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HD 7950
Mac Edition

Mac / HDMI / mini-DisplayPort / DVI-I / PCIe
Throw your Mac into overdrive
The HD 7950 Mac Edition is based on AMD's latest Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. This highly acclaimed architecture delivers a significant graphics performance boost for Mac Pro users in a wide range of applications including gaming, audio or video editing and content creation. For example, gaming frame rates are increased by over 200%, general benchmark performance increased by around 30% and graphics intensive benchmarks increased by as much as 300% compared with the NV 8800GT commonly used in these machines.

The HD 7950 Mac Edition is compatible with Apple Mac Pro models from 2009 and later with an available PCI-Express x16 slot. Two six-pin power cables required are supplied with the card. A driver disk is provided which enables the card to be used with Mac OS X 10.7.5 (Lion), 10.8.2 (Mountain Lion) or later.

The HD 7950 Mac Edition can also be used in the latest PC architectures. It has Dual Firmware support via a simple Firmware (Dual BIOS) switch. In one position the Sapphire HD 7950 Mac Edition supports Mac OS X/Windows under non-UEFI compliant mode and in the other it supports Windows with UEFI hybrid firmware enabled. A Windows driver disk is also included.
28 nm GCN (Graphic Core Next) Architecture
The new and 28nm GCN Architecture with more efficient process technology puts more transistors in less space, enabling a dramatic increase in Processing Power. Crank the settings, devastate your enemies and bear witness to absurdly high frame rates with AMD Radeon HD7000 series graphics card-DirectX 11 has never looked this good. Maximum setting and crazy performance shouldn't be a compromise. The AMD Radeon HD7900 Series with the new 28 nm GCN Architecture assures that it's not.
AMD HD3D Technology
Enjoy the most immersive experience possible with full support for High Definition Stereoscopic 3D, a technique that presents 2D images (movies, games, photos) in a format that creates the illusion of three-dimensional depth when using compatible 3D displays / glasses / software.
AMD Stream Technology
Accelerate the most demanding applications with AMD Stream technology and do more with your PC. AMD Stream Technology allows you to use the teraflops of compute power locked up in your graphics processer on tasks other than traditional graphics such as video encoding, at which the graphics processor is many, many times faster than using the CPU alone.
OpenGL 4.2
OpenGL 4.2 improves the GPU efficiency by improving the shader process operation and capturing GPU tessellated geometry. The process of modifying an arbitrary subset of compress texture is also simplified. The memory management in handling shaders is more efficient as well.
Dolby® TrueHD and DTSHD Master Audio™ Support
Support for copy protected, high bandwidth, 7.1 channel surround sound over HDMI. Get a fully immersive, high definition audio experience with the latest Blu-ray movies. (Requires a DVI to HDMI dongle on some models, an HD capable monitor and a Blu-ray drive)
Video Trade in
Save money by trading in your original video card! View available rebates.
From the purchase date of qualifying video card from OWC, you have 60 days to trade-in your old video card for a cash rebate!
Just fill out OWC's online rebate form or contact OWC Customer Service after you receive and install your new video card.

Product Specifications:

Sapphire Part Number

  • 100352MAC

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.7.5 or later, Mac OS X 10.8.2 or later
  • CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive for installing software
  • 2 GB RAM

Resolution

  • DisplayPort: 3840x2160 maximum reoslution per display
  • Dual-link DVI: 2560x1600 maximum reoslution
  • HDMI 1.4a: 3840x2160 maximum resolution
  • Note: 3840 x 2160 resolutions require OS 10.9 or better for best performance

Ports

  • 1 x HDMI (with 3D)
  • 2 x Mini-DisplayPort
  • 1 x Dual-Link DVI-I

GPU

  • 800 MHz Core Clock
  • 28 nm Chip
  • 1792 x Stream Processors

Video Memory

  • 3072 MB Size
  • 384 -bit GDDR5
  • 5000 MHz Effective

Dimensions

  • 11.0" x 4.3" x 1.4" (279 x 110 x 35 mm)

Warranty

Manufacturer provided specifications for Sapphire p/n 100352MAC UPC#: 840777060742

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This card is compatible with... Learn how to find your Mac's model ID
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Mid 2010 Quad-Core)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.8GHz, 3.2GHz, 3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 6-Core
(Mid 2010-2012)
(July, 2010 / June 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.4GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 12-Core
(Mid 2010-2012)
(July, 2010 / June 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.40GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.06GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Early 2009 Quad-Core)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: MacPro4,1
2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Early 2009 8-Core)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: MacPro4,1
2.26GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz

Benchmarks

2010/2012 Mac Pro GPU Shootout - Photoshop Sharpen Time in Seconds (Lower is Better) Included Items

2009 Mac Pro GPU Shootout - Photoshop Sharpen Time in Seconds (Lower is Better) Included Items

Further performance testing in our Rocket Yard article has revealed a big performance boost on previous generation Mac Pros with this card and a quick comparisson summary can be found here.

Includes

Included Items
  • Video Card
  • DVI to VGA Adapter
  • Mini DP to DP Adapter
  • Two 6 pin power cables
  • User Manual

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.5 / 5 46 out of 48 (96%) reviewers would recommend this product
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Reviewer: DieselRon Location: Moline, IL Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Works well with no fuss July 6, 2018 Bought this for a 2010 midyear Mac Pro with three 24 inch monitors to speed up graphics work from the machine's original GPU. Unit works fine. I liked not having to mess with drivers. While there may be newer and faster GPU's around this one is pretty sweet.

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Reviewer: AndersonMello Location: Brazil Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Just plug and play ! June 20, 2018 I replaced the old ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB video card with this Sapphire HD 7950 3 GB video card and all operation was just plug and play! I am using a Mac Pro mid 2010 5.1, OS X 10.13.5. No need for modifications, install drivers, etc. Just removed one card and installed the new one. BTW, a tip for photographers like me using Capture One Pro 11.1.1, it works perfectly with Open CL hardware acceleration.

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Reviewer: DelttaIV Location: Bahrain Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 The last of THE May 20, 2018 The last GPU for the Mac Pro, how sad it is :(

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Reviewer: OpenWater Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 DELIGHTED!!! April 3, 2018 After my original graphics card died, I was able to find this at OWC. It was super easy to install, runs my mid-2010 PowerMac perfectly, and is somewhat quieter than the original. I hope those of you who still need one can find one.

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Reviewer: robsor Location: montesano, wa Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 easy install March 27, 2018 works great

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Reviewer: AVguy Location: Europe Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Works as expected with one exception March 20, 2018 Replacing a dead ATI HD 5770 card in my Mac Pro 5,1 I expected this card to give my graphic experience a boost. Rendering in FCPX or using the stabilisation tool really got faster and the rest for me was "just working again" as before. The exception that I didn't expect was that there was no sound going to my second monitor (a Sony TV) through HDMI anymore, although the specs on the OWC website stated even surround sound. Once I got over that fact this card is the only real replacement to put into a Mac Pro. Two things to mention: You don't need to install any driver (though the manual tells you to do so) and check that the very tiny switch is in the correct position (Mac not PC!). Mine was NOT - glad I checked before installing it.

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Response from MacSales.com, Call Center March 21, 2018 Hello! I am very sorry about the no sound through the HDMI port issue you are experiencing. This is a limitation with Apple not allowing audio to pass over HDMI on non-Apple cards. We will be working on getting the specifications updated right away.
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Reviewer: FAAR Location: Austin, TX Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 great upgrade from the stock video card January 24, 2018 the Sapphire HD 7950 Mac Edition video card was a great upgrade from the stock video card in my mid-2010 MacPro. it just worked right out of the box. i didn't even need to install drivers on either of my 2 partitions. running OS 10.13 on one and OS 10.8 on the other.

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Reviewer: HelloFromAtlanta Location: Atlanta, GA Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 It's a graphics card. January 2, 2018 Performs well. Includes all necessary cables. Installed quickly. Recognized natively with uefi. Running with High Sierra. No complaints.

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Reviewer: JimTheBrewer Location: Cape Canaveral, FL Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Video Card, Extended Useful life of my MacPro December 17, 2017 Took a shot at installing this to improve performance of MacPro while using Laminar X-Plane. The addition of this card improved performance considerably. This truly extended to life of my 2009 MacPro. This with other OWC upgrades, SSD Drives, Memory and USB 3.0 card have kept this computer humming for a very long time.

There is a weird flicker every once and a while but the minimal annoyance is well worth the payoff.

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Reviewer: Loco Location: Lausanne, Switzerland Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 So far so good October 24, 2017 Good GPU for my old MacPro 4.1 which brings back speed with dual screens

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Reviewer: ScottP Location: Seattle WA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Good, with caveats July 27, 2017 The card is fast, too fast for in fact for Yosemite. You'll experience lags in streaming and other apps like Photoshop. Sierra has the appropriate drivers to make it work, so if you haven't already upgraded, you'll need to. I currently have it running two DELL 4k monitors, and its working wonderfully. Some photoshop lags I experienced with the ATI Radeon 5770 have gone away.

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Reviewer: MacSatisfied Location: New, York Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Easy to Install April 9, 2017 Easy to install, no driver needed on a Mac Pro 2010, MacOS 10.12.4 Gives an old Mac the graphic processing boost it needs, very quiet, smooth operation. (reco: max out your old Mac with ram)

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Reviewer: WaybackMachine Location: Michigan Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Excellent upgrade for Nehalem Mac Pro March 26, 2017 It's working fine, runs a lot faster than the stock card. Also quieter.

Very slight flaw is that the instructions could be a bit clearer about how the power cables are attached to the motherboard.

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Reviewer: Annapolitan Location: Annapolis, MD Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great card good price March 19, 2017 Triple vram in older Mac Pro. Great update. Highly recommended

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Reviewer: eanbadean Location: Boston, MA Age: 55-65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Extended life for an old Mac Pro March 15, 2017 My old Mac Pro tower had a graphics card that was badass back in the day... This card has triple the VRAM and the performance improvement is obvious. Renders video much more quickly. No drivers required. It took longer to uninstall the NVIDIA drivers for the old card than it did to install this new one. A bit pricey, but worth it for my work. YMMV.

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Reviewer: film2b Location: CA Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Powerfull Video Card January 5, 2017 I installed this card in my Mac Pro 2010 and my photographs have never looked better.

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Reviewer: SimChris Location: Torrance, Calif. Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 Great upgrade for 2009/12 Mac Pro and 4K January 1, 2017 Wanted a 32-inch 4K display for my music studio to replace 27-inch Apple Cinema Display (new 4K same price as 2K, so why not!). So, added this card to my 2009 8-core Mac Pro bought from Apple in 2011 (flashed to 5,1 and upgraded to 12 core to make 2012 model, technically).

This works great with BENQ 32-inch 4K display.

CAVEAT: had lots of 'sync' problems with mini-dp to DP, and min-dp to mini-dp. Solution was to get Cable Matters Gold Plated DVI-D Dual Link Cable with Ferrites 10 Feet; and amazing fix.

So, if you run into the "flashing" issue with mini-DP to DP cable, get the dual link DVI-D.

With Geekbench 4, the video score went from 22,737 with an Apple 5570 card to 88,635 with this card. The GT120 I started with isn't even worth testing for speed ;-)

https://browser.geekbench.com/user/31548

Great solution from MacSales/OWC as always. Upgraded SSDs, upgraded RAID over eSATA/6g, upgraded PCI+SSD/6G. AWESOME!!! :-)

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Reviewer: RRESEDA Location: Reseda, CA
Rating: 5/5 This Graphic Card is great! December 2, 2016 I would recommend this item to a friend! This review is from Sapphire HD 7950 Mac Edition Graphics Card for Apple Mac Pro 2009, 2010-2012 Models.. Customer Videos:
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Reviewer: NOTAGOODUSER Location: Taiwan Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 It works though I did not feel change November 13, 2016 I used early 2009 mac Pro with 2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon and 32GB 1066MHz DDR3 RAM. I already changed my system HD to SSD 480GB. I used to upgrade my graphic card from ATI Radeon HD 4870 to ATI Radeon HD 5870, which I bought from apple store in 2012. The older HD4870 still worked on the other computer for window system till now. HD5870 broke, so I bought this product. In fact, I could not find any other place to buy a new graphic card suitable to my aging Mac Pro, which just said bye bye to the update of the latest macOS. I used Bridge and cameraRAW CS6 to figured out my RAW files of photography. I did not feel change between 5870 and 7950 except I heard the sound of fan more frequentIy. Probably I should take time to clean my Mac Pro. I tried to learn Lightroom 6 recently. I found the managing velocity of Lightroom was a little too slow compared to the camera RAW. I did not had experience of Lightroom with HD5870. Maybe my CPU affected this more.

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Reviewer: MagicTiger Location: Texas Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Great card, no driver needed... November 12, 2016 This card works great in my 2010 Mac Pro (8 core). It didn't need a drive unlike the NVIDIA card ti replaced.It's currently driving a single 4k refurb TV.

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Reviewer: Giho Location: Seoul, Korea Age: 25-34 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 3/5 It's good for my mac pro 2012 but has problem with 10.9 macos November 8, 2016 It's great for 4k monitor. I just feel so great cuz i can use my 4k monitor with proper resolution of display. But it has problem with my 10.9. Upper right side can't display well. it has some distortion.. graphic error. i don't know why.

On 10.10, 10.11, It's great !!!!!

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Reviewer: Jetjock Location: Illinois Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Faster processing in Photoshop and Lightroom September 20, 2016 I have a 2011 Mac Pro that has received many upgrades, The last was replacing the stock video card with the Sapphire 7950 graphics card. OWC's trade-in deal went smoothly and quickly. It made the Sapphire's cost more affordable.

The Sapphire is a good addition to my E2 PCI Express SSD upgrade and makes Photoshop and Lightroom much faster now (my primary apps on this Mac). These upgrades will extend the useful life of this 2011 machine many years. I prefer the Mac Pro platform over some of the newer machines for ease of upgradeability and usefulness. OWC has all the hardware to make my old computer run like a new one, at much less cost.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: seattle, wa Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Wow! August 4, 2016 By adding this GPU to my MacPro(2009) I've maxed out performance. A big surprise was how quiet it is. Once I realized there are two power connections (user error) the device works beautifully. It was easy to install.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Elgin, Il Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Very fast graphics card... July 26, 2016 This card made my FCPX scream. Motion 5 too. Photoshop was a bit disappointing. Overall this is a great card even for the high price. And OWC's speed and service were outstanding...

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Vancouver, BC Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Easy Upgrade June 2, 2016 An update I wanted to make to existing 3D software was not possible with out an upgrade to my video card. Thanks to OWC's extensive information about what my upgrade options were for my mid 2010 Mac Pro tower and their installation instructions and videos, this upgrade was easier than expected.

I also appreciated the opportunity to have OWC take care of re-purposing my old video card to help reduce electronic waste.

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Sapphire HD 7950 Mac Edition Mfr P/N: 100352MAC OWC SKU: SAP100352MAC 3GB of GDDR5 memory, PCI Express 3.0, two Mini DisplayPort, one HDMI, and one dual-link DVI-I port. Up to 3840 x 2160 resolution. 2 Year OWC Fulfilled Limited Warranty Ships: Same Day Only $549.99OWC Price $479.99
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