Those of you waiting for an updated Mac Pro might want to consider the new Sapphire graphics card to hold you over. Sapphire Technology has just announced the launch of its new Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition graphics card. The card will work in Mac Pro models from 2010 and later that have an available PCI-Express card slot.

Features of the new graphics card include AMD’s latest Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture, which Sapphire says increases gaming frame rates by 200%, general benchmark performance by 30%, and graphic intensive benchmarks by as much as 300% compared with the NV 8800GT graphics card commonly found in these Mac Pros.

The card also sports 3 GB of GDDR5 memory, two mini DisplayPort outputs with a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 per display, and a Dual-link DVI port with HDCP, which supports a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600. Finally, the card offers Dual Firmware support via a simple Firmware (Dual BIOS) switch, according to the company. This allows it to be used in a Mac Pro or a Windows-based machine.

The Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition graphics card costs US$479.99.

Sapphire graphics card updates your Mac Pro when Apple won’t originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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