GeForce GTX 285 heads to the Mac Pro with EVGA

The Mac Pro may have been the first workstation system out with Intel's Xeon 5500 processors, but high-end GPU options for it have been few and far between. Thanks to EVGA, however, Mac Pro users can now upgrade to a shiny new GeForce GTX 285 for the low-low price of $449.95.

Aside from Mac compatibility, EVGA's GeForce GTX 285 Mac Edition looks a whole lot like a reference card. It has stock 648MHz core and 1,242MHz memory speeds, not to mention the usual 240 stream processors and 1GB of GDDR3 RAM. Assuming you boot into Windows, though, that should be fast enough for some rather nice frame rates in the latest games.

Since both Apple and Nvidia are also pushing GPU computing, Mac Pro owners may well find other uses for the GTX 285 Mac Edition. Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard will come out in September with built-in OpenCL support.

EVGA did leave out one notable feature: Mini DisplayPort connectivity. As far as we can tell, that's currently the only way to hook a system up to Apple's new 24" LED-backlit Cinema Display. The GeForce GTX 285 Mac Edition just has a pair of plain DVI outputs.

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