Thursday, March 24, 2011

Upcoming Apple iMacs to sport a range of new AMD Radeon graphics options?

Tony at TonyMacx86 wrote in to tell us that Apple has included native graphics acceleration for some AMD/ATI Radeon HD 5xxx and 6xxx cards in the Mac OS X 10.6.7 Update for early 2011 MacBook Pro (Sandy Bridge).
Why is Apple supporting all of these generic/PC graphics cards?  Perhaps some (but certainly not all?) of those video cards above will be included in upcoming iMacs.  But it is likely bigger than that. Tony thinks that Apple may just have started to support native, off the shelf PC video cards.
This is certainly big news for those in the Hackintosh community.  The 10.6.7 update also introduced a Sandy Bridge Kernel but takes steps to try to confirm that you are on a new MacBook Pro.

See the list of the new supported graphics cards after the break.

via 9to5Mac

The following graphics cards appear to be natively supported:

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

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