Absolute best video card I can get for my Powermac?

Discussion in 'Games' started by Mike Teezie, Oct 22, 2005.

  1. Mike Teezie macrumors 68020

    Mike Teezie

    Nov 20, 2002
    I know next to nothing about this topic, so I figured I'd leave it to the pros.

    I want to beef up my machine so I can run Aperture as smoothly as possible with a 30" ACD. It's a Dual 2.0, 2nd generation Powermac.

    What's the best video card available for it? The 9800?
  2. jackieonasses macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    the great OKLAHOMA....
    I am slow as of late... but the Nvidia 6800 is close to the best. I thought you had to have one to run a 30"??
  3. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    the x850xt is the best card for a powermac, if you can find one. if not, newegg sells x800xt's for macs at a very reasonable price.
  4. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    the 6800 Ultra might be a little better for Aperture, but the price difference between that and the 800XT/850XT isn't worth it.
  5. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    If you want to use a 30" monitor you only have a limited amount of AGP cards you can buy:

    ATI X850 XT - This is an Apple CTO option, you may find one on eBay (1x 30")

    ATI X800 XT - This card is available from Mac resellers it is not a CTO option (1x 30")

    nVIDIA 6800 Ultra DDL - This card was a CTO option, but isn't available from Apple anymore, you may find one of eBay (2x 30")

    nVIDIA 6800 GT DDL - This card is an Apple CTO option, Apple also sell these cards via the Apple store (2x 30")

    ATI 9650 - This card is the slowest of the lot and is a CTO option, I'm not sure if you can buy these off Apple without buying a new Mac (1x 30")

    I'd only consider the first 4 as upgrades. From what I've read the X850 is the fastest, the X800 and 6800 ULTRA are pretty much the same (though the ULTRA is the fastest of the 4 for Apples professional apps like Motion,etc), with the 6800 GT being a little slower. You would have no reason to complain with any of these cards as they are all amazing. The ATI 9650 may be able to use a 30" but I think it would have a hard time doing anything in 3D on a 30".

    I have a nVIDIA 6800 Ultra DDL that I recently purchased on eBay it's a great card, it cost me less than ordering a X800 XT so I'm more than happy.
  6. Mike Teezie thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mike Teezie

    Nov 20, 2002
    Wow, thanks for all the replies everybody.

    I'm leaning towards the 6800 Ultra DDL.

    So my system would be:

    Dual 2.0 G5
    2.5 gigs RAM
    6800 Ultra
    30" ACD

    Should run Aperture well, huh?
  7. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    Buy 2 more gigs of RAM. ;)
  8. Aarow macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2005

    Got much RAM, iGary?
  9. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    Like a dream. :)
  10. MacNoobie macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2005
    I like the 6800 Ultra DDL in my PowerMac as of now and runs everything pretty damn smooth but if they offer a 7800 with 512MB of ram I might snag it.
  11. Soulstorm macrumors 68000


    Feb 1, 2005
    Actually, I would recommend any other card other than nVidia, for these reasons:

    ATI X800XT is 100 dollars cheaper than its equivalent nVidia 6800, it is smaller (it doesn't cover any PCI slot, while the nVidia does) and it has those awsome ATI drivers, which enable things like anisotropic filtering and FSAA in games that do not even support it. Also, Apple seems to work better with ATI products (drivers are the reason).
  12. devman macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2004
    Provided the user only ever wants to run one 30" display. If the user can forsee wanting two 30" displays then nvidia is the only game in town.
  13. Mechcozmo macrumors 603


    Jul 17, 2004
    Bastard. I hate you. I have a 12" PowerBook.
  14. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

    Aug 5, 2005
    4GB is an insult to your G5, so... :p
  15. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    The OP is talking about running pro Apps like Apeture not playing games and as I stated above the 6800 Ultra is the fastest for these apps. Makes me wonder actually why is this in the Games forum?
  16. Mike Teezie thread starter macrumors 68020

    Mike Teezie

    Nov 20, 2002
    You're right risc, it should probably be somewhere else.

    I've just been in a few discussions in this forum, and there's a lot of knowledgeable folks around here when it comes to gpus. Seemed like the best place to come for that kind of info.

    And again, you are correct. I have next to zero interest in gaming performance, it's all about Aperture. Playing Halo will be pretty sweet on this setup though.....
  17. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    Personally I say go for the 6800 Ultra DDL if you are buying a 30" also I don't think you will be too worried about paying $100 extra. ;) Also like I said above I actually got my new 6800 Ultra DDL cheaper than getting an X800 XT, finally I wouldn't worry about the drivers with the 6800s I know they had problems back in 10.3.5 but they seem pretty rock solid to me now.

    Enjoy it when you get it.

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