video card upgrade?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by adamfilip, Mar 14, 2004.

  1. adamfilip macrumors 6502a

    adamfilip

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    I have a 1.6 G5 with 1.25 DDR in, overall im satisfied with its performance
    although next time i will spring for a dualie for sure

    I run dual 21" monitors at 1600x1200 @ millions of colors each
    on the base video card that comes with the 1.6 g5

    i dont play many games and mainly do graphics work

    would i notice an increase in performance going to a higher end video card
    (not game performance)

    attached is a pic of my setup
     

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  2. Sparky's macrumors 6502a

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    Adam the G5 comes with either the Navidia or Radeon cards sporting 64mb of DDR ram the next level would be the ATI Radeon 9800 card that goes to 128mg check it out:
    http://www.ati.com/products/radeon9800/radeon9800pro/

    You probably will notice an increase in performance.
     
  3. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816

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    for 2D you really will not see any improvment at all with a new card. 3D yes, 2D no. the main thing that boosts 2D is system speed and quartz extreme. you would have to upgrade to a card many times better than what you have now to see an improvment and the only card out now faster than your nvidia 5200 would only be a bit faster.

    by the way I was just wondering how you can stand 1600x1200 on a 21"? osx is so huge and pixel hogging to me that I run a 19" @ 1920x1440. you must have bad eyes ;) j/k
     
  4. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030

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    Nope... a better card won't make any difference in your case. The 5200 is a pretty solid card, so you're not lacking in 2D at all.
     
  5. adamfilip thread starter macrumors 6502a

    adamfilip

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    Heh,, well 1600x1200 looks the sharpest on my screens. ive tried 19x14 but. it gets too small. even running 16x12 makes things look too small, especially when im making websites to fit a 800x600 screen

    :)

    guess my next step would be to get a dualie.cpu to match my dualie monitors then i could get duaie 74 gig raptor and raid them up and then i will change my name to Dualie Guy.. and maybe get a second GF and ... yeah maybe not..
     
  6. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    I think it's because you're a freak :p I run a 17" at 1280x1028, and it's too small. Of course, I'm also sitting about four feet away from it in a nice recliner :D
     
  7. superbovine macrumors 68030

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    the scary thing is when ppl are coding at 1600x1200 on dual monitors. that is just eye strain waiting to happen.
     
  8. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816

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    I have just always used super high res and this is the reason I can only use crt's as an lcd always has very limited res.

    even with crt's you have to buy the really high end and large ones. my 19" is the top 19 that viewsonic make. it was only 400 canadian also :)

    I run 1280x1024 on a 15", 1600x1200 on a 17" and at least 1792x1344 on a 19 or 2048x1536 on a 20 or 21" these high res. take a week or so to really get used to and once you're used to it you see how much room you have and how crisp and clear everything looks. 1920x1440 is just under the equivalent of 4 screens running 1024x768.
     
  9. OutThere macrumors 603

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  10. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    wow....

    How about getting those displays all around: 360*....
     
  11. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Maybe when the Radeon 12000 is released :D
     
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  14. Dreadnought macrumors 68020

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    oh my god! That's a cool screen! And how do you guys get such high resolutions and like it? I have an ole' Apple 20" and 17" B&W crt. I have them running at 1152*870 and 1024*768. If I go any higher everything gets soooo small and the screens aren't clear anymore.
     

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