G5 PPC Dual 2.0 Video Card

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by oldmanmax, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. oldmanmax macrumors member

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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
     
  2. doctormark77 macrumors member

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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.
     
  3. oldmanmax thread starter macrumors member

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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.
     
  4. adcx64 macrumors 65816

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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.
     
  5. California macrumors 68040

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    That's a terrible video card.

    Get the 6800 Geforce ultra. Great card for your mac.
     
  6. adcx64 macrumors 65816

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    What the card I recommended? Or what he already has?
     
  7. thekev macrumors 604

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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.
     
  8. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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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:
     
  9. thekev macrumors 604

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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.
     
  10. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

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    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:
     
  11. oldmanmax thread starter macrumors member

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    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.
     
  12. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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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.
     
  13. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    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.
     
  14. adcx64 macrumors 65816

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    ^Exactly.
    The 9800 supports core image too, so the extra muscle really shines in graphic intensive apps.
     

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