New signs of upcoming 7900/7800/7700 drivers

From 10.8 DP1 ATIRadeonX3000.kext:

0116610 T _Cail_CapeVerde_InitializePowerGating
00116485 T _Cail_CapeVerde_PowerGatingControl
00115f62 T _Cail_CapeVerde_SetUvdPowerGating
0026a770 d _Pitcairn_HwConstants
0026a7d0 d _Pitcairn_RLC

as well as Tahiti functions.
It’s not the complete driver yet, but signs of something being cooked.

Also, X1000 drivers are absent now and x2000/x3000 drivers is 32 and 64-bit still.


  1. gallaxya
    February 16th, 2012 | 11:25 pm

    hello and great job as always!
    any news on a working patch in 10.7.3 for nvidia cards like 435M?

  2. pr0ton
    February 16th, 2012 | 11:32 pm

    Sounds like a worthy upgrade for me.

  3. a Martin
    February 17th, 2012 | 1:08 am

    So you think it will take that long (summer, whatever that means) until we’ll see 7xxx support in Mac OS X?

    A bit sad I think – I was hoping for sooner, but I guess that’s the way it is…

  4. Rominator
    February 17th, 2012 | 1:13 am

    I can confirm that 7970 by itself in 10.8 doesn’t load extensions in a 4,1/5,1

    February 17th, 2012 | 2:51 am

    Any hints about improved OpenGL support, ie. OpenGL 3.3 or 4.x?

  6. Rominator
    February 17th, 2012 | 3:14 am

Renderer: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470 OpenGL Engine
Vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
Memory: 1280 MB
Version: 3.2 NVIDIA-8.0.7
Device: MacPro5,1
Shading language version: 1.50

Max texture size: 16384 x 16384
Max texture coordinates: 0
Max vertex texture image units: 16
Max texture image units: 16
Max geometry texture units: 16
Max anisotropic filtering value: 16
Max viewport size: 16384 x 16384
Max Viewports: 16
Max Clip Distances: 8
Max samples: 8

Extensions: 15


    Core features
    v3.0 (100 % – 23/23)
v3.1 (100 % – 7/7)
v3.2 (100 % – 10/10)
v3.3 (22 % – 2/9)
v4.0 (0 % – 0/13)
v4.1 (20 % – 1/5)
v4.2 (0 % – 0/12)

    OpenGL driver version check (Current: 3.2 NVIDIA-8.0.7, Latest known: 2.1 NVIDIA-8.0.7):
Latest version of display drivers found

    According the database, you are running the latest display drivers for your video card.

    Few texture units found
This may slow down some applications using fragment programs or extensive texture mapping.

  7. Morris P bird
    February 17th, 2012 | 7:08 am

    does it look likely that 7970 will be native and in the new Mac Pros? i got a 6970 only because i thought it had native support to be disappointed 🙁 i hope it doesn’t happen again as I’m leaving this computer with my Sister and Parents that need a native as possible experience.

  8. Yolanda
    February 17th, 2012 | 7:28 am

    Which NVdiai driver version Apple ship with 10.8?

  9. February 17th, 2012 | 8:37 am

    @Yolanda it is waaaay to early to tell.

    And I sure do hope they fully support the 7970 by release, that would allow me to ditch my secondary card (6870).

    February 17th, 2012 | 4:27 pm


    Thanks for this. I guess we’ll have to hope that GLView simply hasn’t been updated to detect the OpenGL changes yet like what happened with Lion rather than there being little progress as your capture seems to indicate.

  11. Yolanda
    February 17th, 2012 | 4:27 pm

    NVidia driver is 8.0.7 295A.90.00a06, so it’s frim 295.XX line, the latest which available for Windows and Linux as beta.

  12. February 18th, 2012 | 2:31 pm

    Netkas please help me

    ati mobility radeon hd 5850 kext for lion

    this card not working on the osx_86 lion 10.7.3

    please help.

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  15. Sebastian
    March 8th, 2012 | 11:37 am

    So if I install ML beta now, with the 7970 card, I would not be able to boot? What about Lion? How can I get this stuff working?

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  17. Ghost Rider
    April 5th, 2012 | 1:32 am

    but please consider the rieditate 1000.kext mountain lion?? maybe downgradando open GL?? would be WONDERFUL! many of us are waiting for us … strong guys let’s see what stuff you are made;)

  18. TD Trader
    November 17th, 2012 | 3:59 pm

    Could you please update/release the graphics drivers and latest Catalyst 12.11 Software for OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion for the Radeon HD 7970 graphics cards?

  19. nextech
    November 17th, 2012 | 9:31 pm

    Need graphics drivers and Catalyst 12.11 Software for OS X 10.8.2 Mountain Lion (to support Radeon HD 7970 Graphics cards)

    Operating System
    -64-bit, OS X 10.8.2

    Graphics Cards (all twelve)
    XFX Double D Radeon HD 7970 (FX797ATDFC)
    XFX Double D Radeon HD 7970 Black Edition (FX797ATDBC)
    XFX Double D Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (FX797GTDFC) **
    Diamond Radeon HD 7970 (7970PE53G)
    Diamond Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (7970PE53GHZ) **
    Diamond Radeon HD 7970 Double Black Diamond Edition (7970PE53GDD)
    ASUS Radeon HD 7970 (HD7970-DC2-3GD5)
    ASUS Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (MATRIX-HD7970-P-3GD5)
    SAPPHIRE Vapor-X Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition (100351VXSR)
    SAPPHIRE Radeon HD 7970 (100351SR)
    GIGABYTE Radeon HD 7970 (GV-R797OC-3GD)
    MSI Radeon HD 7970 (R7970)

    Please also add graphics and hardware acceleration for H.264/H.265, and OpenCL

    Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)

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