Best 32MB for G4

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  1. davisjw macrumors regular

    davisjw

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    Hey, Looking to dual my monitors on my Power Mac G4 and wondering which card is better for it.. The 32 MB GeForce2 MX Dual Monitor PCI Card or the ATI Radeon 7000 32MB PCI Video Card. I'll be doing things such as Photoshop and Flash with the monitors. Thank you for your time and information!
     
  2. Mord macrumors G4

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    first off identify which pm g4 you have, open it up and tell us if the graphics card is in a brown slot or a white slot, if white then it's pci graphics, if brown then it's agp graphics.

    thier were no pci geforce 2's, or any pci nvidia graphics card, only AGP versions. unless you count flashed cards.
     
  3. izibo macrumors 6502

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    that's just plain wrong.
     
  4. izibo macrumors 6502

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    Oh, and I would also recommend a GeForce2 MX, although they are tricky to find these days. I would also seriously recommend considering buying a PC version and flashing it yourself as opposed to buying a Mac version (VERY expensive). p.s. hector, there were ABSOLUTELY mac versions... where do you think the firmware came from?

    Look at the following website for instructions and compatible PC retail cards that can be flashed.

    http://www.cybercoment.com/macgeforce.htm
     
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    I think he meant for Mac...there were plenty of PC GeForces...
     
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    If you're flashing a PC card, check the compatibility list at Strangedogs (google the name, you'll find it), then check on NewEgg, you'll find lots of compatible cards pretty cheap [NOTE: some flashing requires use of a working PC]. If you're buying a Mac card, the 7000 should be fine for your needs.
     
  8. davisjw thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks

    I've never tried flashing a card before, I'll have to look into it. Thanks for the advice! What are the benefits of flashing to a PC card as opposed to a Mac? And as a side note- Whats the best way to clean LCD screens?
     
  9. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    If you are only doing Photoshop and Flash, the performance is mostly going to be dependant on the speed and amount of video RAM on the card. So most cards will offer similar performance. A GeForce 2MX is probably a better GPU than a Radeon 7000 though.

    I recommend going to Strangedogs and looking in their stuff for sale section for a compatible card.

    Flashing in a nutshell: PC cards are cheaper than Mac cards and more plentiful. It takes some work (some times a LOT of work, sometimes very little) to flash a card and it is best done with a PC. Read more at Strangedogs, they have many how-tos.
     
  10. davisjw thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well I'll try and go for the 9700 Pro (if anyone is selling one hit me up).. Thanks for all your help!
     
  11. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    The 9700 Pro is quite a rare card on the Mac side - do you mean a 9800 Pro?
     
  12. michaeldmartin macrumors regular

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    If you can get geforce4's pci; you can get geforce 2's. Personally I like Nvidia over ATI; I'm thinking of building another pc system with Dual 7600's. (For games!!)
     
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  14. davisjw thread starter macrumors regular

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    Actually checked out my Mac and its AGP graphics not PCI like I thought.. Would the GeForce 2 work wtih AGP? If so I'd be willing to take it off your hands for a reasonable price...
     
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    yeah it would work, but remember you pay a premium for cards that work in a g4 cube, remember to compare it with the going rate for a radeon 9000 or even a 9800 pro.
     
  16. davisjw thread starter macrumors regular

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    If it makes any difference I have a Power Mac G4... But thanks all again for your help!
     

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