Hey, so wanted to let everyone know that we are officially taking flash orders via mail. We are going to start off just doing 4 cards we have already worked with. This will include the original Reference 480, the Sapphire Pulse, the MSI 580 8GB and a Gigabyte AORUS 580 8GB.
Once we establish a working baseline and try some other cards out we will be expanding to more models.
This is great for people who already have a 480 or 580 they are comfortable with and just really need the EFI boot screens. We do not supply any [power cables, but you can order them if you don't have them already.
The 480 is actually the same card as 580, just running at lower speeds and needing less power. Only takes a single 6 pin power cables, leaving the other one available.
Will be adding RX560 and flash service for 580 Sapphire Pulse next.
If you enjoy Sci-Fi and shows like "Black Mirror", have I got a book for you. Or actually Amazon has it on good old paper with ink (Or Kindle):
Or from our friends in Cupertino:
Here is the main page for it:
Send your paper copy in with Flash Job and get $10 off and it will come back signed by one of the authors.
Launch party this weekend in SF Bay Area. (San Jose)
Despite Earthquakes and fireworks, we have begun shipping and the first 580s should be in people's hands starting today.
Looking forward to hearing folks thoughts on them.
Will start also offering 560s in near future, then we'll have a look at those Cosworth Vegas.
As most of you probably know, we've had a couple.
One on 4th was largest one I'd felt in 25 years or so. Then last night hit and that took the record. We are on the top floor of our building so we get "wagged" like a tail. As I sprinted out onto the rooftop last night I could hear my neighbors running down the stairs in a blind panic. Even more disconcerting was that the aftershocks didn't stop for some time. Just a kind of constant low level shaking that occasionally picked up speed again.
And you keep wondering, "is this going to stop or get worse?" I was chatting with m y brother who told me "don't worry, it's just an aftershock." But I knew better, I was in the same room as first one and the stuff banging into each other was louder. The frightened voices nearby too.
Some inventory came down off the shelves and we are starting cleanup. Sadly, this will delay shipping of new 580s by a couple days. Please be patient. Everything that fell down has to be tested again. This will only add a day or two to shipments.
Please keep an eye on the news as we just had 2 quakes in 2 days. Really hoping they stop now, enough of a roller coaster ride for the year.
And yes, we still hope to be doing Vega soon but that too is going to take a delay.
I am already getting bombarded with Vega requests. Please understand that creating a new card involves HOURS of tedious testing. This time 3 different folks on a couple continents tested with a variety of machines and displays. It is impossible to test every configuration, but we try the best we can.
Once we have shipped some 580s and have ironed out any surprises, we'll move on to Vega cards. We will also eventually open up mail-in flashing for other Polaris cards.
We aren't slowing the roll out because we want to be jerks. We do this so the cards that reach people actually work and we don't have unhappy customers.
Updates will be posted as they become available.
Thanks again for your years of support. Hard to believe this all started with flashing a Radeon 7000 PCI card so I could cut my reel on a B&W G3. The Cube cards we did were fun, but I don't miss cutting my fingers with the Dremel when I made custom brackets for them.
If we can make Vega work, they will be coming. For now, grab a 580 and enjoy your boot screen support !
Dave, creator of MVC, enjoys walks on the beach and writing about himself in the 3rd person. But I'm not going to here.
Began my journey to LA to become a writer. Ended up writing F-code roms for PPC era, then EFI for Mac Pro. A couple years ago a supportive other half pointed out I'd gotten waylaid for 20 or so years. Went back to UCLA in Westwood to attend Professional Program for TV Writing in 2016. Have won some minor accolades for that, but finally I have a book coming out.
Will drop on Amazon in next few weeks, expect copious links and self promoting fal-de rol. Until then, I'll just say it's one of 10 Sci-Fi stories in a serial collection following...wait for it...a piece of high tech hardware as it makes it's way through various people's lives.
Will see if I can offer GPU discount with Amazon receipt for my book.
US sales start July 2
Initial US orders will be 10 cards for immediate shipment and 20 pre-orders for shipment July 8.
First cards shipped will be the official Apple sanctioned Sapphire Pulse 580 8 GB with single 8 pin power connect that you can feed via 6 to 8 or dual 6 to 8 for $25 more.
European partners will be following shortly, updates coming.
Mail-In flashes will be limited to the Sapphire Pulse 580 8GB with Single 8 pin and 2 @ DP, 2 @ HDMI, single Dual-Link DVI. (no VGA support without additional active adapter).
Boot Screen tested to desktop in 10.13.6, and 10.14.5, and latest Catalina Beta. It Just Works.
Boot screens, Boot picker screen, works with firmware updates and has Audio out in Mojave and Catalina.
You'll soon be able to put the same card in your 2008-2012 Mac Pro that comes in the new $6,000.00 monster from Cupertino.
Stay tuned for Vega news.
Caveat #1: 3,1 will boot, it is up to you to patch SSE4 libraries, etc. The EFI works, rest up to you.
UPDATE: To clarify, these cards are 95% done. Will be offering 580s for pre-order as soon as I remember how to add a product to the website. US MVC will be shipping within 2 weeks, barring any roadblocks .I believe our European partners will be onboard as well.
With the announcement and Beta of Catalina, it's time to accept reality. Apple and Nvidia seem bound to have effectively ended new Nvidia card support in 10.13.6.
This is sad for a number of reasons, Apple being bad guys is never nice. Guess they got tired of being embarrassed by higher benchmark scores and general love for Nvidia. In any case, unless there is a Blizzard in Hell, it appears that CUDA on Mac ends there too.
There could be a surprise yet, but as of right now, June of 2019, there is no path forward .