What To Doooo!!!!! Apple....dell!?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Sca1pel, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. Sca1pel macrumors regular

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    Alright, So Im planning on switching the "family computer" (DELL 8200 2.2ghz P4) for a 20in iMac.... Then selling three dell 2405fpw's and getting two 30in cinema's. Im wondering tho, is it a good time to sell my powermac? Specs are in sig... If I sell I'll get a quad with at least 4gb of ram... but my question is can I get two nvidia 6800le's and have each one run one 30? or do I have to get the 4400 quarda
     
  2. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    Unless I'm wrong Apple's G5s only have one PCIe 16x slot, so you can only have one graphics card. You could have a look into which ATI cards when flashed would work in the Powermac (or nVidia for that matter, I just think ATI cards are easier to flash) and then flash it.
     
  3. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    The G5 page says:

    "Support for two 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Displays requires a PCI Express-based Power Mac G5 configuration with the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 or installation of an additional NVIDIA GeForce 6600 graphics card; support for more than two displays requires installation of one or more additional NVIDIA GeForce 6600 graphics cards."

    So I guess you can just put in two graphics cards for the two displays.
     
  4. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    Where do the extra 6600s go though?? Do they go into a single lane PCI Express slot?
     
  5. Apple Corps macrumors 68020

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    They go into one of the available slots - one 8X and two 4X slots available - PLENTY of bandwidth on even the 4X slots - not sure there is a 1X slot.
     
  6. livingfortoday macrumors 68030

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    Apple site again:

    "In addition to the 16-lane graphics slot, the Power Mac G5 features three PCI Express expansion slots: two four-lane slots and one eight-lane slot.(1) Each slot uses a standard connector that can accommodate a card of any size. This means you can install a PCI Express graphics card in any PCI Express slot — enabling a single Power Mac G5 to support four, six, or even eight displays.(2)"

    And a footnote:
    "The NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 graphics card occupies the 16-lane PCI Express slot and adjacent PCI Express slot. Maximum of one NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 or GeForce 7800 GT card per system. To support up to eight 20-inch or 23-inch Apple Cinema Displays, install up to three additional NVIDIA GeForce 6600 graphics cards."
     
  7. zap2 macrumors 604

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    what are you doing that you need all that Power and screen space?

    One job, that needs a SUPER MAC!
     
  8. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

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    Wow. That really is cool. Most PC based SLI solutions only offer 1x16 OR 2x8. If the PowerPCs have longer bays so that you can put a PCIe graphics card in *any* of them then that is seriously ground breaking. Truly awesome stuff!! Now if only they would allow SLI over those bays. Maybe as more games get ported to OSX x86 a demand will grow for it.
     

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