Sapphire Launches Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition Graphics Card for Mac Pro

After previewing its Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition graphics card at CeBIT earlier this month, Sapphire Technology today officially announced the launch of the new card.

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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 (SAPPHIRE internal data).

The SAPPHIRE HD 7950 Mac Edition is equipped with 3GB of the latest GDDR5 memory, and its Dual Asynchronous Compute Engines (ACE) deliver up to 2.87 TFLOPS Single Precision compute power. It provides hardware support for Open GL 4.2 and Open CL 1.2 as well as AMD HD3D technology and APP acceleration.
The new Mac Edition card contains a switchable BIOS that allows it to be used in either a Mac or a PC, and offers an HDMI port with 3D support, two Mini DisplayPort connectors, and a dual-link DVI port.


Newegg.com is offering the Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition for $479.99 and has posted a video overview of the new card.

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21 months ago
it's in my cart. just have to press buy :)

Getting a dog and a new graphics card while my wife is out of state.
Kids, this is what living on the edge is like when you get old.
Rating: 42 Votes
21 months ago
Nice card. Too bad Apple doesn't support OpenGL 4.2
Rating: 10 Votes
21 months ago
I could be wrong, but I believe 'Mac Edition' is a curious modern-day spelling of an ancient lost phrase from the old world that roughly translated means 'price-gouging exploitation of those who bear apples'.
Rating: 8 Votes
21 months ago

Too bad everyone uses Nvidia these days...

It'll make a nice paperweight though.


That's funny because at every price point in the gaming segment except the $1000 one, nVidia is outgunned by AMD:

Titan = performance king
7970GE > 680
7970 > 670
7950 > 660Ti
7870 > 660
7850 >>> 650Ti
et cetera

But whatever :rolleyes:
Rating: 7 Votes
21 months ago
Ohhh, shinny...

Now this makes the Mac Pro, "Pro" again.
Rating: 6 Votes
21 months ago
I can't be the only person who thinks these giant, power hungry, heat producing beasts are going the way of the dinosaur.

We need a graphics processing revolution similar to the ARM revolution.
Rating: 6 Votes
21 months ago

Just out of curiosity, how does this compare to the card included in the mac pro?


4 year old card vs year old card
Rating: 6 Votes
21 months ago

Too bad everyone uses Nvidia these days...

It'll make a nice paperweight though.


I don't :)
Rating: 4 Votes
21 months ago

That's funny because at every price point in the gaming segment except the $1000 one, nVidia is outgunned by AMD:

Titan = performance king
7970GE > 680
7970 > 670
7950 > 660Ti
7870 > 660
7850 >>> 650Ti
et cetera

But whatever :rolleyes:


Indeed, though my overclocked 7950 matches and exceeds a stock 670 any day ;)

The 7970 and the 680 are pretty much neck in neck in my experience. Except the 7970 is cheaper and has better drivers (at least on the Peezoid, the Catalyst drivers are way better than what NVidia offers)

I'm really happy to see the 7950 arrive on the Mac, it's damn fine card :)
Rating: 4 Votes
21 months ago

With the horrible font rendering (according to me and most graphic designers I'd say) in Windows and the clumsier workflow of Windows 8 (forcing tou into a touch GUI on a workstation) I don't know if I agree.


You know windows 8 doesn't force you to use touch GUI? It's an option.
Rating: 3 Votes

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