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NVIDIA Releases Alternate Graphics Drivers for macOS High Sierra 10.13.6 (387.10.10.10.40)

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NVIDIA has released alternate graphics drivers for macOS High Sierra 10.13.6. These are separate from the drivers Apple ships as standard, and should be considered experimental. These drivers have been known to solve OpenCL issues with certain applications, as well as providing better native GPU power management for certain devices.

NOTE: These drivers are currently the only method to get full acceleration for GeForce GTX 1050, 1050 Ti, 1060, 1070, 1070 Ti, 1080, 1080 Ti, TITAN Pascal, and TITAN Xp 'Pascal' graphics cards and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750, 750 Ti, 950, 960, 970, 980, 980 Ti, and TITAN X 'Maxwell' graphics cards. There are no current Macs with these cards, so support is absent natively in macOS.

If you've installed the drivers before, you may get a notification to update to the new drivers from the built in System Preferences pane.
NVIDIA Alternate Graphics Drivers for macOS 10.13.6 (17G4015)
https://images.nvidia.com/mac/pkg/387/WebDriver-387.10.10.10.40.113.pkg
Method to use old drivers here.

NVIDIA Alternate Graphics Drivers for macOS 10.13.6 (17G3025)

https://images.nvidia.com/mac/pkg/387/WebDriver-387.10.10.10.40.108.pkg

NVIDIA Alternate Graphics Drivers for macOS 10.13.6 (17G65)

https://images.nvidia.com/mac/pkg/387/WebDriver-387.10.10.10.40.105.pkg

How to Install the Web Drivers:
In order to use the alternate drivers on a CustoMac, you must first install the driver package.
As of macOS Sierra, nvda_drv=1 in config.plist under Boot > Arguments is no longer working to initiate drivers. Clover has been updated with a new System Parameter setting called NvidiaWeb.

There's a new method for enabling the NVIDIA Web Drivers in the latest versions of Clover. It can be turned on and off by editing /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER/config.plist to add SystemParameters/NvidiaWeb. This takes the place of nvda_drv=1 boot flag, which will not work in macOS Sierra+.

1. Mount EFI Partition
2. Open /Volumes/EFI/EFI/CLOVER/config.plist with text edit, Xcode, or Plist Editor Pro
3. Edit as shown below:

Code:
<key>SystemParameters</key>
    <dict>
        <key>InjectKexts</key>
        <string>YES</string>
        <key>InjectSystemID</key>
        <true/>
        <key>NvidiaWeb</key>
        <true/>
    </dict>
4. Remove Boot/Arguments/nvda_drv=1 if necessary
5. Save and reboot

For full information:
http://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/new-method-for-enabling-nvidia-web-drivers-in-clover.202341/

Emulated NVRAM:
Emulated NVRAM is required for support of NVIDIA Web Drivers on many desktop systems. Use MultiBeast to install Bootloaders > Clover UEFI Boot Mode + Emulated NVRAM. This allows for menu bar switch between NVIDIA Web Drivers and OS X Default Graphics Drivers.


Common Problems and Solutions:
https://www.tonymacx86.com/graphics/161256-solving-nvidia-driver-install-problems.html

NVIDIA Drivers - Latest:
https://www.tonymacx86.com/nvidia-drivers/

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https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...s-high-sierra-10-13-3-387-10-10-10-25.243857/
https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...s-high-sierra-10-13-2-378-10-10-10-25.239852/
https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...s-high-sierra-10-13-1-378-10-10-10-20.236101/
https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...s-high-sierra-10-13-0-378-10-10-10-15.225522/
https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/...for-macos-sierra-10-12-6-378-05-05-25.227494/
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Here we go again. Will this driver be a good one, or another buggy one?
 
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Just installed. Driver seems like an improvement to me. Way less stutters resizing chrome.
 
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Just installed. Driver seems like an improvement to me. Way less stutters resizing chrome.
If it still stutters it's crap. You don't really need a 1060 for that. Works better with onboard graphics. Waiting for someone who runs 2+ GPUs with an application that needs them.
 
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Fair enough. Just saying its working much smoother for me than the previous releases (including the old one everyone says was the last good release). Hope this is the case for everyone
 
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Waiting for someone who runs 2+ GPUs with an application that needs them.
Yeah, me too. I'm running two 1080ti's and at this point I'm stuck until a newer driver works.
 
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BTW Miles, I'm using 378.10.10.10.25.106 and recently I started running into some weird Finder issues ever since I added my second 1080ti. Basically after a while, I'll get some mild artifacts in my Finder, and when using apps like Houdini and Redshift my viewport won't update correctly until I restart my machine. Have you run into similar issues? I feel like this whole dual GPU issue with Nvidia drivers is getting to be pretty bad (i.e. switch to Windows 10 bad).
 
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BTW Miles, I'm using 378.10.10.10.25.106 and recently I started running into some weird Finder issues ever since I added my second 1080ti. Basically after a while, I'll get some mild artifacts in my Finder, and when using apps like Houdini and Redshift my viewport won't update correctly until I restart my machine. Have you run into similar issues? I feel like this whole dual GPU issue with Nvidia drivers is getting to be pretty bad (i.e. switch to Windows 10 bad).
Similar here. 25.106 was the only driver that allowed me to use CUDA/OpenGL with two cards installed. But when using Octane I have only a fraction of the VRAM available and it's leaking. I went back to my Sierra installation.
 
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Well, that stinks. If Nvidia doesn't update to proper drivers for Mojave, I'm likely have to set up a dual booth and use Windows for all of my CG stuff. I hate the idea, and I still need OS X for some video and audio apps, but for things like Houdini it's becoming more and more of an issue.

BTW, how do you know that Octane is only using a fraction of your Vram? When I run OctaneBench, it appears to be accessing all 11Gb on my GPU's.
 
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BTW, how do you know that Octane is only using a fraction of your Vram? When I run OctaneBench, it appears to be accessing all 11Gb on my GPU's.
Octane shows you the amount of free VRAM.
 
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