Alongside its rather surprising announcement of the ludicrously powerful Titan Xp graphics card, Nvidia has also announced an upcoming beta driver for Mac systems. This beta driver will, interestingly, allow Mac systems to support Nvidia’s Pascal-based graphics cards.
Prior to this announcement, Mac systems were limited to Nvidia’s Maxwell-based graphics cards only. Which unfortunately meant that Mac users were left out from the immensely powerful lineup of Nvidia 10 series graphics cards. Well, those days will soon be gone, because this time, Mac users will get their share of the ‘Pascal cake’ as well.
According to the folks at 9to5Mac, the upcoming Nvidia beta driver will allow Mac systems to use all Pascal-based graphics cards. Of course, one would first have to own an external GPU enclosure to be able to use Pascal-based graphics cards with their pre-built Mac systems. Hackintosh builds won’t require any external devices to run Nvidia’s 10 series graphics cards, obviously.
Speaking of which, it is not known whether the upcoming beta driver from Nvidia will only be compatible with macOS Sierra. That aside, this announcement also makes us wonder whether Apple’s upcoming refresh of the Mac Pro will come with a Pascal-based GPU; which seem very likely now that Nvidia has provided the support.
Regardless, if you’re a Mac user who’s craving for more graphics power, now is a very good time to save up for a GTX 10 series graphics card.