G5 PPC Dual 2.0 Video Card

oldmanmax

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Nov 8, 2005
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After 8 years original video card is giving up the ghost. Really don't see a need to buy a new machine if I can find a video card to replace this one. Any suggestions on where to buy, such as macmall or places like that would be appreciated. Not a gamer, so not looking for something to spend mucho $$$ on. All responses will be appreciated, Thanks.

This is what is in it now:GeForce FX 5200:

Chipset Model: GeForce FX 5200
Type: Display
Bus: AGP
Slot: SLOT-1
VRAM (Total): 64 MB
Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
Device ID: 0x0321
Revision ID: 0x00a2
ROM Revision: 2060
Displays:
VA2226w-3:
Resolution: 1680 x 1050 @ 60 Hz
Depth: 32-Bit Color
Core Image: Hardware Accelerated
Main Display: Yes
Mirror: Off
Online: Yes
Quartz Extreme: Supported
 

doctormark77

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Jul 21, 2010
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If you were happy with the original one, you could get another one off of fleabay. I got an apple oem 9600xt out of a dual powermac g5 for less than 25usd shipped.
 

oldmanmax

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Nov 8, 2005
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rather step it up a little in ram, as you can see the one on its way out is only 64mb. Don't mind spending some cash, but not for just a slow card. Trying to find a place purchase a card that others have good service from.
 

adcx64

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Go for an ATi Radeon 9800 Pro 128 or 256. These are undoubtedly the best cards available for your Mac. I have the 9800 Pro in my G4 MDD and I love it.
 

California

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That's a terrible video card.

Get the 6800 Geforce ultra. Great card for your mac.
 

thekev

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Nothing you put in it will compare in any way to a modern card in speed. What you want is something that won't give you any weird errors.
 

666sheep

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Another vote for 9800 - best bang for buck IMO.
OP, did you hear about flashing? Check this out: http://themacelite.wikidot.com/start

6800 Ultra is loud and hot card. If you're not a gamer better pass on this one.

Nothing you put in it will compare in any way to a modern card in speed. What you want is something that won't give you any weird errors.
No offense, but why do you waste your time typing above worthless words? You even didn't read OP carefully enough... But I guess it must be fun to say something even if you have nothing to say...:confused:
 

thekev

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Another vote for 9800 - best bang for buck IMO.
OP, did you hear about flashing? Check this out: http://themacelite.wikidot.com/start

6800 Ultra is loud and hot card. If you're not a gamer better pass on this one.



No offense, but why do you waste your time typing above worthless words? You even didn't read OP carefully enough... But I guess it must be fun to say something even if you have nothing to say...:confused:
He mentioned he wanted to step it up a bit. I was saying it's a pointless goal on such an old machine.
 

chrismacguy

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He mentioned he wanted to step it up a bit. I was saying it's a pointless goal on such an old machine.
Actually all they wanted was a slightly faster card than the one from 2003. Perfectly achievable goal, and its far from pointless. The OP is perfectly HAPPY with their machine, they just wanted a slight bump in video performance. Do read the post next time :rolleyes:
 

oldmanmax

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Nov 8, 2005
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Upstate NY
Thanks for the input, it looks like I will most likely go with the 9800. Like I mentioned, my card is on its way out, and just looking for a decent replacement card that will work an not that expensive. Not a gamer so this should work. Thanks for the input from everyone.
 

Jethryn Freyman

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Aug 9, 2007
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For general use get the Radeon 9600 XT, anything higher will only be of use for gaming really, and even then the CPU is a pretty big limiting factor, so spending big bucks on a GPU is going to be a waste.
 

666sheep

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Dec 7, 2009
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For general use get the Radeon 9600 XT, anything higher will only be of use for gaming really, and even then the CPU is a pretty big limiting factor, so spending big bucks on a GPU is going to be a waste.
You're a little wrong. Gaming isn't only field where is better to have powerful grahics card. You can feel a big performance boost if you're using software that supports Core Image (such as Aperture, iMaginator for example).
5200 is a crap, 9600 is only one step up.
 
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