AMD Radeon desktop graphic cards natively supported in High Sierra 10.13

As part of High Sierra 10.13 release in the fall of this year will also come native drivers for AMD graphic cards. This will bring support for desktop cards such as the RX 580 and RX 570 as well as better graphics optimizing through Apple’s Metal 2 API.

Update: Learn how to hackintosh and AMD Polaris Card in Sierra 10.12.6+

How to hackintosh AMD graphics cards in Sierra 10.12.6+

What’s Coming

These AMD graphic cards are coming as part of Apple’s external GPU support, as well as their inclusion in the iMac Lineup as the Radeon Pro 570/580. The Radeon Pro is very similar the RX series of desktop graphic cards and may share cross support. Also coming is RX Vega 56 and 64 in the high end iMac Pro, which is based on the upcoming Vega Desktop Cards coming out this summer, therefore it’s likely that RX Vega cards will work too.

AMD vs. Nvidia

AMD graphic are OpenCL based whereas  Nvidia is CUDA based. macOS and it’s Metal API  favor OpenCL over CUDA to drive graphics, because of that AMD graphics cards are likely to fare better. Also Apple has been now using AMD for a couple of years, because of that they are better optimized then Nvidia cards to run on macOS.

With Nvidia lately they have been very slow when it comes to releasing drivers for their hardware. For example with their Pascal GTX 10XX graphic cards they didn’t release drivers for MacOS until a full year after the cards released. Whether Nvidia will support High Sierra or release drivers for their Volta graphics cards is an unknown. However, they may bring support since eGPU enclosures are going to be officially supported by Apple in High Sierra.

Hackintoshers Rejoice

The announcement of native AMD drivers for macOS brings a glimmer of hope to hackintoshers like me, uncertain of whether Nvidia drivers would be released for High Sierra, since they have become unreliable when it comes to timely releases and now we’ll no longer have to rely on Nvidia for their third party web drivers with Native support by Apple and AMD, which will be supported With native drivers for years to come.

Now it’s not completely understood yet how these native drivers are going to work compared to right now. At this moment AMD desktop PCIe slot cards can be gotten to work through a couple of work around hacks with the downside of having to boot to a black screen and requires a second helper GPU or iGPU to act as the switchable  graphics for full graphical acceleration. Those inconveniences may be fixed in High Sierra with this native support for desktop cards,  we’ll see for sure soon.

 

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Well, we have native sound and much better performance with the Polaris cards now but still need igpu or helper card in High Sierra beta 6.

However with the lilukext and whatevergreenkext we can run them without igpu or helper card in Sierra or High Sierra. Vega working in HS out of box, beautiful so far, drivers. Red a little maturing but that’s what crash reports are for.

Fox
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Fox

how to make them work without any kext by properly patching the SSDT and addding patches to clover ?

dionnode
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dionnode

Sapphire RX580 8 Go works on Sierra, I agree about that, despite Lilu and wahtevergreen. kext are needed. But still, on High Sierra I have some problem to connect on (Lilu and whatevergreen.kext used too). Black screen is there…
Ironically to install High Sierra it worked after modifyng SMBIOS, on fly, to iMac18,3. When I’ve changed my config.plist for that (iMac18,3) I have black screen.
It’s weird indeed.

dionnode
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dionnode

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Well…
I’ve tried again and again, finally it works High Sierra, with my Sapphire RX580 nitro 8 Gb !
I meant it works in changing, on fly, on clover screen and I’ve updated High Sierra then.
I do not know what’s happened, this time it works. I took iMac18,3 as SMBIOS (my specs , intel i7 7700K). I will try to modify definitely SMBIOS on iMac18,3 on Clover Configurator…

Geo
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Geo

Hi. nVidia cards si over AMD cards, nVidia use CUDA and OpenCL and OpenGL.
Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti 11GB is most powerfoul video card.