Graphics Cards for MDD G4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by JacaByte, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. JacaByte macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2009
    Hello, I currently have a 1.25 GHz single processor G4 with an Ati Radeon Pro 9000 graphics card, with 128 MB Of VRAM. I also have a Geforce 5500 with 256 MB of VRAM that's currently flashed for PCs. Would it be worth it to reflash the GeForce so I can put it in my MDD G4 or would I be better off leaving it alone with the Radeon? As far as I can tell the GeForce 5500 is a better card.
  2. PowerPCMacMan macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    PowerPC land
    GeForce 7800 gs


    GeForce 7800 gs 256mb is the best and fastest you can get for ago 4x based MDD G4
  3. JacaByte thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2009
  4. TheUI macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2012
    Hey, I too have the ATI 9000 Pro, and was curious as too what task you were running which prompted you for more graphical power.

    Or is it just because, because...thats what's up too!
  5. bax2003 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 25, 2011
    The best options are:
    GeForce 7800GS and ATI Radeon X800XT/X850XT (not from G5 but regular flashed PC one ).

    GeForce 6800GT...too much possible problems - recommended ti be avoided with MDDs and FW800s.

    Radeon 9700 Pro / 9800 Pro / 9800 XT are 2 - 2.5 faster than 9000 Pro, so not bad solution.

    Great resource is:
  6. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

    Aug 9, 2007
    Total waste of cash, even my dual 1.8GHz is CPU limited with an overclocked ATI FireGL X3
  7. JacaByte thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2009
    As I have said before I'm not buying a new graphics card.

    Because I have the Geforce 5500 lying around, taking up space, and the Ati Radeon 9000 Pro is a dinky little card if you ask me. The Geforce has more RAM and a faster clock, so my inspection suggests that the Geforce 5500 is a better card. I was just asking for this forum's opinion on which is better, the 9000 Pro or the Geforce 5500.

    Right now it's basically an SSH tie-in for my DD–WRT powered router. But if it would be worth it to stick the Geforce 5500 in it anyway, why not?
  8. Lil Chillbil macrumors 65816

    Lil Chillbil

    Jan 30, 2012

    glad this has sorted itself out, I am getting my geforce 5500 card today for my g5 can't wait!
  9. JacaByte thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2009
    I dunno, I think your G5 would be better off with a Geforce 7800 or a X800XT/X850XT. The only reason I'm planning on putting a Geforce 5500 in my MDD G4 is because the Geforce 5500 is sitting around unused, in working condition, and the MDD is the only computer I own that can take AGP graphics cards.
  10. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    The 5500 should be a moderate improvent. As I recall the 5500 wasn't a huge improvement over the 5200 while the 5600 had a large jump as it used a higher end GPU (nv34 vs nv35).

    The Radeon 9000 was the lowest end of that series. I would guess that your 5500 should be about the same as a Radeon 9500.

    Don't expect much. Both your cards were lowend models.

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