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RumorTT: Upcoming Apple iMac's to support off the shelf GPU's?

Apple to support off the shelf GPUs?

By: Anthony Garreffa from Mar 24, 2011 @ 9:08 CDT

This could be some seriously good news for Apple fans, there is news floating out there is a new update for Mac OS X bringing it up to version 10.6.7 for early 2011 MacBook Pro (Sandy Bridge).


The update appears to bring support natively for the following GPUs:

ATI Radeon HD 5630 Device ID 0x68D8

ATI Radeon HD 5630 Device ID 0x68D9

ATI Radeon HD 5670 Device ID 0x68D8

ATI Radeon HD 5730 Device ID 0x68D8

ATI Radeon HD 5770 Device ID 0x68B8

ATI Radeon HD 5850 Device ID 0×6899

ATI Radeon HD 5870 Device ID 0×6898

AMD Radeon HD 6850 Device ID 0×6739

AMD Radeon HD 6870 Device ID 0×6738

AMD Radeon HD 6970 Device ID 0×6718

Why would Apple be doing this? Why the support for video cards that aren't optioned in current iMac's? Could it be that Apple might support off the shelf (usually) PC video cards?

This means full QE/CI without Chameleon's GraphicsEnabler or any enabler kexts such as ATY_init." Could this mean the end of the Mac-only graphics card? Could Apple be opening up the platform more? What happens to NVIDIA? Why support for cards that aren't in Macs yet?