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Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Amethyst, Dec 17, 2011.
22 december 2011 #markthatdate
Look forward for this coming out.
How will this work with Thunderbolt on the new Macpro if there is one? Will it be a custom card for Apple with the Thunderbolt ports built onto it? I have a 2010 Macpro and would definitely want to put this in there if it will be possible or Apple makes a upgrade kit.
jchall30 - a lot will depend on the power requirements for the card.
I guess what I'm asking is since the current Macpros aren't compatible with Thunderbolt would this card still work if it had TB ports on it? I know this is a question that remains to be answered. Just curious.
Could u use one in a 2010 model?
I hope they release a Mac version on time for the first time. And if they do release this, it would look like I have to upgrade to Lion.
I think Lion is the first OSX release I've had zero interest in...
x3. Makes sense on a 2010+ Macbook but makes little sense on a desktop. It cripples my 2008 Macbook even with an SSD. Just doesn't feel smooth anymore. When testing is done or I upgrade laptops, the 2008 will end up with 10.6 as it runs awesome.
Personally I like lion. I don't use the spaces feature much because of my dual screens but I like the subtle changes they made from SL. Also if I can get support for the 7000 series will be great.
Me too. A shame, really.
That's about as likely to happen as Apple spinning off the professional product divisions rather than leaving them to languish and fizzle out. We're still waiting for the Radeon HD 6000 series to make it to the Mac Pro.
I'd be more hopeful that AMD will just spec the cards to use a universal ROM.
Eventually, this will happen as more vendors/board makers shift over to EFI/EBC based firmware. It's already started, but it's going to take some time.
I want to wait for Kepler but I want a new video card in January...
I doubt you'll get the 6000 series in the mac pro. Looks like they'll skip it and go straight to the 7000.
Jordan, there are already 69xx drivers in 10.7.2, with early (names) support for 79xx in 10.7.3
I think 79xx will be high end then 69xx low end.
7970 = 3GB of RAM... DROOL!
7990 = 6GB
Thunderbolt doesn't require extra power (at least nothing notable). It's the bandwidth and design that's an issue.
Apple used to ship graphics cards that could self power CRTs. Thunderbolt's power requirements are way way way less.
Keep in mind those AGP cards were not standard. They had a special power connector.
Of course. But my point is finding another 10w a port is no issue compared to finding a place for the Thunderbolt controller physically along with where to get the extra 4x of PCI lanes per port.
There are 6000 series drivers in the current build of Lion.. But not for the 6900 series (desktop).
Which brings us to this... http://netkas.org/?p=1030
And indeed.. Those new cards look pretty nice!!!
I'm sure there will be some kind of trickery to get TB working on these new cards. Or Apple will just continue making the 27" ACD, then have a TB port on the mobo. ATI cards come with MDP standard now
Jordan, 69xx will work with a patch off Netkas' site with QE/CI, just no FSAA .
Of course. But I'm talking official support
We shall see soon enough.
Exciting though... The next refresh could be very interesting.