ATI Video Cards

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by j3tang, Aug 12, 2006.

  1. j3tang macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    Just recently came upon this and thought maybe other ehmac users would find it helpful. For those of you with Power Macs or Mac Pros, this might be a good deal??

    This was taken from RFD, posted here:

    I'm not too familiar with video cards for the Mac so here goes:

    Trade-Up Program

    ATI's trade-up program allows you to upgrade your existing graphic card, no matter who made it, to the following boards listed below:

    Radeon X1600 PRO 512MB PCI-E (CAD$149.00) --> CAD$229.00 - $80
    Radeon X1600 PRO 512MB AGP (CAD$149.00) --> CAD$229.00 - $80
    Radeon X1900 CrossFire 512MB PCI-E (CAD$369.00) --> CAD$449.00 - $80
    Radeon X1900 GT 256MB PCI Express (CAD$319.00) --> CAD$399.00 - $80
    Radeon X1900 XTX 512MB PCI-E (CAD$369.00) --> CAD$449.00 - $80

    All-in-Wonder X1900 256MB PCI-E (CAD$219.00) --> CAD$299.00 - $80
    All-in-Wonder X800 XT 256MB AGP (CAD$119.00) --> CAD$199.00 - $80
    All-in-Wonder X800 XL 256MB PCI-E (CAD$319.00) --> CAD$399.00 - $80

    Radeon® 9800 Pro Mac® Edition 256MB AGP USD$199.00-$50.00

    So instead of purchasing a nicer video card for your tower, this might be a better alternative. Cheaper than from Apple too?

    Maybe while we're on the topic, anyone care to explain to me what makes a video card suitable for a Mac? Is any PCI-E card supported? As the above list has the X1900 available which i seem to see a lot about from new Mac Pro purchases.
  2. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    The only card that they have that is guaranteed to work in a Mac is the ATI Radeon 9800 Pro Mac Edition. All of the other cards would appear to be for PeeCees only. :eek:

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