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Old 06-02-2009, 06:11 AM   #1
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Default EVGA Brings Super-Fast Graphics to the Mac

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For enthusiasts, one of the biggest drawbacks to an Apple computer is the limitations of hardware. You can't purchase a Mac and throw whatever you want in there, and as a result, even models like the MacPro can leave a bit to be desired in certain areas. One of the most notable limitations is with the selection of graphics cards, but soon, that will change.

High-end cards on Macs is something humorous, because they simply haven't existed. To my knowledge, the last truly high-end GPU offering on the Mac was either the 7800 GTX or 8800 GTX, but within the next month or two, Apple gamers will be able to toss a very-fast GTX 285 in their rig, offering some incredible performance for any of today's games.


"Oh boy, here comes a huge price premium!" That's what I thought as well, but EVGA assured me that the pricing difference wouldn't be huge, but it'd certainly be a little bit higher than the PC variant. It's also important to note that while the game selection on Macs is undoubtedly lacking, anyone who runs a Mac with this card could experience PC-equivalent graphics in their games when running Windows through Bootcamp. It looks like you can finally be a Mac user and high-end gamer all at the same time!

For the time-being, this card is EVGA-exclusive, and I'd expect it to remain as such for a little while. And in case you are led to believe that this card would be identical to the PC version, only with a different BIOS, that's not the case. Believe it or not, the card's circuitry actually has to be adjusted in order to suit the Mac operating system. That's likely a good reason why we don't see more hardware support on that platform at this point in time.
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Believe it or not, the card's circuitry actually has to be adjusted in order to suit the Mac operating system
I presumed it was something more than just a BIOS thing... do you have a link to what actaully has to be changed to make it Mac compatible?
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No idea, I can ask.
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That's all right, I'm curious but I probably wouldn't understand most of it. At least I can tell users they can't simply plug in any random GPU to upgrade their Macs now.
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