013, 02:25 PM   #1
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EVGA Announces GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition Graphics Card for Mac Pro




Just two weeks after Sapphire introduced the Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition graphics card for the Mac Pro, EVGA today announced the launch of its GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition. Based on the popular year-old card for PCs, the new GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition carries 2 GB of GDDR5 memory and adds another high-end graphics option for current Mac Pro users.
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The EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition graphics card provides many new and key features:

1. NVIDIA GPU Boost Technology - Dynamically maximises clock speeds to push performance to new levels and bring out the best in every game.
2. Support for four concurrent displays; two dual-link DVI connectors, HDMI and DisplayPort 1.1
3. NVIDIA SMX Engine - Brand new processing engine which delivers twice the performance/watt compared to previous generations.
4. NVIDIA CUDA Technology - Unlocks the power of the GPU's processor cores to accelerate the most demanding tasks such as video transcoding, physics simulation, ray tracing and more.
5. OpenGL 3.2 (4.3 in Windows) Support - Support for the most widely-used open graphics standard in the world.
6. OpenCL Support - Supports the latest standards in GPGPU computing.
7. Boot Camp Support - Full support for Microsoft Windows operating system in Apple Boot Camp.
EVGA did not announce pricing or a launch date in its press release, but Newegg.com is currently listing a $599.99 price tag and a launch date of April 8. The is compatible with Early 2008 Mac Pro (MacPro3,1) and newer models with PCI Express 2.0, and requires OS X 10.8.3.

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Old Apr 3, 2013, 02:30 PM   #2
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That looks an awful lot like the EVGA GTX680 SC card I have in my MP3,1. If this "Mac Edition" has boot support, I wonder if you could copy the Bios across onto PC versions?
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 02:31 PM   #3
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another money grab attempt by a third party hardware manufacturer
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 02:33 PM   #4
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Nice timing

With a new Mac Pro on the way, this seems to be nifty timing for a release.
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 02:34 PM   #5
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That looks an awful lot like the EVGA GTX680 SC card I have in my MP3,1. If this "Mac Edition" has boot support, I wonder if you could copy the Bios across onto PC versions?
It supports bootcamp if you have 10.8.3
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 02:37 PM   #6
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It supports bootcamp if you have 10.8.3
I know, I am using it right now, but have no boot menu support. Not that it matters much though...
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The is also compatible with a noun.
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All this hype, only for Apple to release the new Mac Pro with a soldered graphics card
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 02:53 PM   #9
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Are those card really PCIe v2, or are they just saying that because current MacPro offer only PCIe v2?

It would be ridiculous for Apple to release a new MacPro with PCIe v3 and have these cards under perform compared to their normal form (PCIe v3 cards).

Also a lot of these cards have standard support since 10.8.3, allowing Hackintosh builders easy installation, what problems are they trying to solve with these cards beside non standard power cables?
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 03:02 PM   #10
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Good news, in any case.
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 03:20 PM   #11
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With a new Mac Pro on the way, this seems to be nifty timing for a release.
The next mac pro will use 10.9 and this card might not the optimal for that.
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 03:48 PM   #12
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This one is said to be compatible with the MacPro 3.1..!!

And I'm expecting my 7950 any day... aarrgghhh
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 03:58 PM   #13
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Are those card really PCIe v2, or are they just saying that because current MacPro offer only PCIe v2?

It would be ridiculous for Apple to release a new MacPro with PCIe v3 and have these cards under perform compared to their normal form (PCIe v3 cards).

Also a lot of these cards have standard support since 10.8.3, allowing Hackintosh builders easy installation, what problems are they trying to solve with these cards beside non standard power cables?

I just assume the card is actually PCI-E 3.0, but it's also compatible with PCI-E 2.0 Macs.

Yea, I built a Hackintosh, and using an ASUS GTX680. Zero issue.
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 03:59 PM   #14
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4 monitor support and still no thunderbolt. I'm sure some people would like to eventually use TB displays with their mac pros.
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Great News! At least there is still renewed interest in Mac Pros and hope this trend continues. Though a bit pricey at $600 for a 2g card, still something to look forward to and smile.
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another money grab attempt by a third party hardware manufacturer
Yes, how dare companies try to give us goods and services in exchange for money

Seriously though, it's interesting to me that 2 companies released Mac Pro cards in such close proximity. Could this be a sign we're getting an actual new Mac Pro soon?
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Great News! At least there is still renewed interest in Mac Pros and hope this trend continues. Though a bit pricey at $600 for a 2g card, still something to look forward to and smile.
Hmm.. why is it only 2 GB...?
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Hmm.. why is it only 2 GB...?
The 4GB uses a 6-pin and an 8-pin power supply, _officially_ drawing more power than the two 6-pins in the MacPro...
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 04:27 PM   #19
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The price is a bit steep for a GTX 680.
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 05:00 PM   #20
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I would to see an official support driver for this card to maximize the performance.
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Old Apr 3, 2013, 05:09 PM   #21
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another money grab attempt by a third party hardware manufacturer
I think that's called "Capitalism". I'm just glad we're finally getting some choices for Video Cards.
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I wonder if this card will work in PCI-E 2 speeds as opposed to what we're all currently stuck with in bootcamp (PCI-E 1 speeds).
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Hmm.. why is it only 2 GB...?
I don't know either. Was hoping it would be 3g at that price. Maybe the manufacturers are considering the power supply usage.
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I don't know either. Was hoping it would be 3g at that price. Maybe the manufacturers are considering the power supply usage.
It's the same on the Windows side for the 680.

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Okay, it seems there's both 2 GB and 4 GB versions of the 680 card for PC.

"5. OpenGL 3.2 (4.3 in Windows) Support - Support for the most widely-used open graphics standard in the world."

This is quite sad. OS X 10.9 maybe?

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...This is quite sad. OS X 10.9 maybe?
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