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Friday, 25 March 2011 10:06

Apple plans beefy AMD graphics chips

Written by Nick Farell

Found under the bonnet of update 10.6.7
There are some interesting rumours that Apple is planning to release some beefed up Macbooks.

MacRumors is reporting on a find by “tonymacx86” who was looking under the bonnet of the version of 10.6.7 and found support for several AMD graphics cards that are not currently shipped in any of Apple’s products. This means that Apple needs to support a new range of graphics cards in a future range.

The GPUs that have been found include:

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

This graphics card range is a lot heavier than those currently available in MacBooks so it looks like Jobs' Mob thinks its Macbooks are not expensive enough or have a spec which is too low.

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-11 #1 genetix 2011-03-25 11:08
I think this is good news in few senses. First of the idea that there is usually pretty low end, high quality MACs out there, but now PC high-end will become new MAC so PC just ain't gonna stay put.

Second I think this will open a bit the public eyes on pricing of the actual hardware and I think it'll increase the end-of-line demand.
-15 #2 bunker 2011-03-25 12:17
i didnt know amd still made 5xxx's?
+31 #3 TechHog 2011-03-25 13:02
Nick, those are desktop cards.

I bet that the 58xx and 6970 are only for the MacPro (5800 cards are already there).
-11 #4 The blue fox 2011-03-25 13:27
Now it OSX would support Direct X so these video cards have some use.
+20 #5 FnuGk 2011-03-25 13:48
this is most likely not for the macbooks but for the mac pro and the iMac (the desktops)
+11 #6 Blue Fear 2011-03-25 14:41
The only redeeming thought on this is that my 6870 will work on Hackintosh Lion.
+10 #7 Sodomy 2011-03-25 17:19
sad thing is these cards will start @ $200 for the 5630.
+10 #8 dicobalt 2011-03-25 18:05
Not much to do with a graphics card in OSX. I guess that means Windows will be ever more popular on Apple hardware. I'm telling you OSX is on the way to the grave.

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