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Thursday, 29 July 2010 10:10

ATI also wins Mac Pro deal

Written by Fuad Abazovic
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Twelve core Xeon and 5870 for the best
The Apple - AMD deal just got even better, at least for ATI. Despite the fact that Steve Jobs only likes and uses Intel CPUs, it didn't stop this great „don't hold it that way“ leader to go after ATI's graphics. Again we beleive that Apple made a great deal with ATI, and it doesn’t look like Apple guys wanted Fermi cards in their Mac Pro machines.

The choice of ATI only is even more surprising as with these Mac Pro machines Geforce GTX 460 could be a nice option, but Apple only chose to use Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 or Radeon HD 5870 with 1GB of GDDR5.
One of the interesting things for video editing guys might be the fact that ATI Radeon 5000 cards do support up to six displays.

This machine will have a choice of a single quad core Xeon, two of them, or even two six-core Xeons resulting with a 12-core beast that should be great in rendering and similar tasks. The twelve-core version should arrive in a month's time, but this is most likely the time of availability for all new Mac Pro models.

ATI guys can only be happy about it, and we wonder if Bob Drebin, the previous Chief Technology Officer of AMD that now works in Apple's chip group had something to do with this decision. You never know.

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+18 #1 dan 2010-07-29 10:40
Not sure the Mac Pro supports Eyefinity yet...

And it's clear Apple dumped Nvidia because of the bumpgate affair. See Charlie's articles on semiaccurate.com
 
 
+27 #2 thaad 2010-07-29 10:51
Good day for ATI!
 
 
+10 #3 Alexko 2010-07-29 11:02
From what I've read here and there, Macs don't support Eyefinity in the sense that they don't support 3-display setups as a single surface, but they do support 3-display setups, which is still more than what NVIDIA can do.

I'm not aware of any ATI card with 6 display outputs on Apple computers, but perhaps the HD 5870 that Fudo mentions for MacPros will be such a card. Who knows?
 
 
-21 #4 nele 2010-07-29 11:10
"One of the interesting things for video editing guys might be the fact that ATI Radeon 5000 cards do support up to six displays."

Might be, at some point... Now it's still just a technical curiosity
 
 
+13 #5 redisnidma 2010-07-29 17:23
Quote:
Despite the fact that Steve Jobs only likes and uses Intel CPUs, it didn't stop this great „don't hold it that way“ leader to go after ATI's graphics.


Fuad: when would you stop chewing at sour grapes man?

For every good news from AMD he always have to bond it with something negative in regards to them.

And I doubt Steve Jobs "only likes and uses intel CPUs". :-)
 
 
+4 #6 yourma2000 2010-07-29 17:51
Quoting Alexko:
From what I've read here and there, Macs don't support Eyefinity in the sense that they don't support 3-display setups as a single surface, but they do support 3-display setups, which is still more than what NVIDIA can do.

I'm not aware of any ATI card with 6 display outputs on Apple computers, but perhaps the HD 5870 that Fudo mentions for MacPros will be such a card. Who knows?




I'm sure AMD will provide Mac drivers to allow for eyefinity support on Apple systems soon and Apple will probably release an update to correspond with the Eyefinity feature
 
 
+16 #7 spede 2010-07-29 18:06
"The choice of ATI only is even more surprising..."
What is there to surprise if Apple chooses the best GPU lineup currently available? GTX460 is as big chip as HD5870 and which one was the more efficient and powerful again?

"ATI guys can only be happy about it" This pretty much sums it up what a place of "neutral" journalism this is. How about everybody can be happy that ATI finally succeeds to have some recognition from markets with their products that are currently better than competition?
 
 
+6 #8 Bl0bb3r 2010-07-30 01:41
Quoting spede:
This pretty much sums it up what a place of "neutral" journalism this is.



No, he's still pissed his sources got fired from AMD.
 
 
+9 #9 vaultboy101 2010-07-30 07:56
It's obvious that Fuad is holding back the tears as he writes this article. He cannot believe how his precious Nvidia is collapsing around him.

The deal had nothing to do with Bob Drebin. It had to do with AMD's superior execution and products. Fermi GF100 and GF104 are 6 months too little too late. Frankly I doubt Apple will use Nvidia again when AMD Fusion comes.
 
 
+9 #10 hoohoo 2010-07-30 16:55
"...Steve Jobs only likes and uses Intel CPUs..."

Wonder how many hundreds of millions Intel gives Apple, or perhaps Jobs directly, in 'strategic initiatives' every year?
 

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