Graphics Cards Guide
Sapphire HD 7950 Mac Edition Offers High-End Graphics for Mac Pro Desktops
Sapphire has announced a new graphics accelerator that's compatible with the Apple Mac Pro series of desktop computers.
Based on the AMD GCN architecture, the HD 7950 Mac Edition delivers a considerable graphics performance boost for Mac Pro users in a wide range of applications including gaming, audio or video editing, and content creation. Gaming frame rates are increased by over 200%, general benchmark performance by about 30%, and graphics intensive benchmarks by as much as 300% compared with the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT commonly used in these machines.
Equipped with 3GB of GDDR5 memory and its Dual ACE (Asynchronous Compute Engines), the graphics card features a 3GHz HDMI 1.4a port, two mini DisplayPort outputs with a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 per display under MacOS X, as well as a Dual-link DVI port with HDCP, which supports a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600. Because it is a DVI-I port, it can also be used with older VGA monitors, with the supplied adapter. The card also supports two display outputs to be used concurrently for increased productivity.
Compatible with Apple Mac Pro models from 2010 and later with an available PCI-Express x 16 slot, the HD 7950 Mac Edition comes with a driver disk, which enables it to be used with Mac OS X 10.7.5 (Lion), 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion) or later. Incorporating AMD's PowerPlay technology, the video card includes Dual Firmware support via a simple Firmware (Dual BIOS) switch.
The Sapphire HD 7950 Mac Edition also supports Windows with UEFI hybrid firmware enabled, with support for additional features such as hardware acceleration of video decoding, HDMI audio pass through and additional display resolutions.