G4 MDD GPU options

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  1. MatthewLTL macrumors 68000

    MatthewLTL

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    Will any of the AGP cards with a longer AGP slot work in a MDD (Such as the PM G5 5200?
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    No, those are AGP Pro cards and the MDD G4 has an AGP 4X slot.
     
  3. harrymatic macrumors 6502

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    Actually, the OEM G5 FX5200 can be modified to work in a G4 system - it's a really ugly and dangerous mod, but it is certainly doable. I doubt this modification would work for any other AGP Pro cards though, as they probably actually use the additional power the slot can provide.
     
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    It's a lot of work, IMO, for a mediocre card. The 9600XT is about the same price on the secondary market, but is much easier to modify(just tape pins 3 and 11 unless you want to power an ADC display) and is also a much better card.
     
  5. MatthewLTL thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I have actually decided on a FireGL X3 X800 XT Flashed card. However if i cannot obtain that by the time i have the money for it ill get the 9600 or any other card i can that will fit. And ill just take a screw driver and "break" the connection on pins 3 and 11 like in that article. Question though: Is the pins 3 and 11 on the front (heatsink) side of the card or the back side?
     
  6. bunnspecial macrumors 603

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    On the back.

    I'd suggest reading up on taping cards on here or elsewhere if you're going to physically alter the card. That will save you from damaging it irreversibly.
     
  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    Do not break the traces. Only ever tape off the pins.
     
  8. gsahli macrumors 6502a

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    I did the mod - using a dremel tool. Found it to be easy.
    But - I don't see a significant difference, other than "Quartz Extreme - Supported" in system info.
    (MDD 1GHz, still running Tiger)
     

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