Nvidia Titan Xp - Mac Compatible! Thoughts?


AidenShaw

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https://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2017/04/06/titan-xp/

I would assume this would be "fully" functional... including bootscreens... right?

$1200 though... :eek:
The Titan supports boot screens on UEFI systems. Apple uses a proprietary EFI, and needs proprietary firmware to show the boot screen.

The new drivers will work on any Pascal GPU - but the drivers can't provide boot screens.

Until Apple abandons the ancient, deprecated, proprietary version of EFI that Apple uses and embraces the widely used UEFI standard - I wouldn't expect boot screens unless you get a card from MVC.
 

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What are the power requirements? I don't know if PCI-E power is enough to tame this BEAST!!
 

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250 Watt (Titan Xp and GTX 1080 Ti). No problem for the Mac Pro 4,1/5,1.
 

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Since Pascal drivers will support Macs soon, does this mean I will be able to put an Nvidia card in my Mac Pro 5,1? Not necessarily a Titan, but something more like a 970? It is running the latest version of Sierra.
 
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Since Pascal drivers will support Macs soon, does this mean I will be able to put an Nvidia card in my Mac Pro 5,1? Not necessarily a Titan, but something more like a 970? It is running the latest version of Sierra.
Sure....

But then what? You'll have to run Windows to get the best out of it. Then your cMP will be dropped out of the next version of macOS so you won't get anymore driver updates or tech support. You'll probably be stuck with a beta driver. Nvidia is just doing what they did for the last 2.5 years to Maxwell users.
 

JMacHack

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Sure....

But then what? You'll have to run Windows to get the best out of it. Then your cMP will be dropped out of the next version of macOS so you won't get anymore driver updates or tech support. You'll probably be stuck with a beta driver. Nvidia is just doing what they did for the last 2.5 years to Maxwell users.
Even running at a lower efficiency would still be better than the 5770 it came with. I know it'll be dropped soon, but depending how the next Mac Pro turns out I'll probably upgrade to that. This is just a stopgap measure.
 
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Even running at a lower efficiency would still be better than the 5770 it came with. I know it'll be dropped soon, but depending how the next Mac Pro turns out I'll probably upgrade to that. This is just a stopgap measure.
I wouldn't spend more than 100 bucks to upgrade a cMP. I did all those upgrades (m.2, Maxwell, USB 3.1, etc etc) and it was the biggest waste of money. Sold the cMP - built a PC and bought a new MBP. They run circles around the cMP in most real world usage.
 
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ActionableMango

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Since Pascal drivers will support Macs soon, does this mean I will be able to put an Nvidia card in my Mac Pro 5,1? Not necessarily a Titan, but something more like a 970?
The 970 is Maxwell, not Pascal, and has already been supported in the existing Nvidia drivers for quite some time.
 

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Apple uses a proprietary EFI, and needs proprietary firmware to show the boot screen.
So far they do.
Pike on his blog did mention that future modular MP will use new generation EFI. If it will allow the GPU to load it's own GOP UEFI driver then who knows... We'll see in 2019 :rolleyes:
 
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I wouldn't spend more than 100 bucks to upgrade a cMP. I did all those upgrades (m.2, Maxwell, USB 3.1, etc etc) and it was the biggest waste of money. Sold the cMP - built a PC and bought a new MBP. They run circles around the cMP in most real world usage.
How many PCIe cards can you get in a MBP? :rolleyes:
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Meh, you can get better performance out of a hackinosh.
That's ok if you want to deal with building and maintaining a Hackintosh.
 
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AidenShaw

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So far they do.
Pike on his blog did mention that future modular MP will use new generation EFI. If it will allow the GPU to load it's own GOP UEFI driver then who knows... We'll see in 2019 :rolleyes:
The "new" generation UEFI was released in January 2007. I hope that Apple uses that, instead of forking off a proprietary version of UEFI.
 
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