Sapphire releases Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition: 3GB GDDR5 & a spiffy white dress
Sapphire has released the Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition for Apple Mac Pro (2010+) users to upgrade.
The Mac Edition HD 7950 is essentially the ordinary HD 7950, with the exceptions that it comes with a spiffier looking white coat and a firmware that’s optimized for Macs. All else aside, the Mac HD 7950 comes with it 3GB of GDDR5 memory, and Mac Pro users need to have a free PCIe x16 slot and two PCIe power connectors to get the card rolling.
As mentioned earlier, the Mac HD 7950 has a firmware optimized specifically for Macs, but the beauty of this is that the firmware is switchable–enabling people to switch between Windows-optimized and Mac-optimized "modes". This, however, depreciates the value of the Mac HD 7950 a bit, because people can simply flash an ordinary HD 7950 with the Mac-optimized firmware; therefore, turning their run of the mill card into a "special" Mac Edition.
Sapphire’s Mac Edition HD 7950 isn’t cheap, and has a suggested tag of $450.
Specs as outlined by Sapphire:
1 x HDMI (with 3D)
800 MHz Core Clock
3072 MB Size
279(L)x110(W)x35(H) mm Size.
Driver CD for Mac®
DVI to VGA Adapter
SAPPHIRE Technology, the leading manufacturer and global supplier of graphics solutions based on AMD technology, has just announced an exciting new graphics accelerator compatible with the Apple Mac Pro series of desktop computers.
Exclusive to SAPPHIRE, the HD 7950 Mac Edition is based on AMD’s latest Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. This highly acclaimed architecture delivers a significant graphics performance boost for Mac Pro users in a wide range of applications including gaming, audio or video editing and content creation. For example, gaming frame rates are increased by over 200%, general benchmark performance increased by around 30% and graphics intensive benchmarks increased by as much as 300% compared with the NV 8800GT commonly used in these machines.