• Radeon HD 5870, GeForce 480 on Upcoming Macs?

    Drivers on the NVIDIA site, as well as ones found inside the default Mac OS X installation on the new Mac mini, indicate that Apple is working on supporting additional high-end graphics cards, possibly for upcoming refreshes of the Mac Pro and iMac lines, both of which are due for an upgrade. Though little hard information is available, MacRumors reports on the functional Mac drivers found for the Radeon HD 5000 series and GeForce 400 series GPUs, and suggests they could be available on future high-end desktop Macs.

    The version of Mac OS X pre-installed on new model Macs is often slightly more updated than mainstream releases of the same version, including as they do support for the latest hardware Apple is shipping. In this instance, the Mac mini's build of OS X 10.6.4 included driver code for ATi Radeon HD 5000 Series graphics cards. The driver is available on netkas, and they have [ame="http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=958191"]reportedly been able[/ame] to use it successfully to run Radeon 5850, 5870 and 5970 cards, but only on hackintoshed desktops. Mac Pro support is still being worked out.

    Meanwhile, Mac OS X drivers for the GeForce 465, 470 and 480 GPUs were found/leaked from NVIDIA's server, suggesting that Apple may be readying future desktop Macs with built-in Fermi-class graphics cards. The Fermi architecture, brings NVIDIA's latest parallel processing technology to GeForce CPU co-processors for advanced graphics as well as high-performance computing for science and engineering. Availability of Fermi-class cards has been short since the new product lines were announced, due to limited supply of custom 40nm chips from TSMC.

    modified image via MacRumors
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