Sapphire announces AMD-based Mac Pro video card

Rarer than hen’s teeth: Graphics card maker Sapphire has announced a Mac Pro-compatible graphics card (works in 2010 and above models). It’s based on AMD Radeon architecture and has some nice features like two mini DisplayPorts, HDMI and dual-link DVI. But expect to pay dearly for the privilege – $480.

Bear in mind that other third-party graphics cards will work in Mac Pros running Lion and Mountain Lion – I’m using a plain vanilla PC-compatible Nvidia GeForce 450 GTS in mine, which gives a nice boost for game frame rates over the Nvidia 8800 GT card it came with.

Update: Bare Feats already has the card in hand and has put it through its paces; benchmarks at the link.



  • http://digitizedsociety.tumblr.com/ DigitizedSociety

    i would love something that is compatible with my MacPro 1,1

    • http://www.tenfingercrunch.com Michael Bartholomew

      I am running an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 1280 MB video card in my Mac Pro 1,1. Just make sure you are running OS X 10.7 Lion or later.

      • http://digitizedsociety.tumblr.com/ DigitizedSociety

        good to know. unfortunately 1,1 can only go up to 10.7 Lion.

  • rwitt

    I have Radeon 7870 in my (strictly for gaming) PC. Does the availability of Radeon drivers for Mac OS X mean I can hackintosh my PC now if I wanted to?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1335780556 Chuck Yadmark

      You have been able to Hackintosh for a long time now, with many component choices. However it is much easier with Gigabyte Intel MB’s and AFAIK, impossible with AMD motherboards.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1335780556 Chuck Yadmark

        btw, the 640, 650, 660, 670 and 680 make excellent graphics cards for all, Hackintosh or not.