Radeon 9800 Pro 128mb or 256mb?

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  1. macgeek2005 macrumors 65816

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    I'm buying a Radeon 9800 Pro for my G4 tower so i'll be able to play Call of Duty 2.

    I can get a 128mb card on ebay for $135, and a 256mb card at OWC for $259.

    I'm tempted to get the much more expensive one, simply because on a machine like mine, every little bit makes a difference.

    I also need to buy the ADC - DVI adapter, which is another $89, so i'm looking at around $300 or around $400 for the whole bundle, including the game.

    Is $100 more worth the extra vram?

    Thanks
     
  2. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    I'm gonna say to go with the cheaper card. I don't think that VRAM bump is worth well over a hundred dollars.

    Actually, maybe you could do something like this instead:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=176957

    That card'll be in the mid range pricewise as the two you want, and will no doubt be more powerful.
     
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    Check the compatibility. In 2004, there was a 128 MB model for G4 systems, and a 256 MB model for G5s. They may have subsequently released a 256 MB G4 model, but check and make sure that it'll work.
     
  4. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    I say save the $100 and go with the 128MB ATI Radeon 9800 Pro. :)
     
  5. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Just a question about the adapter for the monitor. Which one are you getting exactly?

    The DVI -> ADC adpater is the expensive on at ~US$99.
    An ADC -> DVI adapter is much less as all it does is remove the power and USB signals from the ADC connection.
     
  6. Foxglove9 macrumors 65816

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    You might be disappointed on performance. I had an ATI 9800pro 128 running on my 1 Ghz G4 and Unreal 2004 wasn't very playable, and Doom 3 was just a joke. I can't imagine how poor COD2 will run.

    Just a warning that's all.
     
  7. macgeek2005 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well my 9000 Pro that's currently in my computer runs games better than that. So you must have had something messed up.
     
  8. macgeek2005 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/AddLogix/MCADVIADC/
     
  9. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Ah right, OK, in your original post you say ADC -> DVI adapter. Just thought you might want to fix that up, the order of the acronyms makes a big difference in terms of the product.

    So your video card only has DVI ports but you have an old Apple Studio/Cinema Display then?
     
  10. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Don't worry, either of the Radeon 9800 Pros will provide a big boost in performance macgeek2005. :)
     
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  12. macgeek2005 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh god thank you! You just saved me $100. I'm not paying $100 for a 0 to 1 frame per second improvement. Especially considering that i'm upgrading to an iMac or a MacBook Pro by the end of this year.
     
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    When you make upgrades like that, you also have to ask yourself how much the investment into that computer is worth...how good is the computer itself and how long it will last. If you were putting it in a Quad G5, I'd definitely say you should go for the 256, as it'll be up-to-date for a longer period of time, but with your G4 tower, the investment might not be worth it.
     
  14. macgeek2005 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm celebrating my $100 saving by buying Quake 4 as well. I've been playing Doom 3 with my 9000 Pro at Low quality/800x600 resolution. So i'm sure whatever quality quake 4 will play at, will be good enough for me. :D

    Thanks again.
     
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    Good choice, Quake 4 is a fun game to play. :)
     
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    I think the one listed by OWC has a slightly faster processor, but I'm not up on that area, and regardless you'd probably be talking about differences of a couple of percent at most. I seriously doubt you'd notice the difference for your $100.
     
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    Macgeek, you got one hell of a setup...I'm slowly getting there.
     
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  21. macgeek2005 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks. I love my computer. The next thing I need is a better moniter. I only have a 15" ADC Moniter. :(
     
  22. macgeek2005 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hey, does anyone want the 9000 Pro/64mb that's currently in my computer?
     
  23. macgeek2005 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I just asked the seller more about the card, and this is what he said:

    "This is not a retail ATI boxed or Apple OEM Radeon 9800 video
    card so a box is not included. It is, however, a fully Mac-compatible
    card that is fully ATI-updateable, meaning future ATI updates will
    continue to be supported by this video card in the future. Most
    other 9800s being sold on ebay cannot make this claim."

    What's this mean?
     
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    It means it was a PC card that was flashed with a mac rom. You should ask if it is 8x or 4x. I've read about sleep and DVI output issues with some brands of flashed cards.

     
  25. macgeek2005 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh... it says on the listing "PowerMac G4/G5, so it must be 4x or 4x/2x.

    Now i'm thinking I should've gone with the $259 card from OWC or the Mac 9700 Pro for $230....
     

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