Apple Outlines GPUs to Support macOS Mojave on Older Towers

As it stands, macOS Mojave doesn’t support older 2010-2012 Mac Towers, because of it’s Metal integration But if, like RED’s Jarred Land, you’ve been wanting to upgrade your old 2012 “Cheesgrater” Mac Tower drivers to modernize it for 4K editing, Apple says you need to do a little more than that. And it’s going to help you out with a  list of Mojave approved video cards.

macOS Mojave requires a graphics card that supports Metal, an Apple technology that lets the system and apps efficiently tap into the capabilities of today’s graphics processors (GPUs). The graphics cards offered by Apple in Mac Pro (Mid 2010) and Mac Pro (Mid 2012) don’t have GPUs that support Metal, so these systems require upgraded graphics cards in order to install macOS Mojave. – Apple Support Note HT208898

As Apple updates their operating system to macOS Mojave, in comes support for their GPU standard known as Metal. So legacy Mac users have to upgrade their GPU cards to a Metal compatible model, and Apple is listing the following Nvidia and AMD cards as being Metal-capable and compatible with the mid-2010 and mid-2012 Mac Pro Models:

  • MSI Gaming Radeon RX 560 128-bit 4GB GDRR5
  • SAPPHIRE Radeon PULSE RX 580 8GB GDDR5
  • SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition
  • NVIDIA Quadro K5000 for Mac
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition

Though Apple isn’t as confident that Radeon RX, and Pro models will definitely work with the Metal software architecture, they put out a list of AMD cards which “might” be compatible with macOS Mojave:

  • AMD Radeon RX 560
  • AMD Radeon RX 570
  • AMD Radeon RX 580
  • AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  • AMD Radeon Pro WX 9100
  • AMD Radeon Frontier Edition

Consequently, if you’ve recently upgraded your GPU, and want to know if it supports macOS Mojave, all you need to do is hold down option and select the Apple Logo. This will open the System Information panel, and under Graphics/Displays, you will find a “supported” next to your card under the Metal tab.

Once you have ascertained that your card is indeed Metal compatible, users can download macOS Mojave, but it’s recommended that you turn off FileVault before you do. “Many third-party graphics cards won’t show anything on the display when macOS Mojave is starting up, including the Apple logo, and startup progress bar,” the Apple Support note adds. “As a result, you can’t log in to a system that uses FileVault, choose a different startup disk before your Mac boots into macOS, or perform some hardware diagnostics. You’ll need to turn off File Vault and then follow the steps to download and install macOS Mojave on your Mac Pro.”

Learn more at the Apple Support Page here.

About James DeRuvo 801 Articles
Editor in Chief at doddleNEWS. James has been a writer and editor at doddleNEWS for nearly a decade. As a producer/director/writer James won a Telly Award in 2005 for his Short Film "Searching for Inspiration. James is a recovering talk show producer from KABC in Los Angeles, and a weekly guest on the Digital Production Buzz with Larry Jordan.

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