OS X El Capitan 10.11 Dev Beta 4 Released

Apple has released beta 4 of the Developer Preview version of OS X 10.11 El Capitan with build 15A226f.



Meanwhile also good news for nVidia GPU users as there are webdrivers available which work with El Capitan



Low power, low profile

The new Quadro K1200 is designed to fit into a compact workstation. The Quadro K1200 is a half-height professional graphics card with 512 CUDA cores in its GM107 GPU – this is also based off the Maxwell processor architecture (more specifically, the first generation Maxwell variant featured on the GM107) – 4GB graphics memory and has a 45W thermal design profile.



The NVS 510 has 35W TDP, 2GB memory, 192 CUDA cores and a GK107 Kepler GPU.


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)


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 …