A MacBook Pro-specific update to Mac OS X 10.6.7 includes native support for several 5000 and 6000 series AMD Radeon GPUs. Apple doesn't typically include support for GPUs that aren't in shipping products, so the inclusion has some important implications for Mac Pro users, future Sandy Bridge iMacs, and even for the 'hackintosh' scene.
- Ati Radeon Sapphire HD 6670 1GB GDDR5 on OSX 10.7.4 / 10.8.2. This card should run OOB on hackintosh 10.7.x, and 10.8.x computers, however, not in my case:). If u put GraphicsEnabler=No, as somebody described in some tutorial, everything seems to work perfect, until you try to use DVD, or some software like Ableton or Resolume, or most of the.
- The Mobility Radeon HD 5670 Mac Edition was a mobile graphics chip by ATI, launched on April 22nd, 2010. Built on the 40 nm process, and based on the Madison graphics processor, in its Madison XT variant, the chip supports DirectX 11.2. The Madison graphics processor is an average sized chip with a die area of 104 mm² and 627 million transistors.
I've just purchased a new mid-2010 27' iMac, the one with the ATI Radeon 5670 512MB card. I've installed Boot Camp 3.1 but Windows still sees the card as a generic VGA adapter. I've tried a myriad of different drivers from ATI, none of which work (ATI Catalyst Control Center won't even load on any of them).
According to hackintosh site tonymacx86, Mac OS X 10.6.7 Update for early 2011 MacBook Pro contains native support for a range of Radeon HD 5xxx and HD 6xxx cards. The support brings full Quartz Extreme and CoreImage acceleration on these GPUs. tonymacx86 notes that for those building hackintosh systems—PCs built to run Mac OS X—using one of these cards won't require hacks or special kernel extensions such as Chameleon's GraphicsEnabler or ATY_init.
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|The full list of supported Radeon GPUs|
Beyond making it easier to build a hackintosh, the new video card support has other ramifications. The Radeon HD 6xxx series cards in the list could very well be used in the next expected iMac revision with Sandy Bridge processors, rumored to arrive as soon as April.
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The support may also mean that Mac Pro users won't have to continue to buy special and often expensive 'Mac edition' Radeon GPUs; instead, such users could buy standard cards available for Windows PCs. Developers experimenting with Lion have already determined some Radeon 5000 and 6000 series cards are supported without hacks as well.
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No new NVIDIA GPUs are covered by this native support. Mac Pros, iMacs, and now MacBook Pros all use AMD Radeon GPUs. The only NVIDIA GPUs still shipping from Apple are the ones integrated in the 320M controllers used in current MacBooks, MacBook Airs, and Mac minis. These platforms are likely to rely on integrated Intel GPUs once updated to Sandy Bridge processors some time later this year.