Metal on El Capitan GM Candidate

As usual I test Metal on my NVS295, Xeon machine.

No metal-love with Apples stock drivers…

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Metal on El Capitan Dev Beta 4

The following Metal (MTL) drivers are there:

ifreunds-MBP:~ ifreund$ uname -a
Darwin ifreunds-MBP 15.0.0 Darwin Kernel Version 15.0.0: Sun Jul 12 07:47:20 PDT 2015; root:xnu-3247.1.56~16/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64
ifreunds-MBP:~ ifreund$ /Users/ifreund/Desktop/Metal/MetalInfo
MetalInfo!
No Metal Device Found
ifreunds-MBP:~ ifreund$ ls /System/Library/Extensions/*MTL*
/System/Library/Extensions/AMDMTLBronzeDriver.bundle:
Contents

/System/Library/Extensions/AppleIntelBDWGraphicsMTLDriver.bundle:
Contents

/System/Library/Extensions/AppleIntelHD4000GraphicsMTLDriver.bundle:
Contents

/System/Library/Extensions/AppleIntelHD5000GraphicsMTLDriver.bundle:
Contents

/System/Library/Extensions/GeForceMTLDriver.bundle:
Contents
ifreunds-MBP:~ ifreund$

Metal on El Capitan Dev Beta 3

Seems the following Metal (MTL) drivers are there:


ifreunds-MacBook-Pro:~ ifreund$ uname -a
Darwin ifreunds-MBP 15.0.0 Darwin Kernel Version 15.0.0: Sun Jun 28 00:25:56 PDT 2015; root:xnu-3247.1.36~7/RELEASE_X86_64 x86_64
ifreunds-MacBook-Pro:~ ifreund$ ls /System/Library/Extensions/*MTL*
/System/Library/Extensions/AMDMTLBronzeDriver.bundle:
Contents

/System/Library/Extensions/AppleIntelBDWGraphicsMTLDriver.bundle:
Contents

/System/Library/Extensions/AppleIntelHD4000GraphicsMTLDriver.bundle:
Contents

/System/Library/Extensions/AppleIntelHD5000GraphicsMTLDriver.bundle:
Contents

/System/Library/Extensions/GeForceMTLDriver.bundle:
Contents
ifreunds-MacBook-Pro:~ ifreund$

Metal on OS X 10.11

El Cap looks pretty interesting and the introduction of Metal could mean also quite a boost for desktop applications. So what GPU you will need ? According to the Apple devs (page 84)

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All Macs since 2012

will be blessed with Metal-support. That would be earliest according to the list of GPUs from Apple:

  • Intel HD 4000 from Mac mini (Mid 2012) or MacBook Air (Mid 2012)
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 from Mac Pro (Mid 2012)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 640M (aka: GK107 N13P-LP) from iMac (21-inch, Late 2012)

netkas.org also has a list of supported GPUs according to the current drivers of DP1.

Let’s see …