Sapphire's Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition Unleashed

Earlier, we showed you Sapphire's HD 7950 Mac Edition, and now we have learned more about it. This card is based on an ordinary HD 7950 and is entirely similar to it. Like the regular HD 7950, it carries 3 GB of GDDR5 memory.

The Sapphire HD 7950 Mac Edition is compatible with Mac Pros from 2010 or later, assuming that it has a free PCIe x16 slot and two 6-pin PCIe power connectors.

Conveniently, Sapphire has decided to compare the graphics card against the 8800 GT in performance so that users will be able to see a big jump in performance.

BenchmarkNvidia 8800 GTSapphire HD 7950 Mac Edition
Performance Jump
Xbench296.7 points381.3 points29%
Novabench213 points463 points117%
Cinebench24.54 FPS
33.02 FPS35%
Heaven16.5 FPS
64.7 FPS
Portal130 FPS
490 FPS
Call of Duty
15 FPS
49 FPS

The HD 7950 Mac Edition is compatible not only with Macs, but with switchable firmware that will also work on Windows PCs. While this is less interesting, it does show that the main differences are in the firmware, meaning that we'll likely find enthusiasts who will flash the HD 7950's Mac Edition firmware to ordinary HD 7950's to make them work in their Mac Pros.

Sapphire's new HD 7950 Mac Edition will carry an MSRP of $450.

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  • A Bad Day
    Imagine a Mac GTX Titan's price.
  • Estix
    Why stop at comparing it to the 8800 GT?

    Why not show us how it fares against the TNT2, or the ATI Rage 3D?
  • wanderer11
    $450 for a 7950? Are we back in March 2012?
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  • wanderer11
    $450 for a 7950? Are we back in March 2012?
  • blazorthon
    This makes me want to look for potential Mac 7950 customers, buy enough 7950s for them for around $300, flash them to Mac, and sell them at a *discount* of $400 instead of $450. It should be easy money if there are enough Mac users looking for 7950s.
  • A Bad Day
    Imagine a Mac GTX Titan's price.