Intel Mac Graphics Cards?

Discussion in 'Games' started by Maclarny, Feb 11, 2007.

  1. Maclarny macrumors 6502

    Maclarny

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    Now that Apple has switched to Intel chips, what things are still holding Apple users back from buying any old PC graphics card and popping it into their mac pro?
     
  2. adrianblaine macrumors 65816

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    The drivers for those graphic cards aren't always available for OS X
     
  3. Maclarny thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is that really it? I thought of that but that seems like one meager sticking point for Nvidia and AMD/ATI.
     
  4. adrianblaine macrumors 65816

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    It is one of the ways Apple does quality control, by only having drivers for certain cards they can limit problems associated with hardware incompatibilities. They can in essence upgrade OS X knowing exactly what hardware it is being run on. If you want to use a card that OS X doesn't support, you have to get the drivers by some other means.
     
  5. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    Three words: EFI.

    Once MS gets its head out of its ass and dumps BIOS there will be more options.
     
  6. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

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    Far as I remember, although it might not be recognised under OSX, if there's a Windows driver for it, it'll be happy in Windows under Bootcamp (I have a feeling people have been putting 7950GX2s and stuff in
     

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