Graphic Card upgrade for 2004 DP 1.8Ghz Power Mac G5

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by Sporty G, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. Sporty G macrumors member

    Jan 27, 2005
    Hey guys,

    I have a June 2004 revision Power Mac G5 (DP 1.8Ghz) with an AGP slow that is dying for a more powerful graphics card.

    I have had the machine since new and have it paired with a 23" Cinema Display, Magic Mouse, BT Apple keyboard, 4GB of Kingston RAM, a pair of 500gb internal HDs, several TBs of external storage, Logitech Z2300 speakers, etc. We also have a new 15" Mac Book Pro, a 13" Mac Book, an Apple TV, Airport Extreme, etc. The desktop doesn't get a TON of use but it is still snappy enough for a lot of what I use it for.

    However, since I installed Leopard on it, the OS is nowhere near as fast as it was before (with respect to UI graphics, etc).... I should have expected the newer OS would take more of a toil on the system (especially the graphics card) then did Tiger.... the system has only the factory-installed 64mb GeForce card.... I'm assuming that Leopard, probably more than Tiger, can draw from the GPU for graphic-needs/UI work and I'm assuming that a new graphics card would make a difference....

    I just need help deciphering the cards that are available.... 9800XT?? X800??? Any advice on compatible 8x AGP cards would be AMAZING. :)


  2. GyroFX macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2002
    Los Angeles and NorCal
    your best bet are either ATi X800 XT for Mac G5 or a flashed Nvidia 7800GS
  3. VanneDC macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2010
    Dubai, UAE
    mate, iam assuming (yes, yes, i know what assuming stands for :) your crappy vid card is a FX5200 64mb card? just going up to a Ati 9800pro will do all that you need, and the difference is amazing.

    esp when you consider a X800 mac card will set you back 150 bucks even if you can find one.

    you can also flash a pc variant, though your milage may vary :)


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