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Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by hamiltonDSi, Jul 4, 2017.
What Macs support Metal 2 in High Sierra ?
I think they are the same that support first version of Metal, and here is the list for Metal supported Macs.
There are three tiers of GPUs that support Metal. Metal 2 is a continuation of Metal and simply adds features to the existing set of APIs. Some features require a certain family of GPUs. This gets much easier on the Mac however, where, if I remember correctly, there's only a single family. All Macs 2012 and up support this family for sure, and select others may also. This includes all functionality of Metal 2.
At first I thought so too but Metal 2 is heavy and has a lot of new stuff that old GPUs like the GT650m / GT750m (which support Metal 1) can't keep up with.
According to the WWDC sessions however, All features of Metal 2 seem to be supported on all Metal capable devices. I've not yet seen all the presentations, but so far there's none that talk of adding a new family to the Mac GPUs and no documentation to support that either.
What features of Metal 2 do you not think something like the GT 650M should be capable of performing? I will gladly look into the matter more for that particular GPU. I should be able to borrow a laptop with that GPU and run High Sierra on it, and perform some very quick tests (if I can easily understand and implement the APIs of the features you're thinking about )
Thanks so much for your offer.
I have in the house two 15-inchers from 2013 with those GPUs so I can do my own testing if needed.
The key word here is 'if needed', the question was more of a curiosity for me because I don't need to implement any APIs.
Thank you again !
Sure . You're welcome. If you do end up making any discoveries one way or the other, let me know.
Supported by the following Mac models:
MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
Mac Pro (Late 2013)
Obviously Apple over simplify the list as usual. My understanding is that METAL 2 support is about the GPU, but not the Mac model. e.g. My Mac is NOT on the list, and clearly has METAL support.
Well this what I found on apple page and it's about metal 2, not metal in general.
AFAIK, all GPU that support METAL automatically means has METAL 2 support.
Or your OS system info says your GPU is running METAL 2 instead of METAL?