Nvidia Releases macOS Drivers for GeForce 10-Series Graphics Cards

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As promised, Nvidia last night introduced beta macOS drivers for its latest GeForce 10-series graphics cards, enabling macOS support for cards ranging from the GeForce GTX 1050 to the newly announced Nvidia Titan Xp.

    macOS drivers for Nvidia's Pascal 10-series graphics cards will be of interest to those who build Hackintosh machines, use external GPUs, and those who own older Mac Pro machines that can be updated with newer GPUs. Apple has not used Nvidia GPUs in its Macs for several years now, favoring AMD instead.


    Nvidia first said it would release macOS drivers for its latest line of graphics cards when it announced the launch of the Nvidia Titan Xp, which Nvidia says is the world's most powerful graphics card with 12GB of GDDR5X memory running at 11.4 Gb/s, 3,840 CUDA cores running at 1.6GHz, and 12 TFLOPS of processing power.

    Prior to the release of the drivers, Mac users were only able to use previous-generation Maxwell-based 9-series GPUs.

    The new macOS Pascal drivers can be downloaded directly from Nvidia.

    Article Link: Nvidia Releases macOS Drivers for GeForce 10-Series Graphics Cards
  2. Appleaker macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2016
    A bit late to this story, but nevertheless I'm excited to see the performance in eGPU enclosures and differences between macOS and Windows.
  3. M.PaulCezanne macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2014
  4. canny macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2009
  5. lamunkya macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2014
    Now anybody with a $800 budget can build a hackintosh that runs circles around a $6000 mac pro in graphic intensive applications.
  6. aaronhead14 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 9, 2009
    No. AMD CPUs are not supported in macOS, nor will they ever be. (At least, that's my prediction).
  7. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    Maybe now, but they used to be supported. My first hackintosh had an Athlon 64 and ran Tiger. :p
  8. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    You can't really compare a custom-built Hackintosh with consumer-grade components to a workstation/pro-grade computer like the Mac Pro; but I agree the Mac Pro is still way too expensive for 2013 hardware, even after the price drop.
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    No, you'd need at least an LC III and even then it may not work.
  9. Loyalty4Life macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2006
    Is this compatible with my 5k iMac, both on the Mac and Windows/boot camp?

    I could not find anything online to confirm. Thanks.
  10. fokmik macrumors 68040

    Oct 28, 2016
    So can we use the latest macbook pros with eGpu without an external monitor?
  11. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    Your comment made me curious, so I did some quick pricing, and minus extras like finishing off the cooling system and stuff like monitors and whatnot, probably the cheapest you could go and still "run circles" around the $6000 Mac Pro is probably at least $1500. I mean, obviously waaaaay cheaper, and I assume you were just being hyperbolic with the $800 budget. But I spent the time looking, so I thought I'd share.

    That said, I loved the tone of last week's press meet with Phil and Craig. "We know the Mac Pro is a mess, we're sorry, we're going to fix it, please don't leave us." :D
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    I know there are hoops to jump through getting eGPUs working with macOS, especially if you're going to be running TB2 with an iMac. But if you're interested this place looks like a pretty good resource for getting started. Windows probably has better support, but I'm less familiar with eGPU efforts on that side of the coin.
  12. El Hikaru macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2013
    I wish my MBP 2016 has a PCI slot on its side.
    I am happy to give up one of USB port.
  13. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    I can't wait to get home and update the driver on my Hackintosh.

    And for those who say you can't compare a home-made computer with a Mac Pro are right if you are needing fault-tolerant hardware.

    But for $1500, you can definitely get a computer that will perform just as well as a $6000 machine.

    The main issue would be that the $1500 machine might have components break sooner, but if you don't have a mission critical process then it doesn't really matter.

    And since you are using commonly available parts, if it does fail, then it is fairly easy to replace the part.

    That being said, I love my cMP that is still going strong strong from 2010. My 2007 is a little long in the tooth, but is still in production.
  14. Macgraphics macrumors newbie

    Apr 11, 2017
    Will it run Metal graphics -- both apps and development using Xcode
  15. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    This is not fully fleshed out but Jeff did a quick down and dirty with a pascal eGPU. Interesting little read.
  16. macTW Suspended

    Oct 17, 2016
    Wonderful. Time to hackintosh it up! Anybody have a hackintosh setup they use and will use with Nvidia GPU?
  17. Ries macrumors 68020

    Apr 21, 2007
    Think he maybe meant this:
    AMD RYZEN 7 1700 - 800$ GAMING PC BUILD 2017

    Maybe not circles, but you won't get much for the rest of the money the Mac Pro costs more.

    The RX480 is 70% faster than a single D700 and the 1700 is about 25% faster than the 8 core xeon (according to 3dmark).
  18. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    I think you're right. $1K-$1.5K is probably the sweet spot to getting a Mac Pro competing Hackintosh. Video is long but detailed and informative.
  19. Nagy Dávid macrumors member

    Oct 1, 2014
    Only the CPU costs more that is in the Mac Pro or equivalent of that.
  20. BaltimoreMediaBlog macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2015
    DC / Baltimore / Northeast
    The design of the current Mac Pro is pretty ingenious. But it's kind of like the return of the G4 Cube design in so many ways. Powerful, but filled with too many limitations. In many ways, it could have been the mythical mid-range Mac Mini-tower that Apple would never create. I think there is still potential for the form factor, but to a less power-user market at a much cheaper price, but Apple would never do that to cannibalize iMac sales. :(
  21. Nunyabinez macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2010
    Provo, UT
    The one issue with that video is that once you make a $1000 PC and pair it with a $1500 monitor, it shows what the value that the iMac really is. Buying a riMac is on par or slightly more expensive, but it is seamlessly integrated.

    When I bought my first riMac the only 5K monitors were $2500, so, I saved $500 by buying my 2015 riMac versus building a mackintosh and buying the 5K monitor.

    Of course, 5K prices have come down, but at the time, the riMac was the value deal and I think is still apple's best value if the specs work for you.
  22. ikir macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    Played tonight with my MacBook Pro 13 2016 with GTX 1070! A dream!!!
    Benchmark soon on www.egpu.io
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    Yeah they are called Thunderbolt
  23. BornAgainMac macrumors 603


    Feb 4, 2004
    Florida Resident
    I wouldn't think a 500W power supply would support Titan level card along with all the other components. The card needs 250W. The geforce.com website recommends systems with 600w.
  24. Anathem macrumors newbie

    Jun 11, 2012
    I'm confused - given that Apple are committed to AMD and/or last gen graphics cards, which Mac is this news relevant to? I'd buy an Nvidia 10 series mac in a heartbeat if it were available.
  25. Cougarcat macrumors 604

    Sep 19, 2003
    There's a hackintosh AMD scene. (http://amd-osx.com/download.html) It's more difficult for obvious reasons, though.

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