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Sapphire graphics card updates your Mac Pro when Apple won't

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 percent, general benchmark performance by 30 percent and graphic intensive benchmarks by as much as 300 percent 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 3,840 x 2,160 per display and a dual-link DVI port with HDCP, which supports a maximum resolution of 2,560 x 1,600. 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.

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