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John Keates
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@ironbreed, not sure they would. One of those annoying aspects of Apple where they present stuff really vague so it could be anything. If I recall correctly, they presented the Apple Silicon move with "TB3 GPU support" and "Apple Silicon GPUs and Others". I have no idea what that means, could be that "others" is PowerVR. Could also be that they are doing a sneaky with AMD (or NVIDIA -- their public mud fight tells us nothing about their internal projects) and have something else planned that we haven't considered yet.

Technically, if that Apple SoC has PCIe, and the GPUs have PCIe, not much would be in the way (except software I suppose) of making it work.

We do know that the current rosetta2 presentation has shown GPU performance better than what Intel can supply, so either their own GPU is good, or they simply have an actual GPU in there. The developer Mac Minis don't have a dedicated GPU as far as I could find, but that doesn't mean that Apple doesn't have other hardware setups themselves.

 

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mac_editor
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Posted by: @oneplane

I have no idea what that means, could be that "others" is PowerVR. Could also be that they are doing a sneaky with AMD (or NVIDIA -- their public mud fight tells us nothing about their internal projects) and have something else planned that we haven't considered yet.

Tbh all this vagueness at least keeps me excited and hopeful.

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John Keates
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@mac_editor, It is pretty interesting to have some mysteriousness indeed. A simple "nothing changes" is somewhat boring in comparison. I'm also excited for the driver dissection others do on the released binaries (but also on the future stuff we're going to see once real world hardware releases happen!). Whatever comes, there will be plenty to play with.

 

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