Quicksilver Graphics Card Upgrade...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by allroy, Jul 29, 2004.

  1. allroy macrumors member

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    Looking to replace the stock nVidia GeForce 2MX (32mb) with something a little um better. I don't play video games, I need this for Photoshop & Flash mainly. I can pick up the ATI Radeon 9000 (128mb) for $160 from OWC or I can get a flashed 9800 Pro for $260. I'm not worried about the money, but I've heard anything above the 9000 on a Quicksilver is wasted (barefeats.com). Or should I search for a Geforce 4Ti?

    If anyone has experience with anything I mentioned I's appreciate some feedback.

    thanks,
    -j
     
  2. invaLPsion macrumors 65816

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    If you aren't going to be playing games then the video ram is really what counts for what you do. The 9000 is a good upgrade from a GeForce 2mx.
     
  3. ChrisFromCanada macrumors 65816

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    I've got the 9800 Pro and it works well I do some light gaming and it is great for mid resolutions. But since you are mainly concerned with PS and Flash I would say 9000 would be good. I do kinda also agree with barefeets in that now my video card is faster than my processors so it is kinda wasted speed.
     
  4. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    For 2D-only applications, the 9000 will suit your needs. However, keep in mind the requirements for Core Image (in Tiger).

    Supported graphics cards:
    • ATI Radeon 9800 XT
    • ATI Radeon 9800 Pro
    • ATI Radeon 9700 Pro
    • ATI Radeon 9600 XT
    • ATI Radeon 9600 Pro
    • NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Ultra
    • NVIDIA GeForceFX 5200 Ultra

    Because of this, I would recommend trying to find a 9600 Pro for your G4, or a used/ebay 9700 or 9800.
     
  5. allroy thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks Everyone!

    While the 9000 will do what I need, I didn't even think about this! Great advice.
    -j

     
  6. krimson macrumors 65816

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    go with the 9000, unless you have another $100 to freely spend :)
     
  7. slughead macrumors 68030

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    I'd recommend the 9800 Special Edition ( http://macmall.com ) or the FX6800 ( http://apple.com/store )
     
  8. Horrortaxi macrumors 68020

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    Then what you have now is adequate.

    What's lacking in your Photoshop and Flash performance?
     

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