Best video card I can get for my Power mac?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by stinkey diver, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. stinkey diver macrumors newbie

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    I just bought a power mac and want to upgrade the video card to the best possible. Do i HAVE to get a special mac made nvidia card or can i get a high end 8x agp nvidia or ati card? Ive herd some will work but some wont. Please advise.
     
  2. yippy macrumors 68020

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    You pretty much have to get a Mac specific card. A few standard cards will work but only after you flash them with a Mac rom which requires a PC.
     
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  4. jamesi macrumors 6502a

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    if you go by the book, the best you can get for a Powermac g4 is a 9800pro. however, ppl have been successful flashing PC graphics cards and putting them into powermac G4s, but its alot more DIY than most ppl like
     
  5. yippy macrumors 68020

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    The best depends on what model you have. Most all of the G4s it is the ATI 9800. For PowerMac G5s I want to say the best is ATI X800 but I could be wrong about that.
     
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  7. Dainas macrumors newbie

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    Well, that technically is the best you can get if you have a 133/166mhz fsb Powermac G4 or AGP G5. I would not spend that on a G4 but for a higher AGP G5 it could be worth it. Just make sure you do NOT have a PCIe G5.

    That card cost $250 brand new 2 years ago. Know because thats what I payed for it to use in a PC back then. Exact same model down to the cooler (its actually a BFG 7800GS OC, not GT) and I flashed it myself and it now resides in my powermac. I'd wait as I have seen that exact same card already flashed for way less. Its about a $100 videocard today that someone just took a few minutes to flash in a PC.
     
  8. stinkey diver thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ive got a dual 1.8ghz g5. If I can find one to buy that i can flash ill probably go for it.
     

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