I don’t think it’s new to any of us here that, for some time, Apple decided to put aside the most advanced Mac users to prioritize the casual audience, who doesn’t mind doing upgrades on their machines or is happy to simply switch of computers every two-three years to always enjoy the latest technological achievements – Apple itself admitted this and promised to pay attention to this more, say, demanding part of its consumers.
The fact is: if you fit into this relegated group, this novelty of NVIDIA it will certainly please you a lot. I say this because the famous graphics manufacturer today announced its most powerful video card ever produced, the TITAN Xp, and – for the first time in a product based on Pascal architecture – this beauty will be compatible with Macs.
The TITAN Xp is the latest – and most powerful – product in the GTX 10 series, and if you’re interested in numbers, it brings an absurd 12GB of GDDR5X memory running at 11.4Gbps and 3,840 CUDA cores running at 1.6GHz. All in all, this makes this true graphics processing plant capable of generating 12 teraflops of “brute force”, as stated by the manufacturer itself. In short … yes, there is nothing like it in the world, at least for the end consumer market.
For Mac users, this is a welcome addition to the possibilities. Although the platform is notably known as the one where gamers are going to die, the catalog of games for Apple computers has grown a lot recently; not to mention, of course, the countless other applications that a very powerful graphics card can help. Professionals working with complex 3D production, video editing, graphic design and many other areas will certainly benefit from the novelty.
Incidentally, as a related note, it is also worth noting that NVIDIA announced that, soon, all cards based on the Pascal architecture in the company’s catalog – including existing ones – will be compatible with Macs, through driver updates.
Going back: if you ask me, however, how Mac users will be able to take advantage of TITAN Xp – considering mainly that Apple has for some time now removed NVIDIA from its list of partners and only uses discrete AMD cards in its computers -, I see some solutions. If you still have a Mac Pro “cheese grater”, it is quick and easy to install the new plate on the machine; Apple has already promised that the next generation of the computer will have this modularity again, so let’s look forward to it. And, if you own a MacBook [Pro] or another “non-modular” Mac, just use an external GPU drawer, such as the Razer Core.
Obviously I have not yet reached the most painful part, which is the price of TITAN Xp. To take this beauty home, it is necessary to pay $ 1,200 at the NVIDIA online store in the United States – more than a few Macs out there. If this is not a problem for you and the numbers above have made you water, the sign is now available for sale. Be happy.
Update · Apr 11, 2017 at 14:51
If the $ 1,200 charged by TITAN Xp is just over budget, you can celebrate. As promised, NVIDIA today released a driver that makes all the company’s 10 Series video cards compatible with the Mac. That is, from now on, you can already enjoy the celebrated Pascal architecture on your Apple computer using a part that , maybe, you already have it at home attached to a PC or something – just have a Mac Pro “cheese grater”, a GPU drawer or, of course, a Hackintosh.
The cards now compatible with the Mac are as follows:
- GTX 1050
- GTX 1060
- GTX 1070
- GTX 1080
- GTX 1080 Ti
- GTX TITAN Xp
You can download the driver for NVIDIA 10 Series cards from this link [PKG]. The file is the same for any of the models above, and just install it on macOS to access the graphic power of the company’s most powerful cards. Enjoy!
[via Cult of Mac]