Unveiled at CES 2019 this may be the computer accessory every Mac and PC user is going to want to own. The Nemeio is the customisable, connected keyboard that uses electronic ink and means that the keyboard can display numerous things, based on templates and customisation.
It is fairly well known that Apple would always rather you buy a computer from them as a completed system. However, this is not always the most cost effective approach for us the computer buying public. Thanks, in part of Apple making the RAM of the new Mac Mini a user serviceable upgrade you can now take advantage of after market RAM and give your machine top spec without the top spec price tag. The team at OWC show you how to upgrade the RAM in your 2018 Mac Mini.
Back in November 2018 we posted an article Got An Nvidia Graphics Card? Considering Upgrading To macOS Mojave? You Need To Read This First. In this article we share some news about the possible appearance of Mojave compatible drivers for Nvidia graphics cards released after the end of 2013.
There is some debate about how easy it is to replace the RAM in the ne Mac Mini 2018. iFixIt say it is easy, ZDNet say it’s not easy. Watch the video or read the step-by-step iFixIt guide and decide for yourself.
Over 5 weeks after Apple released 10.14, new macOS Mojave compatible Web drivers are still not available for Nvidia graphics cards that were released after the end of 2013. With previous macOS releases they were usually out within 24 hours. This is especially relevant here for some Mac Pro cheese-grater owners who wants to upgrade to macOS Mojave.
As well as the Apple Special Event from the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York on October 30, 2018, Apple has also announced new MacBook Pro graphics options that will bring powerful Radeon Pro Vega graphics to MacBook Pro for the first time.
Today at the Apple Special Event from the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York on October 30, 2018, Apple announced a new MacBook Air.
We found a powerful refurbished 12-core Mac Pro 2009 to replace a Mac Pro 2011. The refurb cost us less than the cost of buying an entry level MacBook. Can refurbished Mac Pro 5.1 towers be a suitable “stop gap” solution for those waiting for the next generation Mac Pro Modular? We believe so…
Clickbait titles fill the internet with 'you won't believe what happened next' or 'I was shocked!' For as many media outlets using clickbait titles to get traffic, there are as many idiots who claim something is clickbait if a story didn't live up to their expectation, so how do you title an article when you want to express genuine surprise or shock?
I spoke Mike about it, and we decided screw it, I was shocked when I opened the box, so the title stands - let the keyboard warriors unleash their impotent fury if they must.
With the release of macOS Mojave today, in this article we are sharing up to date information, as we get it from brands and the community, about what pro audio applications and plug-ins that do and don't work with macOS Mojave 10.14 as well as other related issues which affect pro audio users. This article will be constantly updated as the information and compatibility status changes.
Michael Kammes, founder of the 5 Things blog, which he says "is a web series dedicated to answering the 5 burning tech questions you have about technologies and workflows in the media creation space. Tech stuff I dig, and how it’s used.", decided to build a Hackintosh and then compare it to both the iMac Pro and the Mac Pro Late 2013.
In our article Apple Announce New Operating System At WWDC 2018 Called Mojave Apple announced that Mojave would be supported on Macs introduced in mid-2012 or later, plus 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro models as long as they had a recommended Metal-capable graphics cards. This triggered questions from a number of you like Karl Mainzer who asked: “Can you recommend a decent Metal compatible graphics card?” Once I started to research this it became clear it would be better to answer this with a dedicated article.
The first thing to be aware of is that neither of the stock graphics cards used in the cheese-graters, the Radeon 5770 or the Nvidia GeForce GT120 graphics cards are metal compatible. If you wish to use a Mid 2010 or Mid 2012 Mac Pro with macOS Mojave then you will need to upgrade your graphics card if you wish to run Mojave on your cheese-grater.
Which leads to the obvious question that Karl and a number of others have asked on social media. Which card should I upgrade to?
The reality is that definite information is still hard to come by, there doesn’t appear to be any Apple recommended Metal compatible graphics cards. In checking the Apple Support site to try, without success to get the answer from the horse’s mouth, there was a response is from Grant Bennet-Alder who is a Level 9 responder in the Apple Support community who basically quotes a Wikipedia entry...
On macOS, Metal supports Intel HD and Iris Graphics from the HD 4000 series or newer, AMD GCN-based GPUs, and Nvidia Kepler-based GPUs or newer.
AMD Radeon HD 7000, HD 8000, 200, 300, 400 and 500 series
Nvidia - Most GeForce 600 series, most GeForce 700 series, and some GeForce 800M series
As I have already upgraded my graphics card in my 2010 Mac Pro replacing the ATI Radeon HD5770 1024MB graphics card at the recommendation of UK based Create Pro with an AMD R9 280X 3GB card, which is a custom flashed special Mac compatible version. I contacted their tech support and asked them whether my AMD R9 card was Metal compatible and the good news is that it is.
I then asked them for their advice for the situation with other possible cards and they confirmed that neither the ATI Radeon HD5770 and the Nvidia GeForce GT120 graphics card support Metal and so will not support macOS Mojave. Their recommendations are the AMD 5XX series and Nvidia 10XX series. However, they don’t know when Nvidia will release drivers for 10.14 yet so the AMD cards are the best bet as they will work out of the box and they have tested it successfully with the macOS Mojave 10.14 developer beta release.
Looking further afield for information on this Mac Rumours Mac Pro Metal Compatible Card thread there was confirmation of the AMD R9 280X 3GB card that I have as long as it has been flashed for use with a Mac. There are mixed views about the Nvidia GTX680 saying that the 680 Metal drivers are not good, especially with macOS High Sierra, and suggesting that the GeForce GTX TITAN X (Maxwell) or a GTX 1080 (Pascal) are OK with High Sierra,
On another Mac Rumours thread - Best Metal-compatible graphics card for MacPro5,1 (Mid 2010) running High Sierra question again confirmation of the AMD R9 280X 3GB card as well a recommendation to go with AMD cards rather than Nvidia as the AMD cards don’t need drivers.
In the same thread was a recommendation for the Sapphire RX 580 pulse 8gb as apparently, it is plug-and-play in High Sierra, but we have no confirmation of this.
Unfortunately, the AMD R9 280X 3GB card that I have got is no longer a current model but can be found on stores like Amazon and eBay for between £175 and £239 for a custom flashed version for the Mac Pro.
Create Pro are offering the following options in your Create Your Own Cheese-grater Mac Pro page…
- AMD RX 560 4GB (1204 Stream Processors) (OS X 10.13.4+) £245 plus taxes
- AMD RX 570 4GB (2048 Stream Processors) (OS X 10.13.4+) £395 plus taxes
- AMD RX 580 8GB (2304 Stream Processors) (OS X 10.13.4+) £445 plus taxes
- Nvidia GTX 1050Ti 4GB (768 CUDA Cores) (OS X 10.12.4+) £245 plus taxes
- Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB (1920 CUDA Cores) (OS X 10.12.4+) £545 plus taxes
- Nvidia GTX 1070TI 8GB (2423 CUDA Cores) (OS X 10.12.4+) £645 plus taxes
- Nvidia GTX 1080 8GB (2560 CUDA Cores) (OS X 10.12.4+) £745 plus taxes
- Nvidia GTX 1080Ti 11GB (3584 CUDA Cores) (OS X 10.12.4+) £995 plus taxes
So a new AMD RX 560 4GB card looks a cost-effective solution if you want a new graphics card or a secondhand AMD R9 280X 3GB card could be worth considering if you can find one at a good price. Either way, make sure you get one that a custom flashed Mac compatible version. If you don’t, it should still work, but not seeing the boot screen etc could be an issue if you need to select a different startup disk or need to boot on single user mode, or recovery, because these things happen during the startup sequence and before the normal video drivers load. An unflashed PC graphics card won't display anything until the startup sequence is finished.
I hope that helps to answer the question about what maOS Metal compatible graphics card there are out there for Mac Pro 2010 and 2012 cheese-grater computers.
Whilst we are talking about macOS Mojave compatibility if you have any other Mac and you want to know about macOS Mojave compatibility then it would seem that these Macs that should be OK with Mojave are…
- MacBook (Early 2015 or later)
- MacBook Air (Mid-2012 or later)
- MacBook Pro (Mid-2012 or later)
- Mac mini (Late 2012 or later)
- iMac (Late 2012 or later)
- iMac Pro (all models)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013)
- Mac Pro (2010 or later with Metal-compatible GPU)
Because of the need for graphics cards that support Metal with Mojave, the list is even shorter than it was with macOS High Sierra and that rules out the Late 2009 MacBook, the Mid-2010 MacBook Pro, Late 2010 MacBook Air, Mid-2010 Mac mini, and Late 2009 iMac.
Did you use dual displays and stop using them? Do currently use multiple displays in your studio and swear by them or are you somebody that thinks using more than one display in a studio is overkill and utterly pointless? Discuss…
At Production Expert, we are often asked what is the best connectivity format for my new interface? Should I be using USB or Thunderbolt? Should that be Thunderbolt 2 or 3 or USB-C? Well, in this article the team at Audient have set out to clear up some of the common misconceptions about the different types of USB.
One year after inviting a select group of journalists to chat with key Apple personnel, Apple invited TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino back to talk to the Apple team responsible for bringing the new Mac Pro to fruition.
There are a number of rumours that Apple might announce a new Low-Cost MacBook or MacBook Air at their first Education event since 2012 on Tuesday, March 27 at the Lane Tech College Prep High School in Chicago. The media invites sent out last week suggest this event will focus on "creative new ideas for teachers and students."
If you're at all concerned about the implications of the Spectre and Meltdown security vulnerabilities on Intel (and other manufacturers) chips, then this week's news may give you a reason to delay your planned hardware upgrade.