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NVME Driver for OSX

Hello.

It’s announcement of availability of nvme driver for osx.

The driver is done by JimJ and avialable exclusively from MacVidCards.com

You can get the driver here – http://www.macvidcards.com/nvme-driver1.html

It’s osx driver, not efi driver. You can use nvme as data storage, not boot drive.

On hackint0sh side tho nvme could be used for booting if uefi driver for it present.

Big thanks to JimJ for developing this driver.

Enjoy.

Come on Apple, improve your 3d drivers

Few tests with same config (R9 290x, MP3,1, 2×2.8 GHZ cpu) in Unigine Valley. I know this cpu sucks for valley, but it’s enough to compare different OS/drivers.

(Read the article)

First eGPU working with new Mac Pro and Windows

Our friends from California got it first.

An eGPU working with new Mac Pro (the one that looks like trash can) in Windows operating System.

No details yet, check out 3dmark result and some screenshots:

3dmark skydive result

3dmark result

lala

Source

Some Things about OSX 10.11

Metal is available on compatible nvidia devices (not checked ati yet) with both osx driver and official webdriver.

But metal is still not used to render GUI on nvidia (it’s used only on intel igpus).

And as I mentioned previously, final webdriver brings metal support to Maxwell, now just to find what it can be used for.

OSX 10.11 DP5 disables rootless=0 option

Since osx 10.11 dp5 (15A235d) it’s now not possible to disable rootless security by using boot argument rootless=0.

you now have to boot into osx recovery and disable system integrity protection from security settings there.

Is Metal used by OSX 10.11 for rendering?

In short, looks like OSX 10.11 doesn’t use Metal to render anything.

More

Update: Metal seems to be used for gui on Intel graphics.

Metal supported GPU

This info comes from metal driver availability, not from real test

Metal supported card families:

Nvidia – GeForce gtx 4xx and newer
Intel – HD4000 and newer (ivy bridge and newer)
AMD – HD7000 and newer

Some apps to test metal support -= Metal.zip

MetalInfo to show some (very minimal) device Information and MetalTest – simple 3d box rendered with Metal

Example of MetalInfo output:

MetalInfo!
Metal Device Name: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670
Lower Power Device: No
Headless Device: Yes

We have eGPU subform openned

Btw, we have eGPU subform now at forum.netkas.org to tell more about using eGPU in OS X via ThunderBolt

Join us.

egpu mini

El Capitan Obvio

Collecting some information in this post:

iMac (Mid 2007 or newer) • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer) • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer) • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer) • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer) • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer) • Xserve (Early 2009)

kext-dev-mode still works

Nvidia driver is….. still 310.42.05a43 , no love for maxwell

New root-less security is based on sandboxing shell and its commands, so you can’t edit system files even if you a root and file has 755 mode

files are editable if you boot yosemite

To disable rootless mode set boot argument rootless=0

You can still set boot-args with sudo nvram even in rootless mode.

No Metal for pre-Fermi nvidia cards

OpenGL still at level 4.1

What’s inside new rMBP ?

Found a screenshot of new rMBP with amd card inside:

Device-id is 6821, looking at it’s closest brother 6820 – https://pci-ids.ucw.cz/read/PC/1002/6820

It’s mobile variant of cape verde chip that’s found in radeon hd 7770.
640 shaders, 16 ROPs, 40 TMUs, 128-bit bus.

And, just x8 pcie ?

Well, x8 pcie 3.0 would be equal to x16 pcie 2.0, but why?

The cpu has total of 16 pcie 3.0 lanes, x8 to gpu, two of x4 to TB controllers?

gtx 750ti is much faster than hd7770, cosuming less power, if only apple would include gm107 into new rmbps…

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