AMD Radeons R9 29..whatever

This wednesday AMD gonna announce online their new videocards, some of them might be able to beat gtx Titan.

OSX 10.9’s amd driver seems to know something about these new cards already

Radeon HD Hawaii XT Prototype
Radeon HD Hawaii PRO Prototype
Radeon HD Hawaii Unknown Prototype

not much tho, but we might hope for osx support sooner than later.


  1. September 28th, 2013 | 10:06 pm

    I wonder if those cards are somehow related to the new Mac Pro (=

  2. toshy
    October 8th, 2013 | 4:06 pm

    The cards are just relabeled HD7xxx Cards – performance is the same, new are only some audio features.

  3. drmechxico
    October 23rd, 2013 | 10:39 pm

    would it be best to get a 7970 OC on the cheap or get an R9 290 for a hackintosh?

    I wonder if mavericks will support the cards without the black screen at boot.

  4. procyon
    October 27th, 2013 | 12:18 pm

    The question is: does the R9 290(X) currently work with Mavericks?

  5. zarac
    October 28th, 2013 | 3:21 pm


    not so sure about that:

  6. Shadowself
    October 28th, 2013 | 5:31 pm

    The 290X is almost certainly NOT a rebranded 7XXX card.

    As procyon asks, the real question is, “Does this work natively with Mavericks?”

    This is closely followed by “What generation Mac Pro can support this card, if Mavericks does support it?”

    Two very interesting questions.

  7. Larry
    November 14th, 2013 | 4:18 am

    I have a md 2010 Mac Pro running Mavericks which I’ve been running the 6870 graphics card without problems for close to a year. Reading several opinions on the “R” series I opted to order a SAPPHIRE R9 280X 3GD5 R which I installed today with no luck out of the box. Mavericks may know something about the R series but not quite enough as of this writing. Any comments suggestions or advice, I would greatly appreciate any feedback whatsoever.

  8. Chpwn
    November 14th, 2013 | 8:46 pm

    What ever happened to APU hackintosh support, eh?

  9. procyon
    November 16th, 2013 | 12:28 am

    Apple has seeded the first beta of OS X Mavericks 10.9.1 to developers. The release asks testers to focus on Mail, >>>>Graphics Drivers<<<< and VoiceOver, though there are no known issues with the release.

  10. Yolanda
    November 18th, 2013 | 8:36 am

    Geforce drivers are not updated in 10.9.1.

  11. Cezar
    November 28th, 2013 | 9:33 am

    Mac Pros have Tahiti based FirePro D500 and D700. Why would they add Hawaii support? BTW, there’s no native support in 10.9.1 for R9 290/290x.

  12. procyon
    December 21st, 2013 | 2:16 am

    “Apple today seeded the first test build of OS X 10.9.2 to registered Mac developers, just three days after the public release of OS X 10.9.1. Apple cites no known issues with the build and asks that developers focus their testing on the following areas: Mail, Messages, VPN, >>>>Graphics Drivers<<<<, and VoiceOver."

    Any new drivers in 10.9.2?

  13. JaBrd
    December 25th, 2013 | 1:59 am

    I’ve been able to get minimal R9 290 support in 10.9 by moving Chameleon into EFI but with no QE/CI support ie no kext.

    I haven’t yet been able to get a kext working in 10.9.2 beta even after adding the device is 0x67b11002 to AMDRadeonX4000.kext — which has a Hawaii section, as well as adding the dev I’d to AMD7000Controller.kext.

    There is very likely someone much more knowledgable than me who can get this working.

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