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 -=

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

Example of MetalInfo output:

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


  1. June 9th, 2015 | 3:18 am

    […] requirements are also fairly high. An initial driver take apart has found that a GeForce GTX 400, Intel HD4000, or AMD 7000 series GPU is required. Unless it was […]

  2. cmf
    June 10th, 2015 | 12:38 pm

    I don’t think Fermi GPUs are supported, there is no mention of Fermi (or Maxwell for that matter) in GeForceMTLDriver, just Kepler functions. And GeForceAIRPlugin only has a libdevice for sm_30 and sm_35.
    I’d guess Nvidia can and will support Maxwell in a driver update (CUDA NVVM uses the same sm_35 libdevice for Maxwell, so GeForceAIRPlugin shouldn’t be a problem), but I doubt there will be Fermi support.

    For Intel, I can confirm that HD 4000 works. HD 5000 and BDW should as well (there are drivers for these).

    Can’t say anything about AMD.

  3. adamb
    June 10th, 2015 | 7:20 pm

    thank you for these tools, I have been searching everywhere… On my Mid 2012 Macbook these demo apps activates my secondary GPU, can you prepare build that uses Metal, but requests integrated GPU? or iterate over GPUs?


  4. acool
    June 11th, 2015 | 9:51 am

    На gtx460 не работает

  5. Anthony
    June 11th, 2015 | 8:01 pm

    The Metal app doesn’t seem to start the 2nd GPU of my Mac Pro at all.

    Currently running 60 copies of the app and only 1 of the 2 D700s is under load.

    Is there a more complicated demo that can be made. Textured versions with a way of spawning more cubes?


  6. Fotis
    June 13th, 2015 | 11:03 am

    Last login: Sat Jun 13 13:01:01 on ttys000
    /Users/fotis/Downloads/Metal/MetalInfo ; exit;
    Makis:~ fotis$ /Users/fotis/Downloads/Metal/MetalInfo ; exit;
    No Metal Device Found
    Saving session…completed.

    What does it mean?

  7. June 13th, 2015 | 2:30 pm

    Will be able to run OSX 11 without Metal GPU support? older GPU like nvidia GT210 or GTX275? Thanks for the answer.

  8. oZen
    June 13th, 2015 | 9:07 pm


    It seems you don’t have a supported GPU… -> No Metal Device Found
    At least for the moment… Need to hope for a better driver support (AMD, Nvidia, Intel) or Apple support (with the next betas maybe)

  9. npwski
    June 14th, 2015 | 11:46 am

    to Acool:
    Fermi GT430 [GF108, 10de:0de1] at Beta-1 (15A178w)
    MetalInfo tells that device is supported “Metal Device Name: NVIDIA GeForce GT 430”
    MetalTest hangs with artifacts. Maybe it will be fine in later builds of El Capitan.

  10. fabio1971
    June 20th, 2015 | 3:02 pm

    test run:
    Metal Device Name: Intel Iris Pro Graphics
    Lower Power Device: No
    Headless Device: Yes

  11. June 21st, 2015 | 2:47 pm

    […] also has a list of supported GPUs according to the current drives of DP1. […]

  12. jaje
    June 24th, 2015 | 12:08 am


    is there any way to bypass supported cards checking function?

    I mean, I have a HD5770 which it works OOB but according to the note, must have HD7000 or newer.


  13. pcpaul
    July 26th, 2015 | 10:20 am

    Does any AMD card run set up as a primary card in bios on El Capitan? No intel+amd bullshit., no “it should”, Does it fucking run as primary?

  14. Chris
    October 1st, 2015 | 1:10 pm

    I tried the command on mobile hd4000

    Metal Device Name: Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Lower Power Device: No
    Headless Device: No

    the test app crashes though.

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