Best/fastest/latest graphics card for PowerMac11,2?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by eyeangle, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. eyeangle macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2014
    Melbourne, Australia
    Just picked up a second-hand PowerMacDual2.0GHz (Late 2005) - PowerMac11,2

    Cleaned out the dust so it's looking brand new.

    Where can I find a list of compatible video cards?

    I going to to deck it out with 16GB ram and installing latest Leopard version but just don't know about the graphics card.

    Any help would be great, thanks.
  2. Intelligent macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2013

    Depends on workstation or gaming,

    geforce 8000 ultra is a good card for the powermac but I'm not sure its the best, it only has 256 mbs of graphics memory.
  3. eyeangle thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2014
    Melbourne, Australia
    Thanks for the help I'll check it out.

    Using for video editing. So workstation.
  4. Graveyard macrumors regular

    Jul 29, 2009
    What the... This is the first time i've heard of an 8000 series card for a POWERMAC! Are you sure about the advice you just gave? From what i know, the 7800 is the last one to have a PPC rom.
  5. JaguarGod macrumors 6502


    Mar 27, 2010
    The late 2005 G5 PowerMacs were the Dual Core PCIe Macs. As far as an 8000 Ultra for the PCIe Powermacs, there is not one. There was a 6800 Ultra for the earlier AGP versions of the PowerMac G5.

    I think the best options are;
    1. Flashed 7800 GTX 512MB (I have a couple in my Quads)
    2. QuadroFX 4500 512MB (in one the Quads)

    The Radeon X1900 I still use in one of my DC 2.3Ghz G5's and it runs well also. But I like the GTX 7800 and the QuadroFX 4500 the best.
  6. eyeangle thread starter macrumors regular


    Jan 2, 2014
    Melbourne, Australia
  7. thesaz123 macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2013
    York, PA, USA
    Flashed means that the card has a PC (Windows) ROM on it, and you FLASH it (replace the ROM) with a PowerPC Mac-compatible ROM. Usually done through DOS, or a program in windows.

    (Please correct me if I gave a wrong explanation)
  8. takeshi7 macrumors newbie

    Jan 12, 2014
    I just recently flashed a 7800 GTX 512 to work in my Mac, and I made a thread asking for help here with links to where I got the files:

    Basically you just need to download the Mac ROM and nvflash, then put them on a bootable USB drive. Boot the drive on a PC. Use nvflash to backup the PC ROM that's on the graphics card, then use nvflash again to flash the Mac ROM onto the card.

    I can't remember the nvflash commands, but running nvflash should print out the options. I hope this helps.:)
  9. Nameci macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2010
    The Philippines...
    The late 2005 Powermacs came with 6600LE for the 2.0 dual core, 256MB 6600 for both the 2.3 dual core and 2.5 dual processor, dual core (or simply put, quad core).

    You have 4 choices for a graphics card upgrade;
    1. ATI X1900 256MB
    2. Nvidia GeForce 7800 256MB
    3. Nvidia Quadro FX4500 512MB - Workstation Card (can drive 2 x 30" ACD)
    4. Nvidia GeForce 7800GTX 512MB

    I have an Nvidia QFX 4500 on my quad and it is awesome for my use.

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