NVIDIA GeForce 7800 Upgrade For Quad G5

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  1. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

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    So if you bought a quad and didn't get the 7800 and wanted to upgrade where would you get it?

    I did a quick search at Apple and they don't offer it and web searches all come up with PC versions of the card.

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  2. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    I'm stumped...I thought this was available as a kit from Apple.

    There's a good chance that they simply have no stock of these cards, of course.
     
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    I'm just curious, is all. If I got a quad G5 I might or might not pick it up in person at the Apple store. If I get it at the store, then I'm probably not going to have the option for the 7800....bleh.

    And what's the time frame on the x1800XT?

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    The PC version of the X1800XT was announced in October IIRC, and they are now reasonably available. But I've heard nothing at all about a Mac version yet...
     
  6. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    And there's also the GTX version of the 7800 with 512 Megs of RAM which isn't available for Mac either.

    Quite an annoying situation - and it seems its always been that way....

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    Actually, I think Mac users have become spoiled since the introduction of the 6800 and X800 series - now we're getting back to the "sloppy seconds" philosophy of Mac video cards.

    I really hope that some day soon the words "dual platform card" will be printed on the boxes of every new release.

    *shouts to nVidia and ATI* "It's just a firmware difference, d*mmit!":mad:
     
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    I've heard the Mac version is low on supply and high on demand, so I'm guessing they're all being used in the BTO. Of course, but the time it's available as a retail kit, a new model will be out just like what happened with the X800/850.
     
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    But that too is only an option on the BTO machines - no upgrade kits from Apple. And its way too much money for what I'm looking at. I'll be getting more RAM and another 24" monitor (dual 24"s work out better than a single 30").

    The thing is, like solvs said, it won't be available until the a new is out....so I'm wondering if I should wait till after MWSF or not - but the thing is I can really use the machine now for some work I'm doing and even the 6600 is far ahead of what I have now.

    There's no guarantee that I'll be able to get a quad at the store anyway - but I just need to know my options.

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    I second this.

    OK, so we haven't even heard of any rumors confirming any announcement of this grfx card for the Mac.
    But is must just be plain common sense that ATi must be working on some card for the PCI-E G5. It's all nVidia now, and I won't be surprized to see some big announcement from ATi @ MWSF.
    My bet is that the X1800 XT will be launched in January, bragging the H.264 hardware support on it.

    I would wait till after MWSF.
     
  12. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    I've been thinking there was going to be something announced as well for MWSF.

    And since its less than a month away, it might just be best to wait. I can eek out on my current system that much longer I think.

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    Any chance that we will see speed bumps to the PM at MWSF? :D

    I mean if some are guessing that new cards for the PM will be unveiled.. maybe we will see Intel PowerMacs!
     
  14. Morn macrumors 6502

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    Hopefully mactel's will be able to use normal PC firmware. :D I mean, as I understand the problem is that some of the firmware code needs to run on the CPU of the computer, hence the mac firmware for video card has some powerpc code in it.
    However, I'm sure you can just buy a pc 7800GTX, get the GPU firmware from say a friends quad powermac and put it onto your own 7800GTX.:D
     
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    Only GT is available for Mac.
     
  16. Mr. Anderson thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    I'd love to see someone try that first to make sure it works :D

    I'm going to wait until MWSF before I buy - and then I'll get a BTO with the config that has the best card for me. There's no sense to play around with stuff afterwards and I can work with what I have for another month....

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