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Reader Report: Radeon R9 280X in 2008/2012 Mac Pros (macOS 10.12.6)
'Jman' sent notes and benchmarks from a (flashed) Radeon R9 280X in his Mac Pro 5,1 (dual 3.46GHz) running macOS 10.12.6, using an LG 32UD59-B 4K 32in display. Radeon R9 280X also used in his 2008 Mac Pro 3,1. (Said he's ordered a Radeon RX 580 8GB for the Mac Pro 5,1 now.)
Nvidia Web Graphics Driver Update for macOS 10.13.2 build 17C205 (Supplemental Update)
Jan. 10th dated Nvidia web driver download page of Quadro & GeForce macOS Driver Release 378. for macOS 10.13.2 build 17C205. The build after installing 10.13.2 Supplemental Update. (If you can't select the page's 'Accept' terms/conditions button, here's a direct D/L link.)
As with previous High Sierra web drivers, the download page has this note on installing:
"Installation Note:
Because of improvements in macOS security, the Security & Privacy Preferences may open during the installation process. If it does, click "Allow" in order for the NVIDIA Graphics Driver to load, then return to the Installer and click "Restart"."
(As of post time, CUDA 387.99 release from Dec. 8th still latest on web.)

FYI: The Other News section has links to Nvidia Security Bulletins regarding processor Speculative Side Channels vulnerability. (macOS not listed however, other OS's are as well as Nvidia Shield TV.)

Security Updates for macOS 10.13.2, Safari and iOS (Spectre mitigation)   [= Details =]
macOS 10.13.2 Supplemental Update, Safari updates for OS X 10.11.6 and later, iOS 11.2.2.
(With download pages for macOS 10.13.2 Supplemental Update standard & iMac Pro versions.)
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Previous News Archive Summary:
    January 1st to 5th, 2018 News Archive
  • Apple comments on CPU Security Vulnerability affecting all Macs & iOS Devices
  • Turn an Older iMac/Mac Pro Into an Editing Suite
  • Apple Developer Program Membership Fee Waivers Now Available
  • iMac Pro's T2 Chip: What It Is and What It Does
  • Apple articles on iMac Pro Secure Boot and Startup Security Utility
  • Op-Ed: Maybe it's time for Apple to spin off the Mac as a separate company
  • Apple buys app development service Buddybuild
  • Keeping Your Mac Secure Part 3 (Firewall, VPN)
  • Firefox 57.0.4 adds mitigation for Spectre
  • Chrome 63.0.3239.132 stable channel update
  • Spectre and Meltdown: What You Need to Know Right Now
  • Intel news post, SA-00088 Advisory, & Facts about Side-Channel Analysis/FAQ
  • LG lays Groundwork for TV of Tomorrow with THINQ® & Alpha Processor
  • Intel with Radeon RX Vega Graphics: Core i7-8809G, 100W Target TDP, Overclockable
  • Apple Support/Troubleshooting/How-To Article Updates:
    - About speculative execution vulnerabilities in ARM-based and Intel CPUs
    - How to Install memory in an iMac
    - How to set up the Apple TV Remote app
    - About encrypted backups in iTunes

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