Couldn't Apple tie the 2 GPUs together globally on the nMP?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by richard371, Jan 25, 2014.

  1. richard371 macrumors 68000

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    I know this is done via crossfire in Windows. Couldn't Apple do this in OSX globally so that all apps see the GPU as one and will not have to be individually coded to use both GPUs?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Of course they could, but they chose not too, I'm not sure why however.

    Other then gaming, what other advantages are there for a crossfire type solution?
     
  3. ha1o2surfer macrumors 6502

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    They could of but having 2 separate GPU's is a much smarter move unless you are gaming. Performance can be coded to utilize 2 separate GPU's much more efficiently then having them combined. Think of the Mac Pro's GPU setup like hyperthreading versus one single core. This was my understanding, correct me if I'm wrong though!
     
  4. boast macrumors 65816

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    It was discussed in the anandtech review.

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/7603/mac-pro-review-late-2013/9
     

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