Apple’s macOS 10.14 Mojave has been available to the world since September, and the Rocket Yard has outlined all Macs that are compatible with the new operating system. As we’ve reported, the 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro models will support Mojave – as long as they have been upgraded with graphics cards that support Metal.
Apple released a support document that provides a list of graphics cards that are Metal-capable. The document states that “macOS Mojave requires a graphics card that supports Metal, an Apple technology that lets the system and apps efficiently tap into the capabilities of today’s graphics processors (GPUs).”
One of the GPUs on the list is an OWC favorite – the Radeon RX 580. The powerful card will ensure that your Mac is supported by Mojave and able to run the latest macOS smoothly.
As you can see in our benchmarks below, not only does the Radeon RX 580 ensure full compatibility with macOS Mojave, but you’ll also get a performance boost that will make your silver tower Mac Pro a contender with the 2013 Mac Pro that features dual GPUs.
With the Radeon RX 580, your 2010-2012 Mac Pro will take full advantage of Metal, which is Apple’s 3D graphics and compute API released in 2014. In short, Metal allows your system and applications to efficiently tap into the capabilities of today’s graphics processors such as the Radeon RX 580. You’ll also get up to 12.5x better performance over the stock GPU for OpenCL, which allows you to take advantage of the parallel computing power of GPUs and multicore CPUs to accelerate compute-intensive tasks. You’ll see shorter rendering times and faster effects operations with Final Cut Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Avid, Adobe, and other video suites.
|Platform||Cinebench (GL)||GeekBench (CL)||GeekBench (Metal)||Unigine Valley|
|MacPro5,1 Testbed with Radeon RX580||51 FPS||132861||132940||47 FPS|
|MacPro5,1 Testbed with Radeon 7950||51 FPS||83213||84511||34 FPS|
|MacPro5,1 Testbed with Radeon 5870||50 FPS||16564||Not Supported||27 FPS|
|MacPro5,1 Testbed with Radeon 5770||50 FPS||10598||Not Supported||14 FPS|
|MacPro6,1 Testbed with D300s||82 FPS||69461||68108||28 FPS|
|MacPro6,1 Testbed with D500s||75 FPS||71091||71425||26 FPS|
* Mac Pro 5,1 testbed running macOS 10.13.6 via Accelsior E2 in x16 slot with 16GB RAM. Valley test running at 1080p, Ultra Quality, 2x AA, v sync off. Mac Pro6,1 D500 testbed running macOS 10.13.6 with 48GB RAM. Mac Pro6,1 D300 testbed running macOS 10.13.6 with 16GB RAM.
1. According to Apple, you need to update to macOS High Sierra 10.13.6, make sure that your graphics card is compatible, and then turn off FileVault before you upgrade to Mojave on the 2010 and 2012 Mac Pro models.
2. With this Metal-compatible graphics card installed, you will not be able to see the Apple logo at boot, nor can you access boot options. Once your system has fully booted, the graphics card will function normally. For more details (including workarounds), see the Rocket Yard article on How to Get Ready for macOS Mojave.
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