Graphics card upgrade for G5

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  1. webthing macrumors newbie

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    I have a 2GHz Dual G5 with the standard Radeon 9600 card in it (ADC & DVI). If I want to upgrade to a better graphics card do I need to make sure I get one from a mac specialist? Or could I - for example - buy one cheap off the internet (say the 9800) and install it in the machine? Given that the new screens are now running off DVI is there anything different between a card like this for a mac and the same one for a PC??

    As long as OSX drivers exist for the card it should be ok shouldn't it??

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  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Nope, there are some hardware differences. Unfortunately, a non-Mac-specific card will not run in your G5. God knows I wish it would... I'm in the same boat.
     
  3. webthing thread starter macrumors newbie

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    In reply to that then.... anyone recommend a store that has decent prices on G5 compatible cards? Preferably in the UK.
     
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  5. Converted2Truth macrumors 6502a

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    Buy.com seems to have the best prices for ati 9800 pro/se cards, along with pc cards. new users get 10-15 dollars off their first purchase too.
     
  6. invaLPsion macrumors 65816

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    Newegg offers the Radeon 9800 for mac at $299 with free shipping. That's the cheapest I've seen, plus, Newegg is one of the most trusted online stores on the internet.
     
  7. webthing thread starter macrumors newbie

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    it's still stupidly overpriced compared to the PC version. Damn mac-tax! :mad:
     
  8. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Have you had major problems with the 9600? Seems to work fine for me. I'd like something faster, but I can't at all say I need it or, 99% of the time, would even see any improvement.
     
  9. webthing thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, i haven't had any problems with it. It's just that I'm looking at Motion and Apple recommend a better graphics card (even though the 9600 will still work). I'm just wondering how much difference it would make. Guess I won't know until I try out Motion for real.
     
  10. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Might I recommend you put off buying anything for a few weeks? The reason: the 6800 Ultras are coming. You don't need one - but a number of people are going to upgrade to it - freeing up their current cards. Hopefully, they'll post them for sale in this forum. You could probably get a 9800 Pro at a reasonable price.
     
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    I might be getting a Rev A. 1.8 G5 here in the near future (my father is thinking of selling me his for $1,000 flat, who am I to stop him?) but I'm going to upping the graphics card. I looked at ATI's web site for vid cards and they show the Raedon 9800 Pro w/ 128 MB of RAM for $150. They're out of stock but when I go to pricewatch the card selles for over $300?! What gives?
     
  12. keysersoze macrumors 68000

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    I'd say make sure it's the mac version. Also there are 2 mac versions:

    9800 w/128MB memory ~$350
    9800 SE w/256MB memory ~$400

    You could find them for a bit cheaper, but not as low as $150. Even a flashed PC 9800 would run you over $200 on eBay.
     
  13. SilentPanda Moderator emeritus

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    I totally believe you but... on ATI's site...

    http://shop.ati.com/product.asp?sku=2513464

    Say's $150... which blew my mind when I found it being sold for $300+

    Edit: Ahhhhh nevermind... that's the Radeon 9000 Pro... not the 9800... I'm an idiot.

    Edit 2: Well not a total idiot... the "buy" link on the left hand side from this page: http://www.ati.com/products/radeon9800/radeon9800prome/index.html
    takes you to the purchase of the Radeon 9000... weird.
     
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