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Games for a PowerMac G4 400MHz with an upgraded graphics card?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by alexreich, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Hi all,

    I don't mean to bother, but does anyone know of some games that would run well on the build below?

    Processor: 400MHz PPC G4
    RAM: 1GB
    Graphics Card: Flashed PC Radeon 7000 w/ 64MB VRAM
    OS(s): Mac OS X 10.4 and Mac OS 9.2.2.

    I would prefer games with 3D graphics (2D is okay if the game is a classic) in the Genres of Adventure, Horror, RPG, Strategy, and some Sports.

    If games for hardware similar to this have been discussed on another thread please link me to them so I can have a look at other's recommendations.

    Here are games that I know I already want:
    American McGee's Alice
    Clyve Barker's Undying
    Diabo II
    Duke Nukem 3D
    Quake II
    Quake 3 (I've seen mixed feelings on this game on older hardware)
    Wolfenstein 3D
    Doom II
    Doom 3 (If my hardware can run the PPC version?)

    Thanks for any help/input!

    -Alex :apple:
  2. macrumors 68000


    Sorry dude but with a 400 MHz CPU, you're not going to get very far in terms of 3D gaming, even with a 64mb card...

    I suppose you could try Halo? Maybe Sims 1/2...
  3. macrumors 68000


    Depending on which G4 it is, you can probably track down a faster CPU for it under $50 on eBay. I don't think you'll see too much trouble with those games, but even an extra 100MHz can make a big difference.
  4. macrumors 68030


    The only one I would stay away from Is Doom 3, even 1st generation G5's choke on that game, its specs are crazy high.
  5. alexreich, Mar 15, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2012

    macrumors 6502a


    My model is the AGP PowerMac G4 Sawtooth.

    Doom 3 being out of the question is understandable. I play it on my 2010 Mac mini and it seems like too much for such an old G4.

    EDIT 1: I did try the old Halo demo. It ran terribly on low settings in Tiger. Staying away from that.
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    Return to Castle Wolfenstien!!
  7. macrumors 68000


    Halo really needs at least a 1GHz chip IMO. I ran it on a 1GHz iMac G4, eMac 1.42GHz and 1.25GHz Mini. The eMac was bar far the best mostly because of the GPU I would think.
  8. macrumors regular

    G3 400MHz / Games

    Most of the games you quoted run very well on PowerMac G3 400MHz with standard ATI Rage 128 card.

    So they should be running even faster on a PowerMac G4.

    Have a look at my channel I have a demo of my PowerMac G3 running some of these games:

  9. macrumors 65816


    Yep, I too can attest to some of those games running great on a Sawtooth with a Rage 128, although mine is 500 instead of 400.

    Diablo, Diablo II, Quake, Quake II, and Duke Nukem work great.
  10. macrumors regular

    Oh, I used to play this one over endless nights... :) I might try it again!
  11. macrumors 6502


    I have a dual 450, and my best advice is to stay away from minecraft, less than 1 fps!
  12. macrumors regular

    Do you have the Rage card on your DP 450?
  13. macrumors 6502


    no, i have a geforce (not sure as its at my vacation house) I do have a ATi Rage 128 pro on my 1 GHz free model (gigabit with aftermarket processor), but that is because i need to use a VGA display.

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