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nVIDIA Pascal: Hackintosh Edition

Mr. Xtreme
  • nVIDIA's first Pascal card has been released: the GTX 1080

and now I'm sure the risk takers are trying them out in their hackintosh's, so I'm going to go over Pascal (I'm going to use the GTX 1080 as a reference, as the 1070 isn't released, correct me if I'm wrong) and check the features, and some info on hackintosh compatibility!


Specs first

  • New Pascal architecture (Duh)
  • 8GB GDDR5X memory
  • 2560 CUDA cores
  • 1607MHz base clock speed
  • 320GB/s memory bandwidth
  • 16 nm manufacturing process
  • Pricing is quite a bit over $600 USD as they are selling a founders version mostly right now, so that price will get cheaper.

Now some of the mains points of pascal are:

  • Low power consumption
  • 4K
  • 16 nm manufacturing process (vs the 28 nm of nVIDIA's previous "Maxwell" architecture.
  • and high power performance

Now I'm not here to so much do a review on the video card, I'm more checking out the stuff that hackintoshers are interested in,

so that brings us to OS X compatibility:

  • OS X 10.11.0 to 10.11.6: None
  • OS X 10.10.0 to 10.0.5: None
  • OS X 10.9.0 to 10.9.5: None

The list goes on, pascal (Which means GTX 1080, and 1070) have no support in OS X at all! If you are a die hard, then by all means go and enjoy a low resolution, crumby performance, and no HDMI audio, etc. Devs, go for it if you want to try to get it to work on OS X.


To sum it all up, the pascal line of cards doesn't work yet, and It'll be awhile till they are, buy a 980, and the best intel i7 CPU you can find if you are willing to fork out that much cash.


-XtremeHacker, June 6th, 2016

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No surprise if this happens. Nvidia went high end first and AMD went midrange first. AMD will just hit all of the market points Apple wants for its GPUs first and low to low-mid is now handled by IGP. All AMD needs to do is work on a workstation card for the MacPro before it releases and that's 100% coverage. Converting a midrange to mobile is far easier these days since these things are often built around being implemented in mobile when they are designing the architectures.

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