RUMOR: ATI Radeon X2800XT (‘R600XTX’) with CrossFire to appear first inside Apple’s next Mac Pro

“The centerpiece of ATI’s next-generation graphics card line may make its first appearance as part of an upgrade to Apple Inc.’s Mac Pro line of professional desktop computers, according to an online report,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider.

“Revealed in a photo published by the The Inquirer on Monday, a version of the card — codenamed R600XTX — was initially pegged as an OEM model for large system manufacturers. However, a subsequent report from the publication claims the specialized card was designed specifically for one customer: Apple,” McLean reports.

“While there appear to be several versions of the ATI card that will slowly make their way to market… the model destine for Apple is expected to debut first and introduce CrossFire support to the Mac,” McLean reports. “CrossFire technology, which requires a compliant motherboard with a pair of PCI Express (PCIe) graphics cards, essentially allows users or system manufacturers to pair graphics cards within a single system to improve graphics performance.”

“Apple, which has held a brawny update to its Mac Pro workstations within its labs since last fall, has reportedly deferred on a release until a time closer to a roll-out of Adobe’s Intel-native Creative Suite 3.0 software bundle,” McLean reports. “The 8-core Xeon-based powerhouse would be the only system within the Mac maker’s arsenal capable of adopting the new ATI card.”

More info, links, and photo of the card here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Stoo” for the heads up.]


  1. Insane…. I wish that I could say I’m looking forward to the 8-core system with this graphics card… but I’m not. I actually hope it doesn’t come out, ever! Because I won’t be able to afford it! And if I can’t have it, no one else should be able to! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    Nah, go ahead all you deep pocketed friends. Enjoy. Just don’t forget to think of me with my little MacBook… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. games are barebly optimized for quadcore units, let alone ochos.

    get over it, until the programmers start using the juice, it just doesn’t matter. now the vid card is nice but in terms of the cpu processing.

    mike dunleavy forever!@

  3. ‘sorry idiots’ is half right true games are barely optimised for quad core, they are getting there but will be well supported later in 2007.

    Doom engine (i.e. Doom3, Quake4, Prey, Quake Wars) runs multi-core, but not really optimzed for more than two. It will probably support true multi-core for release of Quake Wars.

    Source engine (i.e. Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike, etc.) has a new version due out with ‘Episode 2’ that is true multi-core support. It’s been developed to enable HL2 to run on Xbox 360 and PS3 and has been backported to PC architecture, excellent article about it on Ars Technica.

    Other engines (e.g. Crytek) are rumored to be working on multi-threaded support for multi-core CPUs.

    Best for number crunchers though is the new Excel 2007 support for multi-core, with dual-core already halved the time my models take to calc; want octo-core simply to save me hours per day. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  4. I’m getting that with my upcoming Octo Mac Pro!
    I want two of them in Crossfire mode in my octo-core Mac Pro!

    If Crossfire rumours are true, it means Apple must’ve developed the OpenGL drivers for Apple OSX to support this … smells like a Leopard feature to me.

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