B&W Video Card upgrade

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Ecodisk, Dec 6, 2005.

  1. Ecodisk macrumors member

    Ecodisk

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    Ok I'm buying a B&W macintosh and upgradeing it. I noticed that the standard video card is in a special PCI slot. Can I put an upgraded video card in one of the normal PCI slots or do I have to use that special slot that the standard one has? Also can I buy any video card or does it have to be a special mac version?
     
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  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Not sure what you mean by "special" PCI slot but you will need a Mac specific video card.
     
  4. AdamR01 macrumors 6502

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    Actually all of the PCI slots are "special" slots. The standard PCI slot looks like the one the video card is in. However that slot runs at 66MHz where as a standard pci slot runs at 33MHz. The other slots are 64bit PCI slots that run at 33MHz. If you plug a normal card into one of the 64bit slots it will act like a normal 32bit slot. If you were to plug a video card into the video card slot it would run at the faster speed which it may not be able to handle. I think the Radeon 7000 PCI Mac Edition can run at either speed, but I am not 100% sure. If it can, definitely put it in the same slot as the current video card as this will increase performance. Hope this helps...

    Edit: I looked at a picture and the 66MHz slot is notched differently from a normal PCI slot. If the card has a notch closer to the backplate at the one end then it should work fine (it should also work fine if it has 2 notches). You might want someone else to confirm this though.
     
  5. Ecodisk thread starter macrumors member

    Ecodisk

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    Thanks for your help. I have one more question now. Where is the best place to find Mac video cards since I have to get a Mac specific one :(
     
  6. spinne1 macrumors 6502a

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    Ebay is the best place. Be sure you get only a mac retail box version. The Radeon 7000 or 9200 are your best bets.
     
  7. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    There is currently only one PCI video card still available new: the ATI Radeon 9200. It has 128MB VRAM, dual display support and is also the fastest card you can get for a B&W.
     

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