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Sapphire

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 GCN architecture, delivering a significant graphics performance boost for Mac Pro users in a wide range of applications including gaming, video editing and content creation. Graphics intensive benchmarks improve 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, as well as the latest PC architectures. With Dual Firmware support, the Sapphire HD 7950 Mac Edition is compatible with Mac OS X/Windows under non-UEFI compliant mode and Windows with UEFI hybrid firmware enabled.
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
AMD Stream Technology allows you to use the teraflops of compute power locked up in your graphics process0r 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

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 4.4 / 5 39 out of 41 (95%) reviewers would recommend this product
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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! 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.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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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...

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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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.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: NYC Age: 35-44 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 brings life to pre-2013 mac pros April 9, 2016 I purchased this card for a 2009 MacPro as an upgrade from a 5770 model that was one of two upgrade cards available at the time. this was 2 years ago. the card continues to keep my 2009 MP running smoothly. In conjunction with OWC's Mercury Accelsior SSD Blades, SSD's and 16gigs of Ram - it runs comparable to my 2013 iMac.

*My experience with gaming in bootcamp on windows 7 -- this performs slightly better than on OS X 10.11. Personally, i'd like to gripe that this has to do with apple's drivers vs windows drivers. Also, like any fan, this can be very audible on high processing.

Though pricey vs the PC counterpart - i would recommend this for anyone trying to extend the life of their pre-2013 MacPros.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Offutt AFB, Nebraska Age: 18-24 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 One BEAST of a card March 18, 2016 So first things first: My system: Mac Pro Server Mid 2012: 2 x 3.06GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon I've owned this card for over a year now. This card outperforms the original ATI Radeon HD 5770 I had in my Mac Pro Server by a long shot. The card has 2 Mini DisplayPorts, 1 HDMI Port, and 1 Dual Link DVI port. I get Audio (under El Capitan) through both HDMI and Mini DisplayPorts. It handles both of my 27-inch Apple LED Cinema Displays at the same time without a hitch. This card is just as quiet as the original. I like the way it looks inside my system as well, although a grey or silver would've looked better.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Worcester, MA Age: 25-34 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Nitrous-Oxide for your Older MacPro March 8, 2016 I purchased this Sapphire HD Mac Edition as a replacement for the GT120 GPU in my Late 2009 MacPro (2x2.26 GHz, 16GB RAM). The installation was a breeze and I immediately noticed an improvement in my video playback—namely GoPro clips and a few choice games. There was also a notable performance improvement in Adobe Premiere Pro CC after I adjusted the preferences to recognize the OpenGL GPU.

The MacPro towers, although discontinued, have tremendous potential for upgrading components and the Sapphire was a worthwhile expenditure. I recommend this GPU for anyone seeking to extend the life of their older model MacPro.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: NYC Age: 45-54 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Very Quiet February 13, 2016 First, if you've never replaced the video card on the MacPro 2010 model, I would recommend looking at one of the the YouTube videos which show the installation of the HD 7950. I don't think I can link to it, but I saw a video by someone named DJAJ101 and it was perfect (I had called OWC and, while my rep was very polite, he wasn't much help and forwarded me an OWC video which was of even less help because it didn't tell you how to remove and replace the card :-) The YouTube video is better than the manual provided by Sapphire which could just be clearer about this simple process).

Second, once installed the Mac recognized the card and all seems well. It's very quiet. Of course, I've only had the card installed for 24 hours so I can't comment about quality or durability or how much performance has improved. I want to hold onto this MacPro for as long as possible (it's just so easy to get inside and add/replace stuff) and while my former card was working fine I figured a power boost couldn't hurt.

Of course, the shipping and ordering from OWC was very easy, as I've come to expect.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Smooth experience from placing order to boot-up with new card February 2, 2016 My system: mac pro (mid 2010) running OS X El Capitan 1) Delivery was prompt. 2) Installation went smoothly thanks to Customer Service who responded quickly to my phone inquiry regarding a particular sequence 3) upon boot up of computer, everything worked first time. notes A- drivers are already installed in OS X 10.11.3, so no need to attempt to install from cd. confirmed by customer support B- the included two power supply cables are required for this card. confirmed by customer support

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Texas Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 4/5 It Just Works... January 1, 2016 I've been sitting on a decision to upgrade my Mac Pro's video card for more than a year until I could not wait any longer. My system is a Mac Pro Mid 2010 with eight cores and 24 GB RAM. I use Mavericks and Windows 10 on a separate hard drive( in BootCamp). My reluctance was due to the uncertainty of the 7950 working under BootCamp. Also I had heard people with issues from the card's Windows/Mac mode switch and other odd production issues. Well. the OWC order process was seamless. I got the card in like three days, installed it fine and did not touch the Mode Switch. Mavericks did not require drivers that came from the included CD. OS X had them already. The big concern was Windows. I booted into Windows 10 and noticed Windows did not have the proper driver. The screen resolution was big. So I went to the place where Hardware Devices are under My Computer Properties and told it to look for changes. Windows found the new video card and updated the driver. I relied on its judgement to find the right drivers.

The Sapphire HD 7950 Mac Edition works flawlessly in both Mavericks and Windows. I play GTA V and it rocks!. I also use Premiere Pro and After Effects CS 6 on the Mac side without any issues. I lucked out. The card I got was flawless. I highly recommend this video card to any old time Mac user who wants to add new life to their tower Mac Pro.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Tacoma, WA Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 4/5 Solid upgrade for my Mac Pro 5,1 November 29, 2015 First let me talk about the positives with this card. This card is a BEAST. Not only for performance but sheer weight. It’s easily half-again heavier than the stock card. The card easily drives a 4k monitor like my Samsung U28E590D with great looking color. The installation into my MacPro 5,1 was straightforward with a solid fit, also.

And for those of you wondering if it works with El Capitan: YES it works with El Capitan and Yosemite..

Now for a some caveats:

First. there is NO HDMI Audio with the card for Yosemite without a hack that will no longer work with El Capitan (thanks to SIP on El Capitan). Apple now only supports kernel extensions for the cards that *it* sold or with chipsets that *it* supports. So while the stock video card HDMI audio worked well, the Sapphire does not at all.

Next, This is not an Apple-endorsed card or one that apple sold. You will find that when you run the Apple Hardware Test with this card installed the AHT will fail with an error like this:

Alert! Apple Hardware Test has detected an error.

4SNS/1/C0000008: Te1S—124

This error after some research on Google shows that it is failing a PCI sensor test. Further research also shows the underlying reason: The sensor and EFI system doesn’t recognize this card so it generates an error basically saying something “doesn’t look right”. Other hardware diagnostic tools available for the mac will show that after the computer starts everything is working as expected including PCI sensors.

Finally there’s one more problem - you might find that the card fails EFI boot and the Mac “chime” sound on startup echoes and echoes requiring another power down and restart. This will depend on the screen you’re using and the port on the card. While the card supports Display Port 1.2 (and is backward-compatible with DP 1.1) the Mac Pro EFI implementation in the older macs does not recognize DP 1.2 at all and DP 1.1 is a bit half-baked based on my tests. The result is that DP 1.1 can be a bit iffy depending on the display screen being used. In the case of my Samsung display that was the case. The end fix for me was to use an HDMI cable with the display. Your own results may vary of course.

All in all, this is a great upgrade to the stock cards and will add years to your Mac Pro.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Torrance, Ca Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Home User Owned Product: 3-4 months
Rating: 5/5 Great Graphic card November 29, 2015 I upgrade from time to time just because. OWC always seems to have what I want. OWC is a class act. Quality stuff , very helpful at reasonable prices. I have sent countless people to

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Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 35-44 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 4/5 Great bang for buck September 25, 2015 Installed in a Mac Pro 5,1 and have had no issues. Benchmarks before and after show tremendous difference from the stock card. I. Run three 30" displayport monitors so the port configuration is ideal. No heat problems, no compatibility problems. There may be other faster, more expensive cards out there now, but this is a great "fire and forget" graphics upgrade for the Mac Pro.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: CMH
Rating: 5/5 It works in my 2010 MacPro MC561LL/A August 11, 2015 It works in my 2010 MacPro MC561LL/A. I use it with 2 Apple monitors, both via the mini DisplayPort. Need I say more?

P.S. I recommend this video card but I never wrote "recommend to a friend". OWC made that up.

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Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Los Angeles Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 As always great service from OWC July 24, 2015 ordered the card in the morning and receive it the next day.

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Sapphire HD 7950 Mac Edition Mfr P/N: 100352MAC MacSales.com SKU: SAP100352MAC2 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 $549.99
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