Can you buy a video card with the ADC?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by maiku, Jan 30, 2002.

  1. maiku macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2001
    I want to upgrade my ATI rage pro.
    Does any body know if you can even buy a video card with the Apple Display Connector? As far as I know, you can't. The ATI Raedon retail edtion dosen't come with the ADC. What about nVidia? Can you get one from Apple?

    How do I connect my new Apple flat pannel to a new video card without some funky adapter? Kinda defeats the purpose of the ADC....huh?
  2. pc_convert? macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2002
    I've had a quick hunt on the ATi and Nvidia sites, and I can't find a retail board that uses ADC. I don't think Apple sell single cards they are part of the BTO.

    Does seem strange that you have to fork out for an adaptor as well...

    Maybe some pressure needs to put on Nvidia and ATi....
    But is there a large enough market to warrant the cost?
  3. AlphaTech macrumors 601


    Oct 4, 2001
    Natick, MA
    As far as I was able to determine, ADC connections are only on cards from Apple. If you want to use an ADC monitor, then go to Dr.Bot and get their converter. It plugs into a power supply (provided), one USB port and the DVI connection on your video card. The item runs under $150 and allows you to use new Apple screens on older DVI cards.

    The item is called the DVIator (
  4. eric_n_dfw macrumors 68000


    Jan 2, 2002
    DFW, TX, USA

    Does the DVIator actually process anything? Or is it simply a box that takes the DVI input and puts it, along with power (and, possibly, USB) into an ADC connector?

    I was under the impression that the ADC video pins were simply DVI with a different pinout.
  5. EyeMac macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2002
    You can buy cards with ADC connectors. My brother bought the GeForce2 Mx for his Cube. In the uk try
  6. StealthRider macrumors 65816


    Jan 23, 2002
    Yokosuka, Japan
    I was under the impression that Cubes were too small to hold a standard size video card and that they only used minaturized Rage/Radeons.
  7. EyeMac macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2002
    It is the same size card as the rage pro that was in the cube when he bought it. It is slightly smaller than a fill size card and doesn't have the lip on the mounting bracket. It's got a heck of a heatsink on it as well. The url I posted has both cube and powermac agp replacement cards.
  8. MacUser1 macrumors 6502


    Aug 23, 2001
    video cards

    i remember a few months back, when apple put GeForce 2's in their towers. Then the GeForce 3 came out and apple started to sell of their website with the ADC connector, the also sold ATI Radeon's with an ADC connector, I remember because I wanted one of the LCDs, but I am waiting for a G5 (however long that may be).
  9. AlphaTech macrumors 601


    Oct 4, 2001
    Natick, MA
    Re: DVIator

    Apple's ADC connection provides more then just the video signal, it also provides power to the screen. The DVIator takes the DVI signal from your card, adds power, and provides the USB feed that the new ADC monitor uses.

    If a simple pin placement converter could work, I think more companies would be making those.

    There is a cheaper converter that goes the other direction. It takes the ADC connection from your new Mac and converts it into the DVI that exists on many LCD, and some CRT monitors.

    Personally, if I was to get one of Apple's new LCD screens, I would want the single connection to it that the ADC allows.

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