OSX 10.10 adds support for Radeon R290X

R9 290X works out of box, R9 290 will need few dev-id injections, to AMD8000Controller and AMDRadeonX4000.kext

You can enable it partially in OSX 10.9, 2d only mode, with output and res change but without acceleration/3d

copy these kexts from 10.10 to 10.9



  1. Yolanda
    June 4th, 2014 | 11:55 pm

    So AMD9000Controller.kext is for future cards?)

  2. Gershwin
    June 8th, 2014 | 2:38 am

    What about the R7s ?

  3. Ngodichat
    June 8th, 2014 | 6:08 am

    Hi, thanks for your information.
    I am using a MSI R9 290 gaming 4G with Mac OS X 10.9.3. I tried to follow your instructions but my OS can only detect the graphics card is ATI’s but cannot fully recognize it. I edited the AMD8000Controller.kext file and the AMDRadeonX4000.kext file but nothing happened.
    Please give me more details to make it work. Thanks a lot!

  4. Anonymous
    June 9th, 2014 | 6:09 am

    Hopeful that they will add R9 290 (Non-X) later on … 😛

  5. paco73rivera
    June 11th, 2014 | 1:46 pm

    Help me pelase i need the kext for my HD 6970

  6. Sven
    June 12th, 2014 | 10:15 am

    So, do you think it’s safe to buy a R9 290 (non X) now and it will work OK (and with nice performance) with 10.10 with some dev-id injections?

  7. Marc
    July 13th, 2014 | 6:29 am

    And the R7’s? o:

  8. nextech
    November 18th, 2014 | 3:28 pm

    We purchased several of the Sapphire Tri-X R9 290 graphics cards to upgrade the old Radeon HD 2600XT graphics cards.

    Has anyone managed to get the Sapphire Tri-X R9 290 (SKU ID: 11227-00-40G) working in a 2008-2012 Apple Mac Pro?

    If I go into the “Graphics/Displays” Hardware section it shows that the Sapphire card (in Slot 2) is installed, but it only displays the name “Display”.

    The properties of the Sapphire Tri-X R9 290 graphics card are:
    Vendor: ATI (0x1002)
    Device ID: 0x67b1
    Revision ID: 0x0000
    Kernel Extension Info: No Kext Loaded

    Any ideas as to how to install hardware drivers to get these graphics cards to work properly in OS X 10.10 Yosemite and to enable GPU hardware support in OS X and also enable HDMI Audio?

    A similar thread on Apple’s forum can be found here:

    Has anyone managed to get the Sapphire R9 290 to work on the 2008-2012 Apple Mac Pro in OSX 10.10 Yosemite?

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  10. February 21st, 2015 | 7:53 pm


    I saw your post on apple’s support forum.

    You’re not going to like this answer, but I think you should just get rid of the R9 290s (all 160 of them. Ouch.) and get the R9 290x, which people seem to have working in 10.10.

  11. nhooey
    March 1st, 2015 | 6:56 pm

    Has anyone done any 3D benchmarks with the R290X in OS 10.10?

    Has anyone got the R290 working with the dev ID injections mentioned in the original post?

  12. netkas
    March 2nd, 2015 | 3:19 pm

    Hi nhooey

    290x is great for opencl workloads. as fast as gtx980

    but for opengl/3d it’s being a bit slow, in valley benchmark it’s equal to 7970. maybe it’s my c2q cpu in 2008 MP.

  13. Azzurri75
    July 11th, 2015 | 11:41 pm

    I have a Mac Pro 3.1 (2008 model) for which I recently purchased the Radeon Sapphire R9 290x. I understand that in order to have the card detected from boot I would need to have it flashed. Can anyone help me with this as I have an extremely important project to finish? Thank you in advance.

  14. Tom01
    September 6th, 2015 | 7:22 pm

    The GIGABYTE R9 290X WindForce 3X OC 4 GB is working on OS X 10.10.3 oob with EFI-Boot-Partition.

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