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Last updated: 9 Jun 2018

 

We still get recurring questions about some well-known and older unsupported GPUs and graphics cards, so let's try and make a quick recap here. The list can be completed as required and necessary. The list will only apply to SL 10.6 and beyond, not before.

 

Intel

  • GMA 900: unsupported since SL
  • GMA 950: supported in SL and Lion in 32bit kernel mode only; unsupported since ML
  • GMA 3100/3150: unsupported
  • GMA 3000/X3000: unsupported
  • GMA X3100: supported in SL and Lion in 32bit kernel mode only; unsupported since ML  
  • GMA 4500/4500M/4500MHD/4700MHD: unsupported
  • GMA HD/GMA 5700MHD/1st gen Intel HD (eg: Arrandale CPUs): partially (CI only) or fully (QE/CI) supported on laptops in SL, Lion, ML and beyond depending on built-in LCD connector (LVDS=full support, eDP=partial support). Unsupported since Mojave. Refer to bible thread on the matter.
  • HD 2000 & Sandy Bridge Intel HD: unsupported
  • HD 3000: supported from SL to High Sierra. unsupported since Mojave
  • HD 2500 & Ivy Bridge Intel HD: unsupported in SL and Lion; apparently supported in ML from 10.8.3; unsupported since Mavericks, though some people reported partial support (CI only) in El Capitan for instance.
  • Bay Trail Intel HD: unsupported
  • Haswell Intel HD: unsupported
  • Broadwell Intel HD: unsupported
  • Cherry Trail Intel HD: unsupported

 

nVidia

  • GeForce 6x00 and similar: unsupported since SL
  • GeForce 7x00 and similar: supported in SL and Lion in 32bit mode only; unsupported since ML
  • GeForce GTX 660M: unsupported
  • pre-Kepler: unsupported since Mojave

 

ATI/AMD

  • X300/X600/X700: unsupported
  • X1300/X1400/X15x0: supported up to SL; limited support (CI only) in Lion; unsupported since ML
  • X1600: supported in SL and Lion; unsupported since ML
  • pre-CGN 1.0: unsupported since Mojave

 

NB: Obsolete GPUs for which Apple dropped official support after Lion 10.7.5 (e.g.: GMA950/X3100, GeForce 7x00, ATI X1600) can be supported in ML with MLPF hack (essentially, a hack that runs pseudo ML in 32bit mode with DP1 32/64bit kernel and kexts). More details in our article on the matter.

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Mojave drops support for iGPUs and dGPUs incompatible with Metal. For instance 1st gen Intel HD and HD 3000.

 

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So only from Ivy bridge Intel GPU's work from 10.14 ? What about dGPUs from nvidia and AMD ? Got a list or some you know. Would be great if we write an article about it with some research. 

 

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