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

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As noted by Accelerate Your Mac and tonymacx86, German site PCGamesHardware.de reports [Google translation] that Hong Kong-based company Sapphire Technology is previewing its new Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition graphics card at CeBIT this week. The high-end card arrives following Apple's introduction of Radeon HD 7000-series drivers in OS X 10.8.3 betas last November, although the update has yet to be released to the public.

At Cebit we saw the Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition for the first time live. The upper-class graphics card based on the original HD 7950, which uses dark brown board waived a boost function and is clocked at 800 MHz (GPU). The 3 GiByte GDDR5 memory, as well as its clock of 2,500 MHz, unchanged.

Sapphire is reportedly planning to price the Radeon 7950 Mac Edition at $450.

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Mac Pro news and rumors are beginning to pick up steam following Apple's promise last June that "new designs" of the workstation would be arriving in 2013. Last month, Apple ceased European sales of the current Mac Pro due to its non-compliance with new safety regulations, increasing the urgency of an update, while just yesterday a report surfaced about Apple-branded 2 TB solid-state drives for the Mac Pro.

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97 months ago
TWO Mac Pro based news items in under 24 hours?!?!:eek::eek:
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97 months ago

Assuming this is the final design (and see no reason why it wouldn't be), Spacedust is right - this card will not fit in slot 1.

I have a 7870 eyefinity 6, which has the exact same 4 screws, height, etc that prevent it from fitting into #1. It does need to be completely flush like the 5870, 5770.


Think for a moment.

Are these people REALLY going to toss out 1000's of sales because they overlooked this?

If it doesn't work in 1,1s it will be because it is EFI64 or UEFI GOP, it won't be because Stan in Hardware Procurement forgot to see if it actually fit in the machines it was designed for.

The screws holding it together aren't going to be a problem.
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97 months ago
Great, $450 for a Mac version, but the PC version lists at $320. Uh, thanks, Sapphire?
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97 months ago

TWO Mac Pro based news items in under 24 hours?!?!:eek::eek:

Not just that, but they're GOOD Mac Pro based news items!

In contrast to the third most recent Mac Pro news item from MacRumors:
February 18th: Mac Pro Now Unavailable for Purchase from European Apple Online Stores (https://www.macrumors.com/2013/02/18/mac-pro-now-unavailable-for-purchase-from-european-apple-online-stores/)
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97 months ago
Yep. And it will be marketed as the biggest and best computer and made in America.

It will sell.
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97 months ago

The back of HD5770 and HD5870 is completely flat, this one is having very long screws near the core.


First, this is pre-production hardware.

Second, the 5xxx cards for the Mac Pro have heat sinks on the back, this 7950 has no heat sink. If you look at the 5xxx cards in person the heat sink adds thickness to the card.
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