updated 03:26 pm EDT, Tue March 19, 2013
Claims framerate boosts as much as 200 percent or more
Component maker Sapphire has officially launched the Mac Edition of its Radeon HD 7950 video card. The add-on includes 3GB of GDDR5 memory, and is said to boost game framerates by as much as 200 percent or more, and general benchmark performance by about 30 percent. Graphics-heavy benchmarks are claimed to run up to 300 percent faster than possible with the NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT.
Some other features of the card include a 3D-capable HDMI port, two Mini DisplayPort connections, and a dual-link DVI port. A switchable BIOS allows the card to run on either a Mac or a PC, although it's designed primarily for the Mac Pro.
The card is not yet listed at Sapphire's website, but Newegg is selling it for $480 before tax and shipping.