New Mac Pro with SLI support?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by jchahn, Jan 22, 2007.

  1. jchahn macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2007
    I am a junior in college with a major in computer science, so I often frequent the big name websites to see what kind of jobs they are offering, what kind of experience they require, etc. This is a legitimate job posting that I found on :


    - Apply your skills to develop the best OpenGL implementation in the industry
    - Develop of new OpenGL software features under the OSX operating system. Examples: GLSL, SLI, etc.
    - Maintenance and bug fixes for NVIDIAs OSX OpenGL driver
    - Support / bring-up of OSX OpenGL drivers on new NVIDIA GPUs / Architectures

    - BSEE/CS.
    - Experience with 3D graphics, OpenGL, API, OSX and/or Windows operating systems.
    - Thorough knowledge of C/C++ required.
    - Kernel driver experience is highly desirable
    - Team player


    I was under the impression that apple made the nvidia drivers in house. This seems to contradict that because nvidia is wanting to hire someone to make new mac drivers. Also, under the "Responsibilities" section it says they want the candidate to add new features to the mac driver such as SLI. Why would nvidia want to make a mac driver that has SLI support? Maybe a new mac pro is on the horizon?? Interesting.
  2. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Well I don't really think it's contradictory if Apple have been developing in house and Nvidia now want to have someone on staff to do OSX work for their own reasons.

    A new mac pro certainly is on the horizon and the new intel server/workstation chipset will have multiple full PCI-E x16 slots making SLI very useful and likely indeed.
  3. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    Well drivers that support don't require a new mac pro. The current mac pro would be fine for this...I thought...just need the drivers.
  4. jchahn thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2007
    That's right. However, it wouldn't be full blown 16x on each slot. They would need a new mb like what they offer for PCs now that has multiple 16x slots. You could get SLI now, but it would only be 8x per card.
  5. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2003
    8x per card would be fine for say the 7300...yeah it would slow down the faster cards though...I am looking forward to SLI support though.
  6. beerad72 macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2006
    Okay I can tell you from personal experience that when comparing benchmarks of two cards in my case 2 x 7800gt's in sli @ 2 x8x and 2x 16x there is hardly any difference. Bottom line is cards barely use the bandwidth of 8x. However in the future as cards bandwidth requirements get more demanding we may use 16x to it's fullest but not yet. ;)
  7. jchahn thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2007
    What would make my day is an announcement from apple that nvidia and ati were both going to create mac version of their universal drivers and that apple was going to modify OSX to support BIOS roms as well as EFI roms so that way we could use whatever video card we want instead of being limited to Apple's limited (and overpriced) selection.
  8. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    yes, that would be outstanding. It's hard to see it happening, though, given that apple's restrictive video card implimentation has been that way for years. Of course, stranger things have happened (using Intel, for example). :apple: :cool:
  9. jchahn thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2007
    This is probably just wishful thinking, but I'm hoping that boot camp and parallels (if the parallels team ever gets 3d acceleration implemented, their working on it btw) will become hugely popular and apple will see that there is a huge market for playing windows games on a mac. Hopefully they will realize that people are going through the trouble of swapping cards back and forth just to play their favorite games at the fps they want when they boot into windows, and they will just make it seamless and easy like it should be. I mean, apple gives us the ability to use whatever video card we want in windows with boot camp. The logical next step is to allow us to leave the card in and use it when we go back to OSX.
  10. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    The percentage of people that buy a Mac Pro for gaming is minuscule at best. This is a workstation class computer and meant for business.

    The Radeon X1900XT should be more than enough for the majority of people, even though it may not be the best.

    It's more than enough for the only game I play (Dark Age of Camelot) and it will run World of Warcraft like butter. Of course, if you have to be bleeding edge just for the sake of it, so be it.
  11. cynerjist macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2006
  12. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    Maybe this is another step closer to parity with the PC industry when it comes to video card options available to the Mac owner.

    SLI is overrated IMHO, 9 times out of 10 you are better off going with a single card. But getting SLI on the Mac would be a good thing, don't get me wrong!
  13. Grenadier macrumors regular

    Nov 12, 2006
    I kind of agree-
    SLI would be a nice feature.

    However...I personally think that its better to buy a very powerful card for...say, £400, than 2 mid-powered cards for £420 and get the same performance. Just my honest opinion.

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