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When OSX ML comes out, I will go back to OSX86. Unfortunatly, I'm stuck with the GTX 465 from Nvidia. Tried it with Montain Lion DP1 and it was a pain to get it working. HW support never worked, and I gave it up and went back to Windows.

I can get my hands on a Ati HD6950 pretty soon, and I was wondering if this really works out of the box? I want Multi-monitor support and good HW Acceleration.

Or is there any other videocard you guys recommend?

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Well, I don't own either of those personally, but as far as I know the GTX 465 should not be all that problematic, either get drivers direct from nvidia, or use chameleon's graphics enabler.These days, aside from models just released, the list of desktop cards that don't work would be much shorter than the list of card's that do

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Well, I might give it a second try when the GM comes out. Might even try it first with the DP4. With DP1, I did try the GraphicsEnabler and the official drivers. Didn't work unfortunatly.

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With the new Macbook Pros using Kepler chipsets from Nvidia, the GTX680 should work. However, withouth one to test i can't confirm. I'm using an AMD Radeon 6850 and it works perfectly OOB with no tweaking required

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6950 might be troublesome - 69xx models have always been troublesome. I use a 6870 and it works fine in DP4. It required a bit of work due to the drivers still being a bit buggy but it worked without a hitch in Lion and should work without a hitch in retail Mountain Lion.

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I am running Mountain Lion with an GTX 680 - working OOB :)



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I am running Mountain Lion with an GTX 680 - working OOB :)


How did you do it? :) Does OOB mean ”out of the box”, i.e. no special Kernel Extensions needed?
Will it work in 10.7.5 too, with the drivers there? I prefere to not use an un-released OS (even if I know Mountain Lion is pretty close).

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Im using a dated card but the GTX 200s Series work from

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I´m using a GTX 260 and a GTX 560 Ti, both work fine

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he GTX 260 work fine? Did you try cinebench for fps?
I have gtx 285 and Q/E working fine, but fps is 17...

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Using a GTX 670 here OOB with Mountain Lion DP4. It screams in benchmarks, and in games like Diablo 3 / World of Warcraft. Light years faster than my old GTX 480.

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GTX580 works ootb if u use a Mac Pro smbios.plist

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Well, from what I have; a 6950, you CAN get it to work. But it does not work fully, nor does it work OOB. So I suggest avoid this one until netkas and his team get this to run, or Apple/AMD figure this {censored} out.. Because in Lion it started to work (no cold boot bug, but OpenCL doesn't work) but in ML things have really screwed up so..

But from my experience, my 6950 non-ref model is working in ML GM (without OpenCL, i.e. you get green garbage in Photoshop and Unigine, etc) but iTunes is fixed with a patch.

Just a heads up!

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Gainward GTS 250 works out of the box. No DSDT or kexts. I can play Steam games and all that.

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GTX580 works ootb if u use a Mac Pro smbios.plist


Hello,
What about the power management of the GPU ?

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If you want nVidia go for the gtx 680

If it's ATI/AMD then grab yourself the 6870.

From experience, those are the two easiest modern day cards you could get working. What you actually choose from there will be from personal preference like do you want CUDA? I know personally I'm gonna nab me a 680 to go with my 6870 to get the best of both with openCL and CUDA once I get os x to play nicely with them both running in tandem.

Bottom line, to get the 680 working it's an OOB card. The 6870 doesn't require a whole lot of work just a perl script for your connector IDs to work properly and setting the FB of your choice. Looking back at when it was hell getting some gpus working in OS X, I really wouldn't complain about a card being too difficult to work as things are much easier these days.

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Some good news :) Installed the GM build (using myHack to create the install USB disk), and I can confirm that the GTX465 is fully working. No need for a special trick or driver, it works out of the box (Graphicsenabler=1). Dual monitor setup is working great and also out of the box.

Animations are very smooth and I tried some YouTube HD which also worked good enough. However, the playback is a little worse then it is on Windows 7 though. I see some lag in the first few seconds, and the overall responsiveness when skipping and stuff like that, isn't perfect. Maybe it's because of Flash and it's normal in OSX, not really sure about that.

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Mountain Lion 10.8 GM

Zotac 8400 GS
OOB with graphics enabler=yes

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I have GTX 285 & got 44.03 fps on ML GM
overall performance is better that Lion 10.7.4

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I have GTX 285 & got 44.03 fps on ML GM
overall performance is better that Lion 10.7.4

44 fps where?





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