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2008 Mac Pro/GT120 Cinebench Scores - OS X 10.10.0 Default vs Nvidia Driver
From a reader that had commented earlier on Nvidia/CUDA drivers in OS X Yosemite. I was curious if CUDA was working (despite "upgrade required" note if using Nvidia driver update). No CUDA comparisons but he sent CineBench R15 benchmarks:

"CineBench R15 Tests in OS X 10.10.0 with 2008 Mac Pro (Dual 2.8GHz Quad-Core Xeon) and Nvidia GT120 using the Default OS X 10.10.0 Graphics driver vs Nvidia Driver 343.01.01f01. (from Oct. 18th)

    Using Default OS X Driver
  • OpenGL: 13.10fps (CPU: 601cb)

    Using Nvidia Driver v343.01.01f01
  • OpenGL: 13.40fps (CPU: 600cb)

(A higher performance card may have shown more delta)

Cinebench R15 results with a Mid 2012 15in MacBook Pro w/Nvidia GeForce GT 650M using Nvidia Driver: OpenGL: 48.39fps - CPU: 549cb

Amazing how many frames you get with the GT650M MacBook Pro...

Thanks John. The OEM Mac Nvidia GT120 was the base (low-end) card in early 2009 and was not a fast card even then, but is handy to have since no aux power is needed for cases where you want to run a higher performance, lower cost PC (non-Mac EFI) card that has no boot screen and needs both of the Mac Pro's 6-pin power connections.
(Back in summer 2009 I compared the GT120 vs GTX-285 vs ATI 4870 in my 2009 Mac Pro (performance and power usage). All those cards of course are trailing edge now.)

(BTW: Despite the supported cards listed on the nvidia driver page, a GTX 780 Ti owner said it was supported with the nvidia driver but not the default OS X driver. YMMV but as often seen the cards on the driver page is not a complete list.)

Apple/related News/Reviews/Tips/PR:

  • More posts on OS X Yosemite Wifi issues (how many are using 5GHz mode OK?)
    (BTW: If not using Bluetooth, turn it off. Sometimes major updates may enable it.)

  • (1999) Tech Time Warp: Apple Ads with Jeff Goldblum

  • The rare 1976 Apple 1 computer mentioned earlier this week at auction sold for $905,000.

  • PCMag has a review of Lumosity (for iPad)

  • iFixit posted their iPad Air 2 Teardown
  • Apple Support Article Updates: (Oct. 24th)

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    Previous News Archive Summary:
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    • (Logic) WAVES Plugin/License Center Update (OS X 10.10 Compatible)
    • (Apple article) iPhone, iPad, iPod TV out support
    • Short review of the 27in iMac w/Retina Display.
    • Civilization: Beyond Earth review
    • iPad Air 2 Teardown.

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