ATI Radeon X1900 GT Mac Edition

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  1. RMD68 macrumors 6502

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    Anyone here have any experience with installing a ATI Radeon X1900 GT Mac Edition Video Card into their Mac. I found a pretty good deal on NewEgg for one which was about $40 off the Apple store price. When I was reading the reviews everyone who posted said it was a great card they also mentioned, however, that the installation wasnt just snap one out snap the other in. I was wondering if anyone had worked with this card or similar cards and if the installation was reallly all that difficult.
     
  2. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    All you should have to do is remove the old video card and push the new one in. Nothing real hard about upgrading a video card provided it is compatible with your machine. :)
     
  3. RMD68 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I've installed them before with the snap in snap out method on PC's but when I read the reviews they said it was more difficult than that involving moving the fan etc.

    Check out the link to see what I mean.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16814195034
     
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    Interesting, I did not know that you had to remove the fan to get it to fit inside...

    Are you sure that your Power Mac G5 is compatible? Is the 2.5GHz Power Mac G5 in your signature a dual processor or quad processor model? The dual processor model only supports AGP based video cards, the 2.5GHz Power Mac G5 Quad supports PCI-Express video cards (such as the ATI Radeon X1900 GT Mac Edition).
     
  5. RMD68 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have a Dual 2.5Ghz Power Mac. According to my PowerMac user guide and MacTracker my first expansion bay (1) is AGP but the others (2,3,4) are supposedly PCI-X which I'm assuming means PCI-Express. If this is true then I have another question about installation. If my Mac is set that the main graphics area is AGP how can I switch it that the video now works through the PCI-X slot. Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
  6. Links macrumors member

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    ATI Radeon X1900 GT Mac Edition Video Card.
    Not going to even fit into your PCI-X, AGP Mac.
    You must have a G5 PCI Express based system.
    PCI-X is NOT the same as PCI-E.
     
  7. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    PCI-X is not PCI-Express as Links points out, the video card in question is not compatible with your Power Mac G5 RMD68. :eek:
     
  8. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Sorry RMD68, I thought you knew that last night when you were trying to decide between the two versions of the card.

    :eek:
     
  9. RMD68 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Crap…I guess I'll have to return it then. I ordered it from NewEgg. they should probably accept a return if I don't open the package. Anyone have any experience with them. That aside are their any other options that you guys know of for an upgrade over my existing video card considering the limitations of my system. Is there anywhere else to look but the apple store.
    Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
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  11. RMD68 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah I was actually just looking at that. How is it running, is it a significant enough upgrade over the stock video card that comes with the G5?

    Also does anyone know how to turn auto spell-check back on? Mine isn't working for some reason.
     
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    go with x800 xt...9800 is outdated already...i have the 9800 in my Dual 1Ghz G4...
     
  14. RMD68 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Are there any other cards to look at? Is the ATI a significant enough upgrade over the stock one in my G5.
     
  15. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    Is your stock card the ATi 9600 XT?

    If so, the ATi X800 XT will be quite a boost. But it depends on what you are using it for.
    If it is for gaming, then get the X800 XT. Is simply is the best card for the AGP based models.
     
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