Nvidia's Pascal graphics cards now open to Mac users
With the introduction of Nvidia's Titan Xp graphics card, the hardware company announced last month that its Pascal drivers are now open to Mac users.
The Titan XP is an extremely powerful—and expensive—graphics card with 12GB of GDDR5X memory running at more than 11 Gbps. Nvidia says the card, powered by Pascal, is up to three times as powerful as the Titan X card, which makes it a great option for extensive virtual reality use.
Along with Nvidia's 10-series lineup of graphics cards, the Titan Xp is now an option for deep-pocketed Mac gamers. Folks who wanted to use Nvidia GPUs with their Mac computers haven't been able to use the company's 10-series lineup, and had to stick with older hardware. Releasing Pascal drivers, however, will change that, opening up gaming options for hardcore Mac users.
Drivers are available online, should you pick up a Pascal-driven graphics card. To use an Nvidia graphics card with a Mac computer, however, you've got to have a Hackintosh, old Mac Pro, or build an external GPU setup. That is, until Apple releases a modular Mac Pro, which is reportedly in the works.
But if that's you, Nvidia's GTX 1050, 1050 Ti, 1060, 1070, 1080, 1080 Ti, and Titan Xp are now options for your build. If it's the Titan Xp you want, be ready to drop a lot of cash. It costs $1,200.
Windows, of course, is the dominant PC gaming platform. Mac's gaming community, still, is sizable, making this announcement particularly exciting for the growth of that scene.