Best graphics card for G4 dual 500 (AGP 2x)?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by sockdoggy, Nov 23, 2002.

  1. macrumors regular

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    #1
    I'm looking to buy a graphics card for my G4 dual 500 with AGP 2x. Price issn't a big issue, I just don't really know all the available cards.


    Thanks guys!
     
  2. macrumors 601

    zimv20

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    #2
    i recently installed the ATI 8500 card (64 meg) into my own 500x2. it's better than the stock card, but i haven't noticed anything life-changing.

    i can run quake 3 a little better, and when recording in ProTools LE, instead of a big red block showing recording progress, it draws the waveform as it's being recorded.

    but not everyone runs ProTools LE, eh?

    oh, i ran XBench before and after.

    before (i.e. OEM card):
    Code:
    	Quartz Graphics Test	65.84	
    		Line	64.32	1.64 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
    		Rectangle	60.41	4.25 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
    		Circle	65.55	1.51 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
    		Bezier	70.50	766.09 beziers/sec [50% alpha]
    		Text	68.41	1.15 Kchars/sec
    	User Interface Test	70.13	
    		Elements	70.13	22.44 refresh/sec
    
    after:
    Code:
    	Quartz Graphics Test	66.88	
    		Line	64.26	1.64 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
    		Rectangle	60.32	4.24 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
    		Circle	68.06	1.57 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
    		Bezier	71.36	775.40 beziers/sec [50% alpha]
    		Text	70.38	1.19 Kchars/sec
    	User Interface Test	70.13	
    		Elements	70.13	22.44 refresh/sec
    
    not much difference, eh? but maybe XBench doesn't stress video performance enough to make a measurable difference.
     

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