RX 480 and El Capitan?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by clnilsen, Jul 26, 2016.

  1. clnilsen macrumors newbie


    Jan 18, 2011
    Unfortunately, I'm in a situation where I need to get a new videocard asap for my 4,1 (flashed to 5,1 and CPU upgraded) mac pro. I was looking at a flashed 780 since I really didn't want to mess with drivers and I understand it's the highest Nvidia model with drivers in the osx; but I am intrigued by the RX 480. I saw the thread on the PC RX 480 working natively in the Sierra beta; but are the drivers for the RX 480 there in El Capitan as well?

    I can live without a boot screen, if everything else is functional.

    It seems once Sierra comes up (in a month or two?), at the relative price points the RX480 will be the better choice over the 780, but I can't get a card now that won't really work until then :-(
  2. h9826790 macrumors G4


    Apr 3, 2014
    Hong Kong
    No, AFAIK, the 480 won't work in 10.11.

    Also, the 480 works in Beta now, not necessary means it will work later. That's Apple. Besides, it seems OpenCl is working (to a level that not better than the 7970), but OpenGL is not working. (Of course, if the 480 can only perform like the 7970, I will still buy the 480, at least I know I can use it in Windows, or has great potential in OSX, or use much less power, etc.)

    Unless you are happy to stay at the current Sierra beta (if Apple block the 480 later). I won't go for the 480 at this moment.
  3. STek ZeNIO macrumors newbie

    STek ZeNIO

    Jan 7, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    As of now, is it still the case with RX 480 and El Capitan? One thing for sure, this RX 480 definitely does not work right out of the box with El Cap 10.11.6 – No Kext Loaded. Is there any possible way to make it work?

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