Sapphire Launches Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition Graphics Card for Mac Pro

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    After previewing its Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition graphics card at CeBIT earlier this month, Sapphire Technology today officially announced the launch of the new card.

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    The new Mac Edition card contains a switchable BIOS that allows it to be used in either a Mac or a PC, and offers an HDMI port with 3D support, two Mini DisplayPort connectors, and a dual-link DVI port.

    Newegg.com is offering the Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition for $479.99 and has posted a video overview of the new card.

    Article Link: Sapphire Launches Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition Graphics Card for Mac Pro
     
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    Ohhh, shinny...

    Now this makes the Mac Pro, "Pro" again.
     
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    keysofanxiety

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    Mac Pro will be released during WWDC 2013 (June 10th). Can't wait. :D
     
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    Nice card. Too bad Apple doesn't support OpenGL 4.2
     
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    Any news if this will work in our ancient 1,1s with 32bit EFI?
     
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    Just out of curiosity, is there any practical way to have this work with any Mac other than a Mac Pro? (Currently all my apps in development don't call for much graphics-wise, but it seems feasible that someday within the next 3 years I might want to make something more.)
     
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    Theoretically it should work. Software wise... dunno.

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    Yes and no. Yes because you would need a external PCIe slot with a direct connection to the Mac's motherboard. No, because in terms of space and connectivity, only the Mac Pro can.
     
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    Long screws on the back so it will fit only in slot 2.
     
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    Am I the only person that noticed that the Saphire badge is upside down is this is installed in a Mac Pro? Seems that the cooler shroud is simply a PC version in a different colour!
     
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    That would be great for Hackintosh
     
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    What do u mean? If not Macpro, what Mac line would this fit in? If u have PC, Pc version is cheaper ny $100

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    Just out of curiosity, how does this compare to the card included in the mac pro?
     
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    Hackintosh community has had 7950/7970 up and running since last weeks 10.8.3 update.
     
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    4 year old card vs year old card
     
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    Yikes!

    This is awfully expensive for a 7950, 3GB memory notwithstanding.
     
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    Yeah, the "Sapphire" name on the shroud being upside down is a pretty stupid decision in my opinion.

    Normally I wouldn't care, because I'm usually the guy that removes the stock cooling shrouds with anything more efficient. But I've been wanting a slick, slim, powerful and cool-running GPU for a long time now.

    If this runs quiet and cool, under load, I may just buy it.
     
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    Yey, time for AMD to charge Mac users an $180 penalty tax for no particular reason (the drivers are already built-into OS 10.8.3).

    Makes me glad that I switched to a Hackintosh!
     
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    It's cheaper on amazon incase anyone was curious. 450 with free shipping. They just don't currently have it in stock.
     
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    .... aaaand Apple doesn't charge a tax? :confused:
     
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    Almost 60% premium for some white paint and a custom ROM? :(
     
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    it's in my cart. just have to press buy :)

    Getting a dog and a new graphics card while my wife is out of state.
    Kids, this is what living on the edge is like when you get old.
     
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    I can't be the only person who thinks these giant, power hungry, heat producing beasts are going the way of the dinosaur.

    We need a graphics processing revolution similar to the ARM revolution.
     
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    Too bad everyone uses Nvidia these days...

    It'll make a nice paperweight though.
     
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    EFI Boot screen?
     
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    Might want to read this then :

    http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/19/nvidia-roadmap-volta-gpu/
     

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