512 Mb Video card in a G5

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by johnsta, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. johnsta macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2010
    Does anyone know if its possible to install a video card with more than 256mb of RAM in a 2.7 dual G5? (8xAGP and PCI-e)
    Iv'e read lots about flashing ROM on cards but they all seem to be 256 - is there some limitation on flashing bigger/newer cards?
  2. Giuly macrumors 68040


    Install a flashed 7600GS with 256MB RAM, this is one of the most advanced AGP 8x cards (and the most affordable, better are only 7800 and 7950).
    If you have PCIe though, even later nVidia card should work, maybe even the GT120s, but most probably the 8800GT 512MB.

    The 2.7GHz DP doesn't have PCIe though, it has PCI-ports (2xPCI-X 100MHz 64Bit and 1x PCI-X 133MHz 64Bit, to be exactly).
  3. johnsta thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2010
    Ive got a 256Mb card in already but lightwave seems to struggle these days - just trying to breath a bit more life into the machine until I can afford an upgrade.
    Yes your right re the PCI-X that was a costly mistake last time I bought a card for it :eek:
    would those other cards need flashing?

    would this be a candidate?

  4. 666sheep macrumors 68040


    Dec 7, 2009
    Nope. None of above (7600, GT120 and 8800GT) will work in G5. There's no PPC ROMs for listed cards.
    At this moment there's no confirmed working flash of 512MB AGP card with all memory recognized. Unfortunately all of ROM geniuses able to make this possible are retired :(
    Most powerful what you can have in this G5 is 7800GS (or Gainward's GT one) or Mac ATI X800XT/flashed FireGL X3, but all with 256MB RAM. No 512MB card for AGP G5.
  5. johnsta thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2010
    I suspected as much - seems such a minefield getting accurate info.

    Is it me but the fact that PC users can get such a huge array of cards at dirt cheap prices an indication of restrictive possibly monopolistic practices by apple or am I just p'd :)

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