Replacement Graphics Card for Power Mac G5 (1.6GHz)

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

  1. franc1974
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    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:
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  2. mac.tastic
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    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
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    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. mac.tastic
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    Nope. I have one in my 1.6.
     
  5. lhoffstadt
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    hi, I also have a Mac G5 1.6 with his standar graphic card and I was planning to upgrade this card.
    Im not sure if I will used Ubuntu or keep OSX 10.5.8

    So based on what has been said here, my options are;

    ATI Radeon 9800 PRO, Geforce 6800 GT, 6800 Ultra, Radeon X800, and X850?


    is this correct?

    what would be best for Ubuntu or OSX?

    Thanks
     
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    For Linux, stay away from nVidia cards, the X850XT is the best card for the AGP G5's
     
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    Also, you can get a PC graphics card for cheaper than a Mac edition card, and flash it with a Mac ROM. I have my eyes on an X850XT for 15$ so don't take it!
     
  8. lhoffstadt
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    hahaha, don´t worry, I wont, thanks again for follow up and help me on this.
     
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    Honestly, I think at this point if you're going to throw money at a G5 it's probably better spent looking for a higher end, dual processor system.

    I'd take a dual 1.8 or better with a Radeon 9800 over a 1.6 with a 6800/X800/X850 any day, and the cost to upgrade will be the same if not less.
     
  10. lhoffstadt
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    yes, I think that is a good idea, but I was thinking on replaced the video card on the G5 1.6 so I can install Ubuntu to have better chance with the video drivers
     
  11. LightBulbFun, Oct 1, 2015
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    this should go into the Linux thread Properly but based on my quick research I do not think the R4xx (AKA X800 and 850 cards) is supported in PowerPC linux indeed i have had no luck getting a FireGL X3 or X850XT working in PPC linux (altho I plan to play with it a bit today)
     

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