Dual 2.0 Video card upgrade options help needed

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by fkntotalkaos, Feb 20, 2008.

  1. fkntotalkaos macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2007
    1) Will my GeForce4 Ti 4600 fit my G5 tower, Dual 2.0 ghz
    2) If not what is the best 3D video card for gaming?
    3) is it possible to have 2 video cards running at the same time for 2 monitors, 2 23's?:apple:
  2. Lord Zedd macrumors 6502a

    Lord Zedd

    Oct 24, 2007
    Denver, Colorado
    GeForce4 Ti 4600 from what?
    Which dual 2.0? There are 4 different versions and one of them takes different cards.

    The ATI X1900 is the most powerful video card for the G5s, even the $$$$$$ Quadro does not perform as well.
  3. fkntotalkaos thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2007
    nvidia GeForce4 Ti 4600 used in my G4

    So ATI X1900 is the best card for the Dual G5's? on the PPC platform?
  4. MikeL macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2003
    Bloomington, MN
    Is your G5 PCI-e or is it AGP? Without knowing that, no one can provide you with accurate answers.
  5. fkntotalkaos thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 24, 2007
    I was just about to ask the difference between the two. Thank you for beating me to the punch.:apple:

    Specs based on the box:

    * Dual 2GHz PowerPc G5 processors

    * Current Video card NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 Ultra graphics card with 64MB of DDR SDRAM and dual display support

    * Four expansion slots (one AGP 8X Pro slots with graphics card installed; one open 133MHz, 64-bit PCI-X slot and two open 100MHz,64-bit PCI-X slots)
  6. MikeL macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2003
    Bloomington, MN
    Then you have a considerable number of options available to you.

    Your 4600 may work, but there's a risk involved. There was a change from the MDD AGP implementation to the G5 AGP implementation. I can't recall the specifics, but my ATI 9700 Pro that came out of an MDD wouldn't work in my G5. I suspect you may run into the same problem with your 4600 card.

    As for what cards you can choose from, there's a wide range. Sticking just to the Apple and ATI Mac cards, you've got a three types of ATI 9600 cards that would work, two types of 9800s, an OEM x850xt, an ATI x800xt, and a couple of GF6800 flavors. Any of them would give better performance than your 5200, which is at the bottom of the barrel.

    I used to run a 23" and 20" monitor on my old G5. One video card--even the one you have now--will run both 23" monitors.

    None of the cards will give you great game performance with modern games. Those have passed the G5 by. If you're looking to play 4-5 year old games, you'll be fine. Who wants to do that, though?

    That said, you'll have a hard time finding a good source of any of the high-end cards. They'll be expensive for what they do. If you spend a little time learning, you'll be able to flash a PC card at a considerably lower cost.

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