08 August 2006
Apple Mac Pro...PC graphics cards????
Apple have finally anounced the replacement for the PowerMac G5, the Intel-based Mac Pro. It's basically the same case as the G5 but fairly different on the inside. Best of all its a Quad Xeon system (2x Dual Core Xeon 'Woodcrest' chips) runing at 2.0, 2.66 or 3.0 Ghz each. Mine is on order and will arrive shortly but it's interesting to note that with the Intel chipset there's the possability that PC graphics cards will work in the new systems. Currently you can order them from Apple with either Nvidia Geforce 7300, ATI X1900 or Nvidia FX4500 cards... full specs here.
I happen to be writing a graphics card round up for a UK magazine so I'll have about 9 or so PC graphics cards to test in a Windows machine. Will any of them work in the Mac Pro stright out of the box... stay tuned and I'll tell you! Results will be posted on simondanaher.com.