The Fastest AGP Card Available to Macs?

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  1. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    I have a PowerMac G4 tower, 1.8ghz. What is the absolute fastest, highest performance video card anyone has put into, or heard of anyone putting into an AGP Mac? Including people flashing PC cards?
     
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    That's a 1.8 upgrade, then, right?
     
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    Definitely.
     
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    Well I just wanted to make sure that it wasn't a G5 and he accidently typed G4, toolbox..errr...Yeller. :D :p
     
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    Do you mean a Sawtooth, the original AGP Graphics Mac?

    Doesn't matter, as that one is an 2x AGP box, which means that graphics card linked above should work fine. HOWEVER, your bus is MASSIVELY slow in a Swatooth, so you'd never get the performance out of that card that would warrant the $. IMO, a smaller (cheaper) card would work just fine.
     
  7. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

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    I already have one. I always hear about people flashing PC cards. I was hoping someone had flashed one of the better nVidia or ATI X series cards.

    Yes, from Sonnet. Its a very fast system. I just want to know if it could be even faster in regards to video performance.
     
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    Lord Blackadder here flashed a pretty high-end NVIDIA card for his G4...lemme do a search.
     
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    Don't think so.. you (and me too) are hampered (bottlenecked) by your bus speed.
     
  10. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

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    I find that even with the bus speed, my 1.8ghz more that ass-kicks my 1.5ghz Albook in every single way... no matter what becnhmark app I run or what FCP render situation I time, it's faster. Bus speed is a factor yes, but not a huge factor.
     
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  12. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

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    After further pondering, I want to rephrase my previous statement.

    Obviously with a 133mhz system bus and 4x AGP slot, video and processor performance will never be at G5 levels. But a 7800GS on a 133mhz bus will still be faster than a 9800 on a 133mhz bus.
     
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    just flash a 6800 GT, i believe one of the other forum members have already done this. the 9800 pro is such old technology, not to mention the mac version is overpriced
     
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    But I already have a 9800, so it's too late to worry about price. How does the 6800 GT compare to the 9800?
     
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    Kicks ass and takes names. :cool:
     

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