OpenCL Supported Graphics Cards Leaves Some Intel Macs Behind

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jod

Here is OpenCL petition, please sign in: http://petition.romcok.eu/ , thx :) . if you miss your GPU in this petition, please, report it to petition@romcok.eu.

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Imagine Engine

My hope is that Apple will update the supported GPU list by the time Snow Leopard is released. I have a MacBook Pro running an Intel Core 2 Duo processor that supports Snow Leopard's 64-bit code but with an ATI X1600 GPU I don't make the list of supported GPU to use OpenCL. I'm sure there are several Apple customers using an iMac, Mac Mini or MacBook that don't fit the supported GPU list for OpenCL graphics. We can't just change the graphics GPU like a Mac Pro can and I'm not rushing out to buy another Mac just to use OpenCL especially when I'm still paying off this one.

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Dans

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magyarman

Sheesh. With my 2.4Ghz 24" iMac, just over a year old, and a Radeon HD2600, do I get any benefit from upgrading?Look, I get the advancing technology argument, and didn't squirm when the price of my machine dropped just after I bought it. But c'mon, how 'bout a little more support than this. The damn thing is just a year old, and already the upgrade doesn't apply. Again I say, "Sheesh."

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b_dubb

i'm thinking that some of these issues are going to slow adoption of Snow Leopard. i have two macs on my desk - a G5 PowerMac and a Mac mini intel GPA. neither would get any perfomance boost from SL. granted the features in SL are pretty kick ass. and the price point for upgrade is low.

i'm rambling. time for a nap

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Nekollx

sooooooo my Mac Pro Tower (early 2008 edition) with a ATI Radeon HD 2600 won't get any benefits from upgrading?

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MetFanJay21

So if I have a 1st gen Intel iMac (white one with "the chin" - May 2006), and I have a ATI Radeon x1600 in it, I'm left out too ?? I mean, I LOVE my Mac, but this sounds like an M$ move all the way.

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chauncey007

I have a real problem with people purchasing technology and then being upset when something new comes out that won't work with their system. "sounds like an M$ move all the way". Well... it sounds like technology evolves, and Apple can't do it for free, or to accommodate all past generations. Dude, at least you don't have to run vista/7/xp or whatever else is out there.  Thanks Apple. I still love you, even though I can't take total advantage of everything new. Sorry for the bullets, this comment system needs a paragraph feature...

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Quayzar

Calm down dude. No one hear is saying they would rather have Windows or anything like that. What many are simply stating (especially the one with the October '08 iMac) is it's lame that a major feature of an OS that simply uses resources already at hand via software can't just because they don't want to have to write new drivers or firmware required. It's also lame that if someone buys a computer very recently like after the first announcement of an OS that the OS in question can't take advantage of the hardware at hand even though there are no physical limitations (i. e. there are all the necessary hardware for it to work already installed but still needs software). I fully understand the onward progression of technology (my G5 tower will finally be behind an OS version with Snow Leopard and I have no problem with that) but this isn't because of a change as drastic as a shift from Power PC to x86 as that required entirely different code for even mundane tasks. No, this is simply a feature that address resources through a rather ingenious bit of software but is not being supported on all relatively compatible hardware because some people don't want to have to cobble together new drivers for older (not even a year old in many cases) tech. I will concede that part of the blame is on the graphics card companies themselves and their flaky, apathetic nature with Apple. In the past graphics problems have plagued many great models including the first Unibody MacBooks or even the first white iBooks back when then the chips where actually unsoldering themselves from the logic board during normal use. Let's face it the graphics card companies have been terrible to Apple for years and I think Apple is in part to blame. Apple needs to step it up a bit with these companies. Perhaps they are now with Open CL and ever growing market share but it's a shame that it took this long just to get them to halfway care. That said Mac OS still is all kinds of awesome and totally pOwnes ALL!!!!!!!!!! :) P.S. My MacBook Pro will not be supported but I am still really excited about Snow Leopard. 

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Ben

My Aluminum iMac that I bought in October 2008 won't support this feature either. I would have, for sure, expected this feature to work on my iMac, given that it's not even a year old.

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boswellb

I got a white macbook in Feb of this year, and it has the NVIDA GeForce 9400M. I didn't think they referred to the white ones as unibody. Otherwise I speculate that I will be able to take advantage of the improvements.

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maclover

Ya I am pretty sure you can, by white ones I think they mean the ones prior to the first unibody releases (October), since they had Intel integrated graphics.

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JUSTRICHPOWER

THANK YOU APPLE FOR HELPING US MAC MINI CUSTOMERS

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maclover

So were you saying that my Macbook unibody bought in October will still work fully with Snow Leopard?

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maclover

Does this mean that October Unibody macbooks are compatible with OpenCL or not?

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homemaderobot

From what I've read- if you have a Unibody Macbook, it will take advantage of this feature.  The distinct advantage that Pro users have is that they have "2" video cards to work with.Unibody Macbook = Yes 

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