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sockdoggy
Nov 23, 2002, 01:08 PM
I'm looking to buy a graphics card for my G4 dual 500 with AGP 2x. Price issn't a big issue, I just don't really know all the available cards.


Thanks guys!

zimv20
Nov 23, 2002, 03:14 PM
i recently installed the ATI 8500 card (64 meg) into my own 500x2. it's better than the stock card, but i haven't noticed anything life-changing.

i can run quake 3 a little better, and when recording in ProTools LE, instead of a big red block showing recording progress, it draws the waveform as it's being recorded.

but not everyone runs ProTools LE, eh?

oh, i ran XBench before and after.

before (i.e. OEM card):

Quartz Graphics Test 65.84
Line 64.32 1.64 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
Rectangle 60.41 4.25 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
Circle 65.55 1.51 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
Bezier 70.50 766.09 beziers/sec [50% alpha]
Text 68.41 1.15 Kchars/sec
User Interface Test 70.13
Elements 70.13 22.44 refresh/sec


after:

Quartz Graphics Test 66.88
Line 64.26 1.64 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
Rectangle 60.32 4.24 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
Circle 68.06 1.57 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
Bezier 71.36 775.40 beziers/sec [50% alpha]
Text 70.38 1.19 Kchars/sec
User Interface Test 70.13
Elements 70.13 22.44 refresh/sec


not much difference, eh? but maybe XBench doesn't stress video performance enough to make a measurable difference.