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Old Feb 16, 2009, 07:48 AM   #1
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Justifying new Video Card on G5 PowerMac


I recently bought a lovley G5 Dual 1.8GHz Power Mac. I have upgraded the RAM to 6GB and have a TB of storage.

I mainly use Adobe CS2, though I want to upgrade to CS3 soon.

I also use iMovie 08 alot. Will I benefit from replacing the existing 64MB video card with a new 256MB card?

Other than the ability to connect a wider/bigger screen, will I notice any improvements in iMovie performance?

Will Leopard take advantage of the additional VRAM?

BTW - I do not play any games on it. I use my son's PS2
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Old Feb 16, 2009, 08:22 AM   #2
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You will probably see a performance boost in Adobe. I believe that CS3 puts quite a few tasks on the GPU so you should see a good bit of difference there. I don't know if iMovie takes full use of the GPU. I know that if relies heavily on the amount of RAM and CPU speed. Hope this helps.
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Old Feb 16, 2009, 08:43 AM   #3
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I hate to say it, but I find iMovie '08 to be unusable on my Dual 1.8GHz G5. I have 5GB of RAM and an ATI x800 video card (256MB VRAM). I've not tried it with the OEM ATI 9600.

Much more usable on my 2006 MacBook.
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