Official Thread: SL has dumped my GPU?

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  1. Bye Bye Baby macrumors 65816

    Bye Bye Baby

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    Given the vagaries of Apple's support documentation I would like to know exactly what GPUs are supported by Snow Leopard for use in Grand Central and Open CL.

    The list does not contain my NVIDIA Ge Force 8800 GS!

    After much searching it is absolutely unclear weather Apple will support the GPU or not. It is a re-branded NVIDIA chip and so is it included or excluded?

    I for one will be greatly disappointed in Apple does not support it. It is one thing that my ageing powerbook will not be supported, but a computer that was top of the line iMac just in April of this year!

    Anyone else annoyed? Confused?


    Your thoughts
     
  2. MorphingDragon macrumors 603

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    I'm guessing either internals are arguing or that nVidia/Apple is being petty for some reason. It could be a problem with the GPU itself though. The 8800GS is based of the G80 while the others are based off the G92 and above. The G80 did support GPGPU but the 8800GS is crippled. So :S

    (From the Tech Specs)
    OpenCL
    NVIDIA Geforce 8600M GT, GeForce 8800 GT, GeForce 8800 GTS, Geforce 9400M, GeForce 9600M GT, GeForce GT 120, GeForce GT 130. ATI Radeon 4850, Radeon 4870

    I'm guessing more will be supported VIA drivers on IBM Clones.
     
  3. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    Every sane person would have though that the 8800 GT, 8800 GTS, and 8800 GS would be quite similar, i.e based on the same GPU..... but apparently nVidia thinks otherwise.... :rolleyes:
    Very confusing.
     
  4. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    I think 8800GTS is a typo, they meant 8800GS. No iMac ever had any of the various 8800GTS models....well....wasn't the 8800GS in the iMac actually an 8800M GTS? (which is identical except for heat output)

    Whatever, in any case, I'm pretty sure they meant the GPU you have.
     
  5. MorphingDragon macrumors 603

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    Dunno, could of been in a mac pro sometime?
     
  6. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    No, it wasn't.
     

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