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These older graphics cards are compatible with macOS Mojave

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Apple has just released macOS 10.14 Mojave, its latest version of the operating system for Macs and MacBooks, but if you’re running an older Mac Pro, released between mid-2010 and mid-2012, then the installation is a bit more complex, so Apple has revealed what hardware you’ll need.

The new documentation (opens in new tab) from Apple explains which graphics cards are compatible with macOS 10.14 Mojave thanks to their support of Apple’s 3D API (known as Metal).

Mac Pros released between 2010 to 2012 came with GPUs that don't support the Metal API, so you'll need to install one of these cards if you want to use macOS Mojave.

Compatible graphics cards

These are the cards that support Metal and are compatible with macOS Mojave:

  • MSI Gaming Radeon RX 560 128-bit 4GB GDRR5
  • Sapphire Radeon PULSE RX 580 8GB GDDR5
  • Sapphire Radeon HD 7950 Mac Edition
  • Nvidia Quadro K5000 for Mac
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition

Apple has also listed the following graphics cards that “might also be compatible” with macOS Mojave:

  • AMD Radeon RX 560
  • AMD Radeon RX 570
  • AMD Radeon RX 580
  • AMD Radeon Pro WX 7100
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
  • AMD Radeon Pro WX 9100
  • AMD Radeon Frontier Edition

Installing one of those cards in your Mac Pro doesn't guarantee it will be able to run macOS Mojave. If you want to be sure, we’d recommend going for a card from the first list that is Metal compatible.

To find out what graphics card you have installed, press the Option key on the keyboard and go to Apple > System Information > Graphics/Displays. If your graphics card can run macOS Mojave, it will say 'Supported' beside 'Metal'.

Matt Hanson
Matt Hanson


Matt is TechRadar's Managing Editor for Computing and Entertainment, looking after two of the best, and most exciting, channels on the site. Having written for a number of publications such as PC Plus, PC Format, T3 and Linux Format, there's no aspect of technology that Matt isn't passionate about, especially computing and PC gaming. Ever since he got an Amiga A500+ for Christmas in 1991, he's loved using (and playing on) computers, and will talk endlessly about how The Secret of Monkey Island is the best game ever made. He's also a huge film and TV fan and Marvel geek, and his favorite recent film is Dune.