“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.]