Any graphics card in powermac or just apple certified?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by blue_monkey, Jan 14, 2005.

  1. blue_monkey macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2004
    i'm thinking about getting a powermac G5 soon. and i want to update the gfx-board as i don't wanna stuck with the crappy 5200. so here's my question: i have a 9800pro from ati laying around here and it's not beeing used. Can i use it in the powermac? i know apple has special versions of all those graphic cards but is it possible to put a non-apple graphic in there?

    thanks for answers,
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    It needs to be a Mac version as they have different ROM images for a whole host of reasons (starting with: Macs do not use a PC BIOS, but OpenFirmware which needs different hardware init code). You cannot use a PC card unless you can flash it to the Mac ROM (unsupported, not always possible).

    Sorry :(
  3. blue_monkey thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2004
    alrite then i will go with the 9600XT i think. i know it's probably off topic but how well does the 9600XT perform? can i play any game that's out there at least in 1024*768?
  4. gangst macrumors 6502a

    Dec 27, 2004
    thhe 9600xt aint no bad card but it aint killer either, startin to date, u can find benchmarks, comparisons here Barefeats

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