Dual 2.0 Video card upgrade options help needed

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  1. macrumors 6502

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    1) Will my GeForce4 Ti 4600 fit my G5 tower, Dual 2.0 ghz
    2) If not what is the best 3D video card for gaming?
    3) is it possible to have 2 video cards running at the same time for 2 monitors, 2 23's?:apple:
     
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    Lord Zedd

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    GeForce4 Ti 4600 from what?
    Which dual 2.0? There are 4 different versions and one of them takes different cards.

    The ATI X1900 is the most powerful video card for the G5s, even the $$$$$$ Quadro does not perform as well.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4600 used in my G4
    http://www.nvidia.com/page/geforce4ti.html

    So ATI X1900 is the best card for the Dual G5's? on the PPC platform?
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    Is your G5 PCI-e or is it AGP? Without knowing that, no one can provide you with accurate answers.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was just about to ask the difference between the two. Thank you for beating me to the punch.:apple:

    Specs based on the box:

    * Dual 2GHz PowerPc G5 processors

    * Current Video card NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics card with 64MB of DDR SDRAM and dual display support

    * Four expansion slots (one AGP 8X Pro slots with graphics card installed; one open 133MHz, 64-bit PCI-X slot and two open 100MHz,64-bit PCI-X slots)
     
  6. macrumors 6502

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    Then you have a considerable number of options available to you.

    Your 4600 may work, but there's a risk involved. There was a change from the MDD AGP implementation to the G5 AGP implementation. I can't recall the specifics, but my ATI 9700 Pro that came out of an MDD wouldn't work in my G5. I suspect you may run into the same problem with your 4600 card.

    As for what cards you can choose from, there's a wide range. Sticking just to the Apple and ATI Mac cards, you've got a three types of ATI 9600 cards that would work, two types of 9800s, an OEM x850xt, an ATI x800xt, and a couple of GF6800 flavors. Any of them would give better performance than your 5200, which is at the bottom of the barrel.

    I used to run a 23" and 20" monitor on my old G5. One video card--even the one you have now--will run both 23" monitors.

    None of the cards will give you great game performance with modern games. Those have passed the G5 by. If you're looking to play 4-5 year old games, you'll be fine. Who wants to do that, though?

    That said, you'll have a hard time finding a good source of any of the high-end cards. They'll be expensive for what they do. If you spend a little time learning, you'll be able to flash a PC card at a considerably lower cost.
     

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