Video Card for an old mac

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Optikal, Apr 16, 2004.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2004
    I need to get a new video card for an old Beige G3 mac. Well, the problem is, that I don't know anything about the macs, like what video card will suit, where to shop for etc. Could you guys please give me some tips?
  2. macrumors 65816


    Feb 10, 2003
    Buckeye Country, O-H
    Here is the best card tht the Beige G3 can support, i think, at least this is the one i have. You want this: ATI Radeon 7000 Mac Edition PCI card. I bought mine off of eBay for around $100, but i'm sure if you look around you could find one cheaper somewhere else. Here is some info i found for you:
  3. macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    wait a month or so. ati is bringing out a radeon 9200 128mb pci card soon. it will smoke the current radeon 7000 and cost the same.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2004
    As for the other video cards (eg. other models of Radeon), how do I know if they are compatible with my G3 or not? Is it that any mac graphics card, that supports PCI, should work, or is there something more to it?

    I can wait a month if the new card is worth the wait. Where can I find more info on it?


    oh, and BTW, I am running OS 9, if that matters...
  5. macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003

    the pci radeons for mac will work in any mac with pci. period.

    the 7000 is os9 compatible so I can't see what the 9200 wouldn't be. the pci video card market for macs is geared first at older macs and second at the current users of new towers that need a second video card.

    the 7000 is the second most popular purchased upgrade for power mac G3 owners. beige and blue.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2004
    Thanks a lot for the info guys... you were really helpful.

    One more question. I don't and won't be playing any games on that G3. Although I still do some graphics stuff on the computer, its not framerate based. Is it still worth waiting for the 9200? And is there and official date of release for it?

    and just curious, which is the most popular one?
  7. macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    for 2D the 9200 won't be that much faster and i'm not sure exactly when it will be out. ati was showing off a 9200 128mb pci at the last mac world earlier this year so i'm sure it won't be much longer.

    even if you're not going to game with it its worth the wait. why buy a 32mb card when a few weeks down the road you can get a 128mb card for the same price?
  8. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2004
    I have to buy the video card now... can't wait any longer. Does anyone know if it will support OS 8.6??

    And where is a good place to buy it?
  9. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2004
  10. macrumors 65816


    Oct 29, 2003
    Democratic People's Republic of Kalifornia
    From ATI's Website



    System Requirements
    PCI (66MHz or 33MHz) - capable Macintosh
    Mac® OS 9,2.1 or Mac® OS X* 10.1
    QuickTime™ 5.0
    OpenGL® 1.2.2 (required for 3D graphics)
    *Blue & White G3 or later required for Mac® OS X support
    Graphics Controllers
    RADEON™ 7000 MAC EDITION graphics engine

    Memory Configurations

    32MB Double Data Rate (DDR)
    Operating Systems Support
    Mac® OS 9.0* or later
    Mac® OS X 10.1 or later
    *Apple OpenGL® 1.2.2 (part of OS 9.2.1) is required for 3D graphics

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