New Mac Pro... Crossfire?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ScottishCaptain, Jun 10, 2013.

  1. ScottishCaptain macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2008
    Just out of curiosity...

    Is the new Mac Pro actually going to support Crossfire?

    Or is it just two separate GPUs? How does one assign a Thunderbolt port to either in that case?

  2. spunkgarLEWII macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2013
    Not likely under OS X. OS X has never supported SLI or Crossfire. Try under Windows. Usually in bootcamp, you can support crossfire.

  3. ScottishCaptain thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 4, 2008
    I'm aware OS X doesn't support it.

    I'm just wondering why they're including dual GPUs. OpenCL is nice and all, but not many things take advantage of it. It's almost as if they included two just to shut up anyone who might try to use that as an excuse to complain about the lack of two PCI-e 16x slots (which you wouldn't use for anything else).

    Do we know if 10.9 supports Crossfire?

  4. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Even if Crossfire itself isn't supported, I am sure that we will see both GPUs used for OpenCL calculations. They would not include two cards just for a giggle.
  5. spunkgarLEWII macrumors regular

    Jun 1, 2013
    No mention was made it does.. I assume like all the other cats, this one does not either.. Apple isn't interested in gaming on the Mac Pro.. Bootcamp into Windows for gaming and even that isn't enough.. a gaming PC or console is where extreme gaming is, not the Mac.. Never was and never will.

  6. Genghis Khan macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

    Jun 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    I bet you 10.9 will include some sort of multiple GPU management
  7. subsonix macrumors 68040

    Feb 2, 2008
    Since the box ships with 2 GPUs in default configuration I'm pretty sure both cards can be used simultaneously.
  8. crjackson2134 macrumors 68040


    Mar 6, 2013
    Charlotte, NC
    It is possible but I doubt it. If they were going to have crossfire abilities, that would be another positive selling point. I think it would have probably been mentioned. OTOH, it could be something they're looking into as a possibility but not ready to commit to just yet. Either way, I don't think it will happen in 10.9, simply because it wasn't even vaguely hinted at.

    MOST Pro users don't game so much (I think), but who knows...

    BTW... You know, the iPad has some REALLY impressive games now. If developers can make such nice fast games for this low powered platform, you'd think they could make OSX games with all the same bells and whistles that Windows gamers have. Damned DirectX...

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