Poll: Do you think Apple will support Nvidia GPUs in Modular Mac Pro?

Do you think Apple will support Nvidia GPUs in Modular Mac Pro?


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shuto

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Oct 5, 2016
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Wondered what everyone else's guess is about the Nvidia on Mac Pro issue.

Personally I really want apple to support Nvidia, but just don't know if I've got my head in the clouds.
 

Jul 4, 2015
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I’m inclined to believe there will be no change and it doesn’t matter. I don’t care what brand is written on the card as long as the productivity and compute performance is great, it supports native 10 bit and HDR color spaces, and doesn’t cost as much as a Quadro.
 

t8er8

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Dec 4, 2017
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I think they’ll still allow drivers to be updated unless apple drastically changes their partners or makes their own GPU or something.

Of course that would only be the case if apple really makes the Mac modular
 

absente

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Feb 18, 2019
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You know, if newer AMD cards could somehow support CUDA nVidia would lose a big market, because thats one of the main reasons people who do rendering work prefer nVidia over AMD. I solved the issue quite easily:

1 x Workstation 2009 MP, frozen at Sierra and maxed out in terms of Ram/Speed etc for work only
1 x MacBook 2014 and 1x iMac 2013 with the newest OS for anything else

At least for the next couple of years that setup should be fine. Afte that, we might all switch to Apple GPU's anyway.
 

bsbeamer

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Sep 19, 2012
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Another thread about this... There are no drivers for Mojave outside of native/built-in support for FERMI and KEPLER. CUDA is unsupported in Mojave. OpenCL has been depreciated in Mojave. NVIDIA on Mac is basically on life support unless support for Mojave expands in the next few weeks/months or starts selling new FERMI/KEPLER based cards again.
 

shuto

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Oct 5, 2016
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Yeah I'm just hoping Apple & Nvidia manage to work together for the Modular Mac Pro.

I need CUDA GPUs to work with Octane Render and Redshift Render. I built a PC when my 2009 Mac Pro wouldn't turn on anymore, but I hate the PC and just want a Mac that has Nvidia cards.

Maybe I just need to get over it and work on PC all the time, just holding out hope for Modular Mac Pro.
 
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mcnallym

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Oct 28, 2008
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What makes people believe that the modular Mac Pro will have standard pci-e slots or take normal gpu cards.

To me that is the real question.

If not using standard expansion cards then going to be difficult to put any non-apple card in there.

If going to be an egpu then no reason why not unless apple not support them in egpu which they don’t currently do and considering that egpu requires 10.13 NOT 10.14 and there are nvidia drivers for high Sierra available then I would say not promising.

So at that point unlikely to see nvidia support returning anytime soon.

Apple has been AMD for some time now and only the nvidia web drivers and third party that kept nvidia around in the Mac Pro cheese graters.

The glimmer and is slim is that highpoint seem to be putting effort into Mac OS support for there nvme pci-e cards.

Now either there is a large market for this to warrant the work, wouldn’t have thought the cheese grater market big enough now, or apple tacitly happy for the hackintosh market to thrive, or possibly there will be pci-e slots in the modular Mac Pro.
 
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ssgbryan

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Jul 18, 2002
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You know, if newer AMD cards could somehow support CUDA nVidia would lose a big market, because thats one of the main reasons people who do rendering work prefer nVidia over AMD. I solved the issue quite easily:

1 x Workstation 2009 MP, frozen at Sierra and maxed out in terms of Ram/Speed etc for work only
1 x MacBook 2014 and 1x iMac 2013 with the newest OS for anything else

At least for the next couple of years that setup should be fine. Afte that, we might all switch to Apple GPU's anyway.
AMD has the ProRender engine - it is both CPU and GPU agnostic and uses both as a single engine. So far there are only 2 plug-ins for OSX software (Blender (cycles) and Maya) as well as 3DS Max, Solidworks, and Unreal on the Windows platform.
 

bsbeamer

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Sep 19, 2012
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Hopeful some of the rumors I’ve been hearing with video tools and software are publicly announced or previewed at NAB in a few weeks. Could help creatives on Mac with AMD a little bit.

Do expect further developments in the next 6-12 months. The official support of RX580 eGPU was initial incentive for a lot of manufacturers to optimize for AMD on Mac.
 

Pakaku

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Aug 29, 2009
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NVIDIA already writes drivers for their cards, they run just fine under OSX, and at worst you just have to find the drivers on their website (so you're setting that up when normally you would expect Apple to sell the machine ready on boot up)

I don't see any major issues unless Apple explicitly removes complete PCI support, which I really doubt.
 

AidenShaw

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Feb 8, 2003
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I don't think this qualifies as blocking, but what do I know;)
NVIDIA already writes drivers for their cards, they run just fine under OSX, and at worst you just have to find the drivers on their website (so you're setting that up when normally you would expect Apple to sell the machine ready on boot up)

I don't see any major issues unless Apple explicitly removes complete PCI support, which I really doubt.
Clueless.

There are no web drivers for Mojave - that's the point. Apple is blocking Nvidia from even providing drivers.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/apple-turns-its-back-on-users-with-nvidia.2160228/
 

iGobbleoff

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May 2, 2011
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I think apples idea of modular will be external boxes with cables running between them. It’s “modular”