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Here's a good rumor on which to end Friday. According to French site Mac4Ever (via MacRumors), the new Mac Pro might be a little more awesome than originally thought, especially for the gamers out there. Based on their research, Mac Pro owners may be able to switch out their graphics cards.
Specifically, Mac4Ever points out that the Mac Pro's GPU is placed on an independent daughter card with a proprietary connection, which MacRumors notes would make it easier to make warranty-backed repairs of broken GPUs. Owing to the design of the device, however, third-party graphics cards for the Mac Pro would likely have to be designed specifically for the device.
MacRumors goes on to point out that Apple already employs a similar system for the MacBook Air's SSD flash storage. Other World Computing took advantage of it in 2010 to release third-party SSD storage that exceeded Apple's 256GB maximum, even though users paid a hefty price for the privilege.
You might recall that Apple's already stated that we'd be able to replace the Mac Pro's RAM, but so far the Cupertino giant's given no indication that graphics cards could be replaced as well. That doesn't mean it won't be possible, but one of the main dangers of such third-party intrusions into Apple's carefully controlled environments is that it could affect the warranty. That, unfortunately, was also the case with Other World Computing's SSD upgrades for the MacBook Air.
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