NVIDIA GTX680 drivers & CUDA for 10.9.x with MacPro5,1

bsbeamer

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Has anyone found issues with the "stock" OSX Mavericks 10.9.x NVIDIA drivers and CUDA support with a MacPro5,1 (or even 4,1 and 3,1)? I know some people are reporting success, but were those on clean installs or were they via upgrades?

I'm currently running a GTX 680 for Mac on a 5,1 with OSX 10.8.5 and would like to upgrade to 10.9.x on this machine this week (if possible). Was looking around for the NVIDIA "web drivers" for 10.9.x and cannot find anything, so I assume they haven't been released. Either way, I'll be cloning the boot drive before doing anything, but would like to save any avoidable headaches or will hold off on the OS upgrade (if needed).

NVIDIA support says they are working on both the web drivers and CUDA for Mavericks, but there's no timeline for release at the moment. I'll post here if I hear back on a followup.

For those that don't know, within 10.8.5 I am able to run the NVIDIA driver manager to "switch" between default (OSX) or the NVIDIA web driver (currently 313.01.03f02) and personally I've had slightly better results using the web driver. CUDA is installed in the preference panel and is currently 5.5.28 (GPU driver version 8.17.74).
 

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Has anyone found issues with the "stock" OSX Mavericks 10.9.x NVIDIA drivers and CUDA support with a MacPro5,1 (or even 4,1 and 3,1)? I know some people are reporting success, but were those on clean installs or were they via upgrades?

I'm currently running a GTX 680 for Mac on a 5,1 with OSX 10.8.5 and would like to upgrade to 10.9.x on this machine this week (if possible). Was looking around for the NVIDIA "web drivers" for 10.9.x and cannot find anything, so I assume they haven't been released. Either way, I'll be cloning the boot drive before doing anything, but would like to save any avoidable headaches or will hold off on the OS upgrade (if needed).

NVIDIA support says they are working on both the web drivers and CUDA for Mavericks, but there's no timeline for release at the moment. I'll post here if I hear back on a followup.

For those that don't know, within 10.8.5 I am able to run the NVIDIA driver manager to "switch" between default (OSX) or the NVIDIA web driver (currently 313.01.03f02) and personally I've had slightly better results using the web driver. CUDA is installed in the preference panel and is currently 5.5.28 (GPU driver version 8.17.74).
I've upgraded two MacPro2,1s and clean-installed to the third one (using Tiamo's EFI hack for oMPs for all three) Mavericks (first 9.0, then upgraded to 9.1 - all stock drivers for each system, except as modified by the CUDA install) with not one issue (CUDA, OpenCL or otherwise). Each is running two GTX 590s (FSP Booster power aided). Each GTX has dual GPUs, with 1.5G vram/gpu. Therefore, my systems see them as four GPUs. I use this setup principally for OctaneRender (which is CUDA based rendering). My MacPro4,1 (but now sees itself as a 5,1 because of EFI hack from Netkas' site - http://forum.netkas.org/index.php/topic,852.0.html ), for which I'll finish changing the CPUs within the next week or so, runs dual Galaxy GTX 680/4Gs in Mavericks (via upgrade) without issue, and plays a similar role. The basic graphics web driver packages aren't yet available, except there are CUDA drivers {CUDA v5.5} specifically for Mavericks [ https://developer.nvidia.com/cuda-downloads ] and that might be the key because, it's my understanding that, it installs a newer GPU driver (GPU Driver V. 8.18.22.310.40.05f01). See pics below.
 

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doobydoooby

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Just fyi I'm running 10.9.1 with a Nvidia GTX660 on stock mavericks drivers and there are no problems. The CUDA driver works version 5.5.28 and is recognised by relevant software, and i havent really noticed any difference in the performance of the graphics card from 10.8 under Nvidia driver to 10.9 under Apple driver.
 
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For those that don't know, within 10.8.5 I am able to run the NVIDIA driver manager to "switch" between default (OSX) or the NVIDIA web driver (currently 313.01.03f02) and personally I've had slightly better results using the web driver. CUDA is installed in the preference panel and is currently 5.5.28 (GPU driver version 8.17.74).
Same here on Mac Pro 3.1 / 10.8.5 / EVGA-GTX-670
 
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Just fyi I'm running 10.9.1 with a Nvidia GTX660 on stock mavericks drivers and there are no problems. The CUDA driver works version 5.5.28 and is recognised by relevant software, and i havent really noticed any difference in the performance of the graphics card from 10.8 under Nvidia driver to 10.9 under Apple driver.
Curious... are you using any Adobe software?
 
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Any news on the state of GTX 680 drivers on Mavericks? Will they be included in 10.9.2?
 
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They have been in every version of OSX for awhile now.

When Nvidia offers Web Drivers they are "in addition to" the existing drivers.

GTX680s work fine in 10.9.1
 
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They have been in every version of OSX for awhile now.

When Nvidia offers Web Drivers they are "in addition to" the existing drivers.

GTX680s work fine in 10.9.1
I have been having some issues with my Graphics Card and Spectraview. I thought maybe it was a driver issue...
 
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I have been having some issues with my Graphics Card and Spectraview. I thought maybe it was a driver issue...
If you are bored and have some time to play with drivers, I have linked on another site to Beta 10.9.1 Nvidia drivers.

They kill CUDA but will let you easily try them out.

Installs a control panel which you can use to turn them off with ease.
 
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If you are bored and have some time to play with drivers, I have linked on another site to Beta 10.9.1 Nvidia drivers.

They kill CUDA but will let you easily try them out.

Installs a control panel which you can use to turn them off with ease.
Do you mean 10.9.2?
 
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jasonvp

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Curious... are you using any Adobe software?
I'm a bit late in this thread, but I'm using Adobe software with 10.9.1 and the aforementioned CUDA driver. No problems.

The rig is a 5,1 with one of Dave's modified GTX570, if that makes a difference.
 
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doobydoooby

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Curious... are you using any Adobe software?
Sorry it took a while to see your response - yes I am using adobe software. As far as I'm aware photoshop doesnt actually use CUDA, it uses OpenGL, but in any case photoshop isnt experiencing any problems. Ditto for acrobat and lightroom. Aperture is working fine too.
 
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rmt37

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I, like everyone else here, am not having any problems with the GTX680 as far as running software. What I AM having a problem with is the fan speed, which consistently runs at 1900 rpm on the stock Apple Mavericks drivers. I'm hoping that Nvidia drivers will quiet things down.

Anyone else having fan speed issues?
 
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kamcma

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I'm running 10.9.2, and had been running a Mavericks beta driver, and ran update today and got a final driver.

According to the Nvidia site, 326.19 or later, at least on Windows, brought MST support, so I'm hopeful this web driver, 331.01, might bring MST support to OS X beyond the Sharp and Asus that the nMP already supports. I have the Dell 2414Q on the way so I'll know soon.
 

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