EVGA Announces GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition Graphics Card for Mac Pro

Wednesday April 3, 2013 12:25 PM PDT by Eric Slivka
Just two weeks after Sapphire introduced the Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition graphics card for the Mac Pro, EVGA today announced the launch of its GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition. Based on the popular year-old card for PCs, the new GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition carries 2 GB of GDDR5 memory and adds another high-end graphics option for current Mac Pro users.
The EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition graphics card provides many new and key features:

1. NVIDIA GPU Boost Technology - Dynamically maximises clock speeds to push performance to new levels and bring out the best in every game.
2. Support for four concurrent displays; two dual-link DVI connectors, HDMI and DisplayPort 1.1
3. NVIDIA SMX Engine - Brand new processing engine which delivers twice the performance/watt compared to previous generations.
4. NVIDIA CUDA Technology - Unlocks the power of the GPU's processor cores to accelerate the most demanding tasks such as video transcoding, physics simulation, ray tracing and more.
5. OpenGL 3.2 (4.3 in Windows) Support - Support for the most widely-used open graphics standard in the world.
6. OpenCL Support - Supports the latest standards in GPGPU computing.
7. Boot Camp Support - Full support for Microsoft Windows operating system in Apple Boot Camp.
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EVGA did not announce pricing or a launch date in its press release, but Newegg.com is currently listing a $599.99 price tag and a launch date of April 8. The is compatible with Early 2008 Mac Pro (MacPro3,1) and newer models with PCI Express 2.0, and requires OS X 10.8.3.

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20 months ago

What's with all the recent Mac-compatible GPUs? This makes me quite happy.


They need them for the new Mac Pros.

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It doesn't take years to put a motherboard in a box - no matter how nicely you CNC mill the box.

Apple gave up years ago by not putting enough people on the Mac Pro to actually deliver anything. Ever.

Apple needs to make giving up official. People will move on to PCs and everyone will be better for it.

Even Apple.


Use what you like and get a PC if you want / need one. Likewise, let other people get what they want and don't assume it's a PC.
Rating: 6 Votes
20 months ago
All this hype, only for Apple to release the new Mac Pro with a soldered graphics card ;)
Rating: 5 Votes
20 months ago

It's the same on the Windows side for the 680.

Edit:
Okay, it seems there's both 2 GB and 4 GB versions of the 680 card for PC.

"5. OpenGL 3.2 (4.3 in Windows) Support - Support for the most widely-used open graphics standard in the world."

This is quite sad. OS X 10.9 maybe?


It IS sad given the total lack of support of most games for OpenGL in Windows and YET Windows still has better OpenGL support than the Mac does when it's the Mac's primary 3D system. There is simply NO EXCUSE for Apple, IMO. They're so busy making iPads they don't (and really never have for a LONG time) given a crap about modern computer standards. Behind on USB 3, behind on OpenGL, behind on the Mac Pro PERIOD.... awful, just AWFUL computer support anymore.
Rating: 5 Votes
20 months ago

another money grab attempt by a third party hardware manufacturer


Yes, how dare companies try to give us goods and services in exchange for money :)

Seriously though, it's interesting to me that 2 companies released Mac Pro cards in such close proximity. Could this be a sign we're getting an actual new Mac Pro soon?
Rating: 5 Votes
20 months ago

I don't know either. Was hoping it would be 3g at that price. Maybe the manufacturers are considering the power supply usage.


It's the same on the Windows side for the 680.

Edit:
Okay, it seems there's both 2 GB and 4 GB versions of the 680 card for PC.

"5. OpenGL 3.2 (4.3 in Windows) Support - Support for the most widely-used open graphics standard in the world."

This is quite sad. OS X 10.9 maybe?
Rating: 4 Votes
20 months ago

Another confirmation that MP will stay in current form.


Good point. I am okay if the new Mac Pro is similar in form and design.
Rating: 3 Votes
20 months ago
The sincere lack of technological knowledge here astounds me but also reminds me that Apple is not just a computer company, but more peripheral.
Rating: 3 Votes
20 months ago
It doesn't take years to put a motherboard in a box - no matter how nicely you CNC mill the box.

Apple gave up years ago by not putting enough people on the Mac Pro to actually deliver anything. Ever.

Apple needs to make giving up official. People will move on to PCs and everyone will be better for it.

Even Apple.
Rating: 3 Votes
20 months ago

another money grab attempt by a third party hardware manufacturer


A business trying to make money on a niche product that might sell a few thousand units?
Who do they think they are? They should be ashamed of themselves.
Money grubbing bastiges. I suppose they want hundreds of billions in offshore bank accounts, too.
Rating: 3 Votes
20 months ago

The sincere lack of technological knowledge here astounds me but also reminds me that Apple is not just a computer company, but more peripheral.


Thank goodness your here to wow us with your superior technological knowledge! Please help us Sy7ygy!
Rating: 3 Votes

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