Replacement Graphics Card for Power Mac G5 (1.6GHz)

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by franc1974, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2011
    Hello All,
    I'm trying to help a friend with a Power Mac G5 (1.6GHz) whose graphics card needs replacing.
    The current card is an ATI Radeon 9800 PRO (256MB).
    The computer is used for photo-editing in Adobe Photoshop along with other everyday stuff.
    The budget is £80 / $120.
    I don't understand about flashing PC cards and I'm the techy one I'm afraid.
    Can anyone recommend a similar or better replacement graphics card within that budget?
    Thanks in advance.

    Photo of current (broken) card:
  2. macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2011
    The 9800 PRO you have is the fastest card that will work in that machine. $120 will not even afford a replacement of the same card. That budget will only afford the significantly weaker 9700.

    What makes you say the card is bad?
  3. sysiphus, Jul 7, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2011

    macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2006
    Nope. The AGP G5s can also take the Geforce 6800 GT, 6800 Ultra, Radeon X800, and X850. Any of the above are massively better than a 9800, and can also drive larger displays (30" ACDs). It'll cost you ~200USD for one, though (~£125)

    The Radeon 9700 for Mac will only work in a MDD G4, NOT in any G5.

  4. macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2011
    Nope. I have one in my 1.6.

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