Neither Nvidia nor EVGA, a graphics card maker whose logo appears emblazoned on the image in Engadget’s story, would confirm the news when contacted by Macworld. But the release of such a card in June is plausible given the timing: Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) runs from June 8 - 12, 2009.
What’s more, Apple is expected to release Mac OS X 10.6 “Snow Leopard” at about the same time. The new operating system will feature support for OpenCL, which leverages the parallel processing capabilities of modern GPUs to speed up computational work for applications beyond games and other graphics-oriented software. OpenCL is expected to gain traction in science and engineering, biotechnology and other markets.
This marks the second time in two weeks that Nvidia’s been in the Mac news — the company recently announced plans to release a Mac version of its Quadro FX 4800 graphics card — it’s a high-end workstation-class card intended for engineering, 3D visualization, medical science and more. By comparison, the GeForce GTX 285 is consumer-oriented and lacks a 3D stereoscopy interface.