Well, what have we here? A new Mac Pro video card? What year is it? PCGamesHardware is at the CeBit trade show in Hannover where AMD partner Sapphire is showing off a Mac version of the Sapphire HD 7950 graphics card for the first time (via tonymacx86). In November, we noted that support for the AMD 7000 series was discovered in a 10.8.3 beta. We speculated at the time that the added support was likely for future Mac Pro-level cards, and that’s exactly what Sapphire, one of the larger suppliers of AMD products, is showing off at CeBit.
According to the report, the Sapphire HD 7950 Mac Edition is based off the original 7950 that packs in 850MHz Engine Clock (up to 925MHz with Boost), 3GB GDDR5 memory, 240GB/s memory bandwidth, and 1250MHz Memory Clock. PCGamesHardware said Sapphire plans to sell the Sapphire HD 7950 Mac Edition for $450. The report noted that the Mac Edition has been redesigned:
Quite new is the hood, which approximates by milky white the famous Apple design. The cooler is based ansich on the AMD reference design, provides a radial fan in the rear, a large Vapor Chamber on the GPU as well as plenty of vents for heat dissipation. On the slot panel both a dual-link DVI and one HDMI and two mini DisplayPort outputs can be reported. The well-known of the original HD 79×0 video cards BIOS switch on the top of the PCB is on board. The hardware of the Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition, the Windows version is similar ergo strong, we assume that the changes are mainly found in the BIOS. As a result of use in a Mac Pro is possible.
Go below for a hands-on video of the Sapphire HD 7950 Mac Edition from CeBit: